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London CRM Meetup is completed

London CRM Meetup is completed successfully. 

After event Ramon Tebar (Metrobank CRM Software Architect - CRM MVP) said that
"Great Team Work yesterday at the CRM London Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/London-CRM-Meetup) celebrated in our Holborn offices. Our CRM Team managed to organise end-to-end its first public event and share some of the lessons learnt in our CRM implementation during the already almost last 4 years. This was a great opportunity to exchange experiences with other professionals and near 60 people came along. Our new team member, Natalia Blanco, was able to prepare and print all the badges for our external and internal attendees. Kiran Thind, Samira Bijle, Charlie Peacock and Marc Trotman kindly welcomed our guests at the store and walked them to the event room. Sergio Fernandez, Faisal Memon and Irfan Mistry helped to set the room layout and organise all the chairs. At the same time, David Duong and Thomas Yates configured the microphones and checked the room audio. Marcin Bochenko brought his cool camera and took pictures during the whole session (looking forward to seeing them!). When everyone was in the room, Metroman came along to say hello thanks to Liam Hunt. Our speakers were able to deliver a dynamic and entertaining agenda within the scheduled time. Deane Roe walked us through the challenges to gather and organise our requirements across multiple projects. Sebastian Waksmundzki and Baris Kanlica shared some developments advices. Our Test Lead, Chelsey Dawe, showed how to plan efficiently the CRM test cases. Mario Trueba, Vikas Yadev and Matthew Groves explained how to integrate CRM with other systems. Freya Breitenbach described how important our digital communications are. Labina Jusufi explained some of the tricks to adopt and maintain our CRM practise. To close the event, we run an interactive Q&A session with the whole team involved and our guests raised multiple interesting questions. Thanks to Jeff Higgs and David Young, our CTO, for joining us and help us to answer some of the enquiries from our audience. I believe we have now new Metro Bank Fans :) " 







FetchXML\View Record Counter XRM Toolbox Plugin

XrmToolBox is a Windows application that connects to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, providing tools to ease customization and configuration tasks. It is shipped with more than 30 plugins to make administration, customization or configuration tasks easier and less time consuming.

We have created a plugin for this usefull tool.

FetchXML\View Record Counter allow you get count of any FetchXML query or CRM view. CRM counts total number of records up to 5.000, so you need to this tool for get correct result.

For use this plugin you have to install last version of XRM ToolBox from that address: http://www.xrmtoolbox.com/download.html

Than you have to check the box of "FetchXML\View Record Counter" and click "Install Selected Plugin(s)"


Now you are ready work with FetchXML\View Record Counter, just find it in the plugin list and open it.


Just you need to do simply copy/paste your FetchXML to textbox


OR using "Load Entity" button load any entity in CRM and select any view what you need to get count. When you click to "Execute Count" button you will get the count of your records.

You will get the result while counting

Update Rollup 1 (UR1) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

Update Rollup 1 (UR1) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 is planned to solve the following 187 issues:

