Gold Coast

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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    Visual Studio, ALM & Dynamics CRM

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    UPDATE (17MAY2013): There’s now a whitepaper on the topic as well: ALM for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: CRM Solution Lifecycle Management NOTE: I’ve included related links to both Visual Studio 2010 & 2012 content.  Even thought the Developer...
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    CRM Developer Toolkit & Visual Studio 2012

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    One of the things I have been getting asked about lately is “When will the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM   support Visual Studio 2012?”  It already does!  Just go download the latest version of the SDK .  You’ll find...
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    CRM Online & Windows Azure: Improving the SSO experience

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    This is supposed to be one of a series of CRM Online & Windows Azure posts for which I have been building some samples.  While I really wanted to make this the second or third post, someone needed the explanation sooner, so this will be somewhat...
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    Enable IE10 spell check in a CRM 2011 form

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    UPDATE: Yes, I am shamelessly promoting IE10 in this post, but this will work in any browser CRM that supports the spellcheck attribute. Now that Polaris/UR12 is out, CRM works with browsers like IE10 and others that support the spellcheck attribute of...
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    CRM Solution Manager keeps getting better

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    Full disclosure, I received a free license from the authors of the tool.  However, I do believe it’s definitely worth the license fee . I’ve blogged previously about reasons for my fondness of the www.crmsolutionmanager.com addin to Visual Studio...
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    Make sure your CRM 2011 customizations will work with the upcoming cross browser release

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    UPDATE: The Dynamics CRM in the Field blog just published a useful post on Script Errors after Installing UR12 . The next update to CRM 2011 introduces an expanded range of supported browsers. You can learn more about the upcoming release here: ...
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    Improving the performance of multiple Inserts, Updates, and Deletes via the CRM 2011 Organization Service

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    UPDATE: Now that Polaris/UR12 are out, the new bulk API is available. Check out Sonoma Partners blog post on a simple benchmark of the improvements . Now you can Combine the ne bulk API with client side parallelism to achieve even better performance....
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    LINQPad, CRM 2011, and using Office 365 accounts

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    I recently discovered that the LINQPad Plugin for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 doesn’t support authenticating using Office 365 credentials.  According to commenter EdWells , you can copy the latest version of crmsvcutil.exe and microsoft.xrm.sdk.dll...
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    Getting started with the CRM 2011 Windows Store app sample

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    UPDATE (18APR2013): Updated AuthenticateAsync() extension method to handle both IFD and CRM Online authentication.  Now, the code in HelloCRM will work regardless of whether you point it to an IFD or CRM Online Organization Service.  All you...
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    The BEST SiteMap editor you probably don’t know about

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    One of the keys to being a more productive CRM developer is knowing what community tools are out there.  Sometimes, as soon as you think you have a favorite tool, you find another one that makes you smile.  Hopefully, I’m helping create one...
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    The ultimate documentation tool for Dynamics CRM 2011

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    SnapShot! for Dynamics CRM - http://www.crmaccelerators.net/products/snapshot-for-dynamics-crm …extracts and consolidates the following components: System Settings Entities Fields Relationships Views Forms Option Sets Field Security Security Roles Solutions...
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    Developing CRM 2011 customizations without a local server

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    I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year applying my general application development experience to the world of Dynamics CRM customizations (aka XRM).  Often, I take part in conversations that go something like “Why is X harder to do when customizing...
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    Unit testing CRM 2011 JavaScript web resources

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    UPDATE: Fixed the video resolution issue.  Higher resolution (720p) version is available. After writing my post on unit testing plugins , I’ve been asked a few times about how to do the same for Dynamics CRM 2011 JavaScript web resources.  While...
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    WEBCAST: CRM 2011 Team Development With Shan McArthur

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    UPDATE: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recording via the details link below. Team development for Dynamics CRM 2011 customizations is a topic I get into often with customers and partners.  The best, most comprehensive session I have...
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    How I develop and unit test CRM 2011 plugins

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    This is probably the most promised, but never published blog post on my list of potential posts.  I’ve managed to convince enough CRM developers I’ve run into that they should get some test driven development with unit testing religion.  Especially...
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    The Dynamics CRM resource so many have been looking for

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    http://www.crmfieldguide.com/ The CRM Field Guide is an essential guide to Microsoft Dynamics CRM that everyone should have on their bookshelf. This book offers you details not only on CRM fundamentals and extensibility points but also the tried and true...
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    CRM 2011, Visual Studio, and Source Control of non-code customizations

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    In the latest release of the Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK, a new tool was introduced which creates new options for how teams can source control their non-code customizations.  The tool is called SolutionPackager.  I encourage you to read the following...
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    UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Windows Store App OData helper

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    I worked with a partner, EastBanc Technologies , who used the approach I blogged about here and here to build a Windows Store App for a Dynamics CRM solution.  The folks at EastBanc Technologies found some bugs.  We worked together to fix the...
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    Building VB.NET plugins with the developer toolkit

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    Scenario: “I’ve seen the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online , but it only ships with C# templates.  I’m a VB.NET developer.  How can I get the developer productivity from the toolkit while still...
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    Updated Developer Tips and Tricks Deck

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    I spend a lot of time talking to .NET developers who are looking at building business applications using Dynamics CRM.  They journey to understanding how to be a productive Dynamics CRM developer can sometimes be daunting.  There’s a bit to...
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    Moving an existing Hyper-V vhd to Windows Azure

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    I talked about building a CRM dev VM running on Windows Azure from scratch here .  However, you might have an existing VM that you’d prefer to run on Windows Azure instead.  Why?  Here are some reasons I can think of which may or may not...
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    Resizing an Azure VM vhd file

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    UPDATE (09SEP2013): There's a faster way. See: https://github.com/maartenba/WindowsAzureDiskResizer I got into a bit of a predicament where the C drive of the VM I created here started to fill up. I needed to install some software that only gave me...
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    Preventing charges for an Azure VM when not in use

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    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...
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    CRM Solution Manager

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    Full disclosure, I received a free license from the authors of the tool.  However, I do believe it’s definitely worth the license fee . I’ve been using the CRM Solution Manager add in for Visual Studio quite a bit lately.  I’ve grown fond of...
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    Building an entity model faster through the CRM 2011 import process

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    Here’s a little tip that, as I speak with customers/partners, I’m discovering isn’t well known.  I will show you how to leverage features of the import process to the fact that import process allows you to build your entities much faster in Dynamic...
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