CRM2011 Support reference numbers

Support reference numbers are now provided to the user in CRM2011 when an exception is thrown where the details may contain sensitive information. Initially we thought that they could be standard codes with corresponding meanings, however the code is a random code that is used to cross reference ag... [More]

View un-encrypted SOAP xml when calling CRM2011 WCF end point

If you've ever used an HTTP Proxy (like Fiddler) to debug web service calls to ASMX endpoints, you'll probably try the same with the CRM2011 WCF web services only to be greeted with an encrypted soap packet. If you want to see the plain soap xml calls your client application or web application is ma... [More]

Automatically Generate CRM2011 Entity Data Model Documentation

I am a firm believer in using a tool to generate documentation; it makes it more accurate and ultimately more useful. With CRM 4.0 we used a tool that parsed the Customizations.xml to produce the documentation. A significant difference between CRM2011 and CRM4.0 is the managed solutions approach to ... [More]

Speed up JavaScript Web Resource development time

Don't waste time re-publishing JavaScript web resources during development The new solution framework in Dynamics CRM 2011 is a fantastic addition to the Xrm platform – especially with the new Web Resources functionality. The ability to include JavaScript files rather than including the script in t... [More]

Things Dynamics CRM 4.0 Developers must know about CRM 2011 #1:

Nulls are handled differently by the SDK Web services: Using the CRM 4.0 SDK webservice and pipeline context, you could always exclude an attribute from an update by setting it to null. This has now changed: CRM 4.0: entity.attributename = null; CRM 2011: entity.Remove("attributename");  ... [More]

Cloud CRM for Less: $200 Cash back per seat

Microsoft have announced a new promotion called 'Cloud CRM for Less' that targets Oracle and Salesforce.com customers offering USD200 per seat cash back: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/dec10/12-06OpenLetterPR.mspx http://www.cloudCRMforLess.com

Unit Testing Dynamics CRM 2011 Pipeline Plugins using Rhino Mocks

It’s been a while since Dynamics CRM 2011 Beta 1 was released (surely we are due Beta 2 soon!) so I thought it was about time I set up a Unit Test framework for PlugIns. I’ve been using Rhino Mocks for a while to great effect, so here we go! This example aims to unit test the SDK sample... [More]

CRM 2011 Document Management in SharePoint

Integration between Dynamics CRM and SharePoint has been possible since version 3.0 but involved custom extensions that often proved tricky to maintain. Dynamics CRM 2011 now provides SharePoint integration out of the box. This post provides a summary of this new integration with SharePoint 2010. ... [More]

Export Dynamics CRM Plugin Assembly

Have you ever uploaded a Dynamics CRM Plug in and then later wanted to get the assembly that was uploaded? The following steps are to modify the Plugin Registration Tool found in the CRM SDK to allow export of assemblies once they are uploaded. 1. In the file OrganisationHelper.cs

Modify th... [More]