  • Appointment tile only shows the end time of appointment in the CRM for Tablets.
  • Cannot use backspace key to delete value from fields with iOS7 in Safari on iPad.
  • 1: N lookup fields are not populated when using mobile devices.
  • A JavaScript error occurs switching between forms for Facilities/Equipment.
  • A script error occurs when closing a DateTime control in CRM for Tablets.
  • Using the OrgDbOrgSetting tool to set the boolean value SkipGettingRecordCountForPaging to True causes paging to be removed from subgrids.
  • After upgrading to CRM 2015 the fields DeliveryPriorityCode and DeliveryLastAttemptedOn do not appear on all Out of Box Activity Entities.
  • Business Process Flows are not displayed on the Account entity for the System Administrator role.
  • Business Rules do not fire when comparing a decimal field value equal to 0.
  • Cannot Save or Delete Connections when Team Templates are removed.
  • Charts containing option sets ignore the order that is specified.
  • Command bar Enable rules do not work when detecting if an attribute exists in the CRM Client for Outlook.
  • Dependency calculation error occurs when importing a queue item view with an attribute from a custom relationship.
  • The Activities tab in the Social Pane will not display Email Activities containing an invalid HTML format.
  • Ellipses are disappearing when the command bar labels have long names.
  • Extra white space appears between form controls when scrolling in Safari on iOS7.
  • When assigning Team membership via a custom plugin, users receive an error message when attempting to open records owned by the assigned Team.
  • Executing a ApplyRoutingRuleRequest message in code will execute without error but the rule is not applied.
  • Removing or inserting line breaks in response to an HTML email using the web client will cause email font to be lost in some parts of the email body.
  • Incorrect messaging for Marketing Campaigns when using Russian language pack.
  • Incorrect time is displayed when using custom time formats on Activity entities.
  • Loading a child record from a parent can cause parent activities to load on child activity wall.
  • Merging records with same Team as the owner creates unnecessary POA records.
  • CRM for Tablets will not configure for some time zones.
  • On Quote, Order, and Invoice the associated entity navigation bar is not updating with the correct navigation tiles.
  • Outlook crashes when viewing another users items in the calendar, contacts folder, or task folder.
  • Outlook hangs after startup when CRM for Outlook is configured.
  • Parent Account is not populated for Phone Call activites if creating the activity from a subgrid on the Account entity Information form.
  • Quick Find does not work on Articles when added to a Dashboard as a subgrid.
  • Quick View form shows incorrect status reason values when displaying the data on a different entity form.
  • Rendering issues with SharePoint integration when using managed metadata columns in SharePoint.
  • A script error occurs when deactivating a CRM record after viewing the Documents area for SharePoint integration.
  • Resizing a chart pane that contains multiple X Axis categories, one of which is a Boolean field, causes category values to be removed.
  • Resolved Case settings in Case Creation rules are not processing as expected.
  • Resources tile is not present under related navigation for the Site entity.
  • Using the Save and Close button when creating multiple Appointments on the Sales Calendar causes an error to occur.
  • Scroll bar does not appear on Edit Properties and View Properties dialog windows for SharePoint documents.
  • Scrolling appears jittery and does not react to touch in Safari on iOS7 on iPad3.
  • Sent Emails are not promoted to CRM when using Track all Email messages and Server Side Sync.
  • Using Xrm.Page.ui.setFormNotification to set a notification does not work when triggered from a Quick Create form.
  • Solution import fails with error that the LocalizedLabel is required by another solution.
  • Error messages generated when working with Appointment activities appear in a language different than the default selected for the CRM organization.
  • Related navigation tiles are missing from entity forms.
  • Tiles for sub-menu items are missing from horizontal navigation bars.
  • Updating an email address value for a recipient that contains multiple email addresses in CRM causes replies to a previously received email to be sent to the newly updated email address instead of the original email address.
  • The DisplayRules for command bar buttons are not reevaluated after a case record has been reassigned.
  • Regarding information is missing for email activities when going offline.
  • The Reading Pane for Phone Call records are not displayed in CRM for Outlook.
  • The sample currency format that is displayed in the Personal Settings Format tab is displayed incorrectly.
  • Users with Administrative Access Mode are unable to import a solution containing Reports.
  • Attempting to update a Connection entity record that does not have a Connection Role defined results in an error.
  • Asynchronous Plugins that generate a COM Exception enter a failed state instead of being temporarily suspended and cannot be retried.
  • Custom web resources inserted in an iframe on an entity form are not rendered correctly when viewed in the Safari browser on iPad.
  • When adding data to the CRM Fields form in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Client for Outlook, that data is not being persisted to the record if the user does not click away from the field to lose focus.
  • When Creating Custom System Views, users may notice that if they leave the Primary Name Attribute on the view, it may not display in the CRM for Outlook Client.
  • Exporting a solutiong containing an SLA record will add a new SLA workflow process to the customizations.xml file each time the solution is exported.
  • Datetime fields with a format setting of Date Only will continue to display time values when viewed in CRM for Tablets.
