I am in Seattle this week learning the latest and greatest around the technical stuff @ Microsoft. It is refreshing to be able to devote a week to just forgetting about partners and customers and everybody and focusing on learning some new things. :-) I am actually doing a presentation this week on Office 2007, Vista and Microsoft CRM. So I have been playing with a bunch of cool things and in the next couple of weeks should have some posts up of some new toys for you to play with. :-)

One of the things I enjoy in Vista is the SideBar and Gadgets. One of the ones i enjoy the most is the RSS feed gadget, which allows you to read RSS feeds with out opening up a web browser.

Michaeljon Miller wrote a cool application on extracting information from CRM and exposing it via RSS. You can find this application here. In talking with him, there are a few changes you need to make if you want to be able to demo. So if you want to demo this, and I recommend you do, here are some easy to follow steps to get this up and running.

  • Download the application from here.
  • Unzip the files into C:\Program Files\Microsoft CRM\CRMWeb\RSS
  • Open the Make.Bat File in NotePad
  • Replace the test to read as follows:

c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\csc /out:RSSServices.dll /target:library MetadataCache.cs MetadataService.cs CrmService.cs
copy /y RSSServices.dll ..\bin

/// <remarks/>
public CrmService() {
this.Url = http://localhost:5555/mscrmservices/2006/crmservice.asmx

  • Save and close the CRMService.cs file
  • Open metadataservice.cs file. Around line 20 or so look for:

/// <remarks/>
public MetadataService() {
this.Url = "http://localhost/mscrmservices/2006/metadataservice.asmx"

  • Change that to read:

/// <remarks/>
public MetadataService() {
this.Url = http://localhost:5555/mscrmservices/2006/metadataservice.asmx

  • Save and close the metadataservice.cs file
  • Double Click on the make.bat file to launch it. It should create a DLL which is located in both the RSS directory and the C:\Program Files\Microsoft CRM\CRMWeb\bin Directory
  • Browse to http://localhost:5555/rss/rss.aspx

You how have the ability to subscribe to data feeds from CRM in Outlook 2007 and Vista as well as any other news readers such as NewsGator or RSSBandit. Happy Demo'ing. Thanks MJM for the tips in helping us get this running in a demo environment.