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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    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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    Ensuring you are using your prefix everywhere

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    With Dynamics CRM 2011, there are many ways to get the same task done when you are customizing your solution.  However, what prefix is used depends on where you came from.  Let’s take the scenario of creating an entity.  If you are working...
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    Upgrading to IE9 without breaking incompatible apps

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    As many of you know, the CRM 2011 UI leverages more “in browser” processing.  Because of this, CRM 2011 will perform better when using the latest version of Internet Explorer (currently IE9) because of IE’s advances in performance through hardware...
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    Building a CRM 2011 dev box using a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

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    UPDATE: The instructions were a bit out of order.  Thanks for @DynamicsCRM_EDU for the heads up!  I fixed it.  Please let me know if you find anything else that needs clarification.  I write these things late in the night most of the...
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    UPDATED SAMPLE: CRM 2011 Metro style OData helper

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    I’ve updated the sample I started here by implementing Create Update and Delete methods.  The library is still not complete or well tested, but it is at least a head start to building a CRUD capable Windows 8 Metro style application using the CRM...
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    CRM 2011, OData and datajs

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    UPDATE: FALSE ALARM about batch updates.  Turns out the CRM 2011 OData service doesn’t support batch updates .  I just assumed it did because I’ve written .NET/Silverlight clients against the CRM 2011 OData service using a derived DataServiceContext...
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    Adxstudio Productivity Pack

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    http://dkdt.me/LozNSi Run, don’t walk, and go grab this CRM dev essential.  A few of my blog posts are irrelevant (or at least much less effort) once you’ve installed this free set of enhancements to Dynamics CRM 2011.  From their website: Adxstudio...
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    Eliminating manual device registration

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    If you are connecting to CRM Online with a Live ID, you need to register a Device ID and Device Password when using the organization service from an outside caller.  I walk through this in my Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller post. ...
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    Geocoding and displaying a map for an address in CRM 2011

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    There are a few blog posts out there that cover this topic, but the ones I’ve found don’t take you through it step by step.  I will, however, make assumptions like you know how to create an entity, add web resources to a form, etc.  Here goes...
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    Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller

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    UPDATE: Thanks to some internal discussions with folks on the SDK team, I discovered a simpler way that doesn’t require manually putting the deviceid/devicepassword in the config file.  I decided to leave this post as-is for two reasons.  First...
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    Controlling CRM 2011 popup windows

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    Now and then, I hear from users that don’t like the fact that CRM loads screens in distinct windows in certain scenarios.  I can understand how these windows can get a little daunting if you have too many open and are switching context between multiple...
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    Minify Selection in Visual Studio 2010

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    You learn something new every day!  One of the things I’ve been talking to CRM folks about a bit lately is Minifying your CRM 2011 JavaScript and CSS .  Well, I just discovered that when you install the Microsoft Ajax Minifier , you get a handy...
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    Using the CRM 2011 OData service from a Metro style app

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    UPDATE: Fixed a few bugs in the downloadable sample including one where it wouldn’t work in Office 365 based CRM Online subscriptions. Edited some text in the post for clarity. UPDATE2: Added some text about how to get this working for Windows...
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    Populate Two Options values when creating a record in a dialog

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    Scenario: “I have an entity with a field of type ‘Two Options’ that I would like to populate within a ‘Create Record’ activity in a CRM 2011 dialog.   The ‘Two Options’ type in CRM 2011 is a boolean.  The ‘Prompt and Response’ activity...
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    REMINDER: SharePoint BCS connector for CRM

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    I’ve been going through a bunch of CRM integration scenarios to refresh my “hands on” abilities.  You have to do that in a job like mine, otherwise you’re just a talking head that doesn’t know what you’re talking about .  Anyway, the topic of...
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    TIP: Associate a schema with an XML file in Visual Studio 2010

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    It’s been a while since I had to do it.  However, as I’ve started to need to tweak FetchXML after I’ve built the baseline using my little trick , I realized I was doing things the hard way.  I was looking at the FetchXML reference on MSDN and...
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    Converting a SQL report to FecthXML

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    Scenario: “I want to move to CRM Online, but I wrote all my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) using the SQL Data Source.  How do I convert them to use FetchXML?” Below I have three reports: All three reports will look identical to the end user...
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    Cross domain calls from JavaScript

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    It’s exciting times for web developers.  Many of the hoops we used to have to jump through are being eliminated as more browsers support more of the HTML5 spec and more people are using modern browsers.  One of the things that has me excited...
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    Design for Online

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    UPDATE (30MAY2013): Have a look at this post for some tangible examples of Windows Azure with CRM to address some of these scenarios. DISCLAIMER: This post is not official guidance from Microsoft. It’s the thoughts and opinion of one guy who...
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    CRM Online myth busters presentation

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    I’ve created a presentation version of my CRM Online myth busters post.  The goal of the deck is the same as the post, which is to share common misconceptions I run into about CRM Online when speaking with folks.  The presentation is geared...
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