  • Attempting to filter a lookup using a 1:N relationship results in an error when clicking on the lookup icon if the related field is not already populated.
  • When inserting a template into the body of an email using Internet Explorer, the template is inserted at the top of the email body instead of at the expected cursor location.
  • Trace logging for the CRM Unzip Service refers to the SharePoint Async Service when it should instead mention the CRM Unzip Service.
  • Poor performance is observed when attempting to use the Find Available Times feature for Resource Scheduling for the first time.
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK calls will not work as expected if the Security Token Service used for Claims Based Authentication does not produce an Asymetric Security Token response.
  • You are unable to create records for custom Activity entities when the RegardingObjectId is set.
  • Clicking the dropdown arrow to the right of the Activities menu does not display Recently Viewed Items.
  • An error occurs when creating a new E-mail template: "An error has occurred, please return to the home page and try again."
  • Email fields do not resolve properly even after manually resolving to a Contact.
  • Phone Call activity created from a contact record does not auto populate the field Call To.
  • An error occurs when creating a second Appointment record from the Dashboard Navigation: "Try again."
  • When an .exe file is attached to a Note in a Case, it throws an error and the Note is not saved.
  • Script error occurs when clicking front and back arrows in the Help dialog.
  • Duplicate sequence numbers occur for Opportunity, Quote, Order and Invoice details.
  • A script error occurs when opening an entity on an Android 4.4 device.
  • Forms are not refreshed when assigning Accounts to other users.
  • ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx changes causing Silverlight controls to fail.
  • Tabbing does not work in Safari 8 on OS X 10.10.
  • Using the Stage.getCategory() function for the Process Flow API does not work properly.
  • Branch fields are not being reset when changing stage in the Process Flow in Safari 8 on OS X 10.10.
  • A blank page is added when exporting a report created from Report Wizard.
  • A script error occurs when removing all branches from a branching Business Process Flow.
  • An error occurs when trying to set dynamic fields in a workflow for the Account entity.
  • Saving a Business Process Flow without providing details in the "value" field throws an Invalid Argument error.
  • Opening an activated Business Process Flow and closing without making changes asks if user is sure they want to leave the page.
  • Business Rules do not execute after meeting conditions in CRM for Tablets.
  • Process Rules are not triggered when setting custom Two Option field with an existing field.
  • Required fields in CRM for Tablets are set and uneditable for Opportunities.
  • Stages in Business Process Flows are missing when using nested branches.
  • Going backwards in a Business Process Flow marks all items as Complete instead of clearing them.
  • Clicking on the Audit History tab of a workflow causes an "Unexpected Error" to occur.
  • Script errors occur when using Business Process Flow APIs such as setActiveStage.
  • Unable to import a managed solution containing Business Process Flows from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.
  • Marketplace solutions links do not function.
  • Unable to create a Competitor and an error occurs when saving the Competitor form.
  • A script error occurs when closing a record from Bulk Deletion window.
  • Clicking Save and Close in the Hierarchy Security Configuration window without any changes throw an "Invalid Argument" error.
  • Daylight Savings Time changes for Chile and Mexico.
  • Hierarchy Security Configuration window does not appear in Chrome.
  • When adding users through Multiple Users window, it does not find valid Active Directory users.
  • Removing a security role from a team takes a very long time.
  • Performance on the Product entity has decreased.
  • Hierarchy rules are broken when a User's Business Unit is changed that is part of a user-manager hierarchy.
  • Error deleting Connections when using Azure plugins or Workflows.
  • Solution Imports fail when Workflows containing dynamic URLs are included.
  • Complex calculated fields on related entities cannot be defined.
  • Activity Feeds are not working in an Internet Facing Deployment upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015.
  • CRM for Outlook Pivot Table and dynamic export to Excel options fail to export.
  • Incorrect text is displayed when clicking on Add Condition for Calculated fields with the System Customizer role.
  • Unable to connect to an organization with more than 1000 users.
  • Event campaigns with "Publish to Web" checked are not being listed in the Event Calendar page.
  • When you have a plugin registered on Create of a Contact, the Contact fails to be created.
  • Actual revenue field, when edited with alphanumeric values, is getting reset with the previous numeric value present when using the CRM for Tablets.
  • Blank space displayed when scrolling through the associated records on Android 4.4 devices.
  • Script error occurs when a user navigates to an entity grid from a record after reconnecting a CRM for Tablets device to a network.
  • Unable to configure the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 CRM for Tablets application with OAuth while on an internal LAN.
  • Black background is seen when scrolling records in 'Opportunity Product Inline' associated simple list of the Opportunity form in iOS8.
  • Notes quick create form is not dismissed on clicking System back button and application is closed on Android 4.4.
  • "All Day Event" within Appointment is not functioning as expected on Android 4.4.
  • Lookup bar leaves white space at right end while scrolling on Android 4.4.
  • List controls in search results are not populated with additional records on Android devices.
  • Tiles disappear when navigating to and from the dashboard on Android devices.
  • Dropdown values are not displaying properly the first time opened on Android devices.
