Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.
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Setting up a Microsoft Cloud trial
CRM Online based solutions often run across the broader Microsoft Cloud, not just CRM Online alone. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s a picture that hits home this point at a high level. To help people get started trying this environment out, I’ve created a video...
19 Feb 2015
Authenticating to an Azure hosted web service from CRM Online Sandbox code
UPDATE (14MAR2013): Uploaded a modified sample which addresses storing credentials in secure config and adds comments around how to encrypt those credentials. While I show a synchronous plugin in the demo for simplicity of the walkthrough, you should always evaluate whether your plugin logic can...
12 Mar 2013
Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user
Sometimes you need to run ASP.NET code outside of Dynamics CRM to achieve your goals. This usually manifests itself either as a page embedded in CRMs main content area which is accessible via a link in the sitemap similar to the following: Another place this is often used is embedding external...
19 Feb 2013
Preventing charges for an Azure VM when not in use
When you shutdown an Azure VM, you still get charged for usage. That’s because the hardware for your VM is still allocated/dedicated to you. It’s just not being used. To prevent charges, you can delete the VM. When you do that, your .vhd file(s) don’t’ get deleted. Therefore...
5 Jul 2012
CRM Online myth busters
DISCMLAIMER: Parts of this blog post contain my opinion and don’t necessarily reflect the opinion of my employer, nor is it an official endorsement by Microsoft of any of the tools / technologies I mention. I’ve been in my new role, focusing on Dynamics CRM, for about 7 months now. Having focused...
20 Apr 2012
Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Compute and Connect
UPDATE (30MAY2013): The core concepts in this post still apply. However, now you have two options Windows Azure Networking or Windows Azure Connect . This post is somewhat of a placeholder. I have some work to do to get everything in order to create a post/video. However, I wanted to provide you some...
16 Apr 2012
Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Service Bus Relay
The Windows Azure Service Bus Relay enables applications hosted anywhere with an internet connection to securely call back to applications hosted in your own datacenter behind a firewall. The CRM 2011 SDK offers documentation on how to use the Windows Azure Service Bus Relay from CRM Online. ...
16 Apr 2012
CRM Online + Windows Azure = Many Possibilities
I have spent some time lately working with both potential CRM Online customers and partners who were unaware of the what’s really possible when you combine CRM Online with Windows Azure. I primarily work with customers/partners building “enterprise” solutions. I have heard statements like...
16 Apr 2012
Cross domain calls to the parent CRM 2011 form
14 Feb 2012
What does a custom CRM solution look like?
UPDATED with the Grants Manager solution accelerator... There are many examples that I will be blogging about. Here is one that uses both Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Windows Azure or Dynamics CRM 2011 and Windows Server on-prem. http://311center.codeplex.com/ Microsoft 311 Accelerator for Dynamics...
28 Oct 2011
My first time being the interviewee
I’ve interviewed customers over the years for Ch9, but this is the first time I was interviewed. Zhiming Xue (aka “Dr. Z”) interviewed me about my WP7 app . Check it out if you are interested: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Building-My-First-Windows-Phone-7-Application
17 Dec 2010
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