  • A horizontal gray line appears on users lookup bar when using Android 4.4.
  • When "Prevent click-to-call" is unchecked under Policy set. Control policy error is displayed when user clicks on contact card when using CRM for Tablets.
  • Script error occurs when opening any record from an activity grid after using record set navigation on the CRM for Tablets.
  • Fields that are meant to be Date only should not show Date and Time controls in CRM for Tablets.
  • Receiving Invalid Parameter Error in CRM for Tablets for sub-grid views with Related Entity columns.
  • Changes made to the Email Server Profile record during the loading period persists.
  • A confusing error message occurs when the CRM for Outlook client cannot logon to the MAPI store in Outlook.
  • CRM 2015 Client for Outlook ADAL library is not FIPS compliant.
  • Appointment record is not created in CRM when tracked by invitee from the CRM for Outlook client.
  • An OAuth Error occurs when selecting CRM Online and "Connect automatically with my current credentials" is left checked when configuring the CRM for Outlook client.
  • Not able to send the direct mail for selected account record in outlook offline mode of CRM for Outlook client.
  • Unable to change the settings of Address Book, for the "Entity record type being Synced to Address Book" in the CRM for Outlook client.
  • Outlook crashes when configured with the CRM for Outlook client if it loses network connectivity.
  • Icons are not displaying for Opportunity Products and Opportunity relationships in the navigation bar.
  • Opportunity Product list does not show name for Write-In products.
  • Suggested Product is added more than once if we click on ADD button on the suggestion fly out more than once.
  • Business Closure URL allows for XSS security vulnerability.
  • Resolve stage in Case form is empty when using CRM for Tablets.
  • Incorrect solution customization for ContractTemplate and KbArticleTemplate.
  • Action Calls to navigate to a webpage is appending the org url when called through routing rule during session creation.
  • Show Tab functionality from a sub-button does not work properly.
  • Unable to set a timer on the Task Editor form.
  • Email a link option is not functioning on KB Article template.
  • Unable to use custom Views in Products subgrids.
  • Stakeholders and Competitors cannot be added in the Lead or Opportunity forms using a subgrid.
  • Incorrect dialog is displayed when selecting "Set Work hours" from the Customer Service Schedule.
  • When a custom entity has a primary name attribute set as optional and a record is created without a value for the primary name field, you are unable to select this record through a lookup to this entity.
  • Unable to create a new View using Chrome because of dialog stating "You must provide basic information about this view before using this form."
  • If a user does not have the Read permission for the Campaign entity an error will occur while reading, or creating an Account, Contact, or Lead.
  • After opening an Account record from the hierarchy view into a new window using left arrow pop up button the Account form appears. When that Account form is closed the home page is displayed instead of displaying hierarchy view.
  • Multi-line field headers are not a tab stop.
  • Script errors occur when changing Start Times on Service Restrictions.
  • Clicking On Associate child Cases and SetParent Relationship Dialog causes a JavaScript error.
  • Unable to open the Quick Find entities selection when in System Settings using Chrome.
  • Unable to use Lookup Field that will be filtered by N:1 relationship.
  • A JavaScript error occurs when clicking the OK button after checking checkboxes for Global Audit Settings.
  • Users are unable to select elements from a dropdown list using the keyboard.
  • Icons do not load properly on Safari 8 browser for OS X 10.10.
  • An error message occurs when trying to edit filter criteria of a System View.
  • Users are unable to unfollow or follow multiple records from an entity grid.
  • Duplicate tabs appear for Work Hours and Service Restrictions.
  • Unable to add columns in Reports wizard page for Sales reports.
  • Users are unable to enter First Name and Last Name in the Lead form on iOS8 devices.
  • Users are unable to enter First Name and Last Name in the Lead form on Android 4.4.2 devices.
  • Email Templates and Email tabs are not visible in Settings menu.
  • Buttons are hidden behind scroll bar and are not displayed appropriately on ribbon for Connection roles.
  • Form Assistant on Scheduling dialog does not show the Resources tree for the selected Service.
  • Double Click does not open properties dialog in Chrome.
  • Clicking OK or Cancel in the Recurring Appointment fly out does not work in Chrome.
  • A script error occurs when clicking delete on a Service Restriction.
  • The "OK" button does not respond in the Email Configuration form from the CRM for Outlook client.
  • Navigation arrows and item numbers disappear when browsing subgrid items.
  • You are unable to add components to an existing solution.
  • An error occurs when adding a custom filter in the CRM Client for Outlook.
  • The "OK" button does not respond in the Service Configuration Settings.
  • An error occurs when editing the Bing Map control.
  • Adding a step to a workflow causes a script error in Internet Explorer and causes Chrome to stop responding.
  • Service Schedule Work Hours are not being saved for "Are the same each day" and "var by day" options.
  • Activity status is truncated in the Activity record.
  • Field Security Profiles do not save.
  • The Save As dialog throws a script error when clicking the OK button.
  • Unable to see menu controls on the Menu Bar in Safari 8 on Mini Mac OS.
  • The Entitlements subgrid moves when scrolling and overlaps column names.
  • A script error occurs when clicking the "X" on the Service Scheduling dialog.
  • Unable to add multiple components to a Solution at one time.
  • Unable to share an Account record from the Advanced Find window.
  • Field Security permissions changes are not automatically reflected on forms.

Please see this support article for more: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3010990

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing 2015 Update, and Parature, from Microsoft.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing 2015 Update, and Parature, from Microsoft.

The 2015 updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing have arrived! Updates to Parature, from Microsoft are soon to follow in early 2015. These updates add enhancements to sales, marketing, and customer service functionality, and will also add features to facilitate marketing and sales team collaboration.

Products updated

These products will be affected by the 2015 update:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM online and on-premises versions

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM for tablets

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM for phones

  • Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

  • Parature, from Microsoft

New features

These are just a few of the highlights in the 2015 update:

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

  • Create product families: Boost selling effectiveness with the ability to bundle products and recommend related products for cross-selling/up-selling opportunities.

  • Use sales hierarchies:  Manage and report on your sales data in a way that maps to your business. New hierarchical visualizations and roll-ups bring real-time territory and forecasting data to your fingertips.

  • Mobile sales improvements: Increase field sales productivity with flexible, role tailored dashboards and analytics, personalized home pages and the ability to navigate by hierarchy. This version of the tablet app also includes improved support for disconnected scenarios.

  • Access CRM records on the go via voice commands: Cortana is now part of Microsoft Dynamics CRM! For customers with Windows Phone 8.1, you can now use conversational voice commands to seamlessly create follow-up appointments, tasks, and phone calls; quickly find information; view your customer lists; and more. Note: This feature will be available in English only in markets where Cortana is available. Read about Cortana voice commands for CRM in the topic Take a tour of CRM for phones.

  • Enhanced sales processes: Guide sellers toward desired outcomes with enhanced branching logic within your sales processes. Increase impact via automation of business processes and enforcement of business rules across all devices.

  • Expanded case management functionality: Enable agents to provide differentiated levels of support with flexible Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Gain insight into service effectiveness with the ability to track and analyze key metrics like SLAs and thresholds.

  • Microsoft Social Listening availability: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customers with a minimum of 10 Professional users automatically have access to Social Listening as part of their subscription at no additional charge. Customers who have an Enterprise subscription also have access to Social Listening but with no minimum user requirement. You can add Microsoft Social Listening subscriptions from the Office 365 Administrative Portal.

  • Microsoft Social Listening for on-premises CRM customers: You can now access Social Listening directly from within Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 - even as an on-premises customer - and may also be eligible for a discounted rate. Contact your Microsoft Dynamics partner for more information.

  • Improvements in CRM for Outlook: Set up CRM for Outlook quickly and easily with the completely redesigned Configuration Wizard. With Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 for Outlook, users can sync assigned tasks and appointment attachments. Admins can control synchronization between pairs of fields, which provides confidence about where data is coming from and how it's shared. For more information, see Set up CRM for Outlook.

  • Customizable help: Personalize the user assistance by tailoring the in-product Help content to match the specifics of your Dynamics CRM implementation. You can modify what displays under the Help question-mark icon at either an entity-specific or organization-wide level. Please read Customize the Help experience.

For more detailed information about the update, see What's New in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

  • Sales and marketing collaboration: Strengthen your marketing and sales synergies with the new Sales Collaboration Panel, which allows sellers to provide input into campaigns and targeting.

  • Manage multi-channel campaigns: Streamline campaign creation and improve segmentation with graphical email editing, A/B and split testing, integrated offers, and approval workflows.

  • Improve B2B marketing: Deepen your lead management capabilities with webinar integration and improved lead scoring, including the ability to introduce multiple lead scoring models. 

  • Enhanced marketing resource management: Gain unprecedented visibility into your marketing plan with the new Interactive Marketing Calendar and improve collaborative marketing with Lync click-to-call and webinars.

  • Gain social insights within Microsoft Dynamics Marketing: Display social information collected with Microsoft Social Listening about your brand, campaigns, and more, all within Microsoft Dynamics Marketing.

  • Additional language & geographic availability:  Microsoft Dynamics Marketing is now available in Japanese and Russian, bringing the total to 12 languages and 37 countries currently supported. Find more information in the Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Translation Guide.

For more information about the update, see What's New in Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

Parature, from Microsoft

There are many exciting new things coming in Parature, from Microsoft in early 2015, including:

  • Knowledgebase management and reporting improvements

  • Comprehensive service desk configurations

  • Support ticketing enhancements

  • Insights into customer self-service/portal usage

  • Mobile service desk enhancements

  • New social channel monitoring

  • Real-time chat translation

  • Further integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

  • And more

For more information, download the Parature, from Microsoft Spring '15 Release Preview Guide.

Technical changes

Not only do we want to keep you apprised of new features in the 2015 release, but you also need to know about technical changes that could have an impact on your organization as well as additional resources available to you.  For example, as with previous releases of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we add and remove items from our supported configurations list to keep current with technology and allow us to provide you the best product possible.

For more information, please read:

Release timing

The 2015 updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing are available now. Stay tuned for Parature, from Microsoft updates in early 2015. Please visit this page periodically to get the most current information about the upcoming versions.

How to get the updates

Microsoft Dynamics CRM:

  • Updates for online customers: You'll be able to schedule the specific date when your update occurs. We call this a customer-driven update since you “drive” the timing of the update to be the most suitable for your organization. It will be necessary for the CRM administrator to formally approve the update before the update can occur. If you haven't yet updated to the Spring '14 version, features that were added then will also be enabled during this update.  For more information about how this works for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, read Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online updates or watch a short video about the Update process enhancements with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update (3:33).

  • Updates for on-premises customers: Customers who are current on their Microsoft Software Assurance Plan or Business Ready Enhancement Plan will be able to get updates after the final product release. Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics Service Plans.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing:

  • The listed administrator within your organization will be notified by email about the specific timing of the update to the next version. Microsoft will send several reminder communications as the scheduled update approaches.

  • Should this scheduled date not be suitable for your organization, you will have an opportunity to reschedule the date through a service request.

  • Keep looking for emails with more specific instructions for updating Microsoft Dynamics Marketing.

Parature, from Microsoft:

  • The listed administrator within your organization will be notified by email about the specific timing of the update to the next version. Microsoft will send several reminder communications as the scheduled update approaches.

How to prepare for updates

Test the updates in a sandbox environment. We always advise that you preview and test new versions in a non-production environment before you update your live production instances. This will give you the opportunity to verify the compatibility of any customizations that you may have made, or any third-party customizations that are installed. Additionally, testing will also allow you to assess the impact of the upcoming changes on your organization and your users. If you haven't already done so, we strongly advise obtaining a non-production instance.

Manage customizations for Dynamics CRM. Three deprecated form scripting methods have been removed; you'll want to make sure your code isn't using those methods before you update. There's also a tool that a developer can run before an update to identify scripts that should be evaluated. For specifics, see Deprecated form script methods removed (part of What's new for Developers).

Browser support for Parature, from Microsoft. Parature, from Microsoft supports all major browsers and their latest versions, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. To make sure that you can take advantage of all the enhancements to the Service Desk and Support Portal, make sure that you update your browser to the latest version.

Upgrading to a new version of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. We have designed the upgrade process to be as quick, easy, and trouble-free as possible, but you should still be aware of the process and some possible issues. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, find out what to expect by reading Upgrading from an earlier version.

How to stay informed

Have questions?

Connect with Support Resources or browse questions/answers in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Forum—or you can always contact your partner.

For questions about Parature, from Microsoft, please contact Parature Support.

Enable multi-factor authentication through OAuth

In the newly redesigned Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook Configuration Wizard, System Administrators can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) through the OAuth 2.0 Framework. OAuth 2.0 is an open framework for authorization that lets users provide access tokens, instead of credentials, to access their data that is hosted by a given service provider (such as CRM). Using MFA can help make client authentication more secure, especially for mobile users. CRM Online and on-premises versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 can take advantage of MFA; Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 on-premises requires at least Windows Server 2012 R2. CRM Online automatically uses OAuth.

If you have upgraded your authentication server to use OAuth prior to installing CRM 2015 for Outlook, CRM 2015 for Outlook will automatically check for and use OAuth for MFA. Users will see the OAuth sign-in form the first time they use CRM 2015 for Outlook.

If you upgrade your authentication server to use OAuth after rolling out CRM 2015 for Outlook, you have two options to set CRM 2015 for Outlook to use OAuth.

  1. Reconfigure CRM for Outlook on all computers. Run the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook Configuration Wizard and remove and re-add your organization.

    -- OR --

  2. Use Group Policy to update the following registration key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSCRMClient\{orgid}.

    Set AuthenticationProvider to 0

    After the registry change, CRM 2015 for Outlook will automatically check for and use OAuth for MFA.

Software requirements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015

In this article you can find which applications and operating systems are supported and not supported.

Microsoft has confirmed the following software is not supported with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015:
  • Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2
  • SQL server 2008 & 2008 R2
  • Windows Small Business Server (all versions)
  • 2008 Series Terminal Servers
  • Windows Vista
  • SharePoint 2007
  • Exchange 2007
  • Internet Explorer 8 & 9
  • Microsoft Office 2007

so what you need to install Dynamics CRM 2015:

Windows Server:
The following editions of the Windows Server 2012 operating system are supported for installing and running Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Developer

Active Directory Modes:
The computer that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server is running on must be a member in a domain that is running in one of the following Active Directory directory service forest and domain functional levels:
  • Windows Server 2008 Interim
  • Windows Server 2008 Native
  • Windows Server 2012 
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 

Internet Information Services (IIS):
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015 supports Internet Information Services (IIS) versions 8.0 and 8.5.
We recommend that you install and run IIS in Native Mode before you install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server. However, if IIS is not installed and it is required for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM server role, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server Setup will install it.

SQL Server Editions:
Any one of the following Microsoft SQL Server editions is required and must be installed on Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or R2) 64-bit-based versions or Windows Server 2012 (RTM or R2) 64-bit-based computers, running, and available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Business Intelligence 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Standard, 64-bitt
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Developer, 64-bit (for non-production use only)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Enterprise, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Business Intelligence, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Standard, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Developer, 64-bit SP1 (for non-production use only)

Software Component Prerequisites:
The following SQL Server components must be installed and running on the computer that is running SQL Server before you install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015:
  • SQL word breakers
This is only required for some Microsoft Dynamics CRM language editions. For more information about word breaker versions for languages supported by SQL Server see Configure and Manage Word Breakers and Stemmers for Search.
  • SQL Server Agent service
  • SQL Server full-text indexing 
The following components must be installed and running on the computer where Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015 will be installed:
  • Services
    • Indexing Service 
    • To install this service, see the Windows Server documentation.
    • IIS Admin 
    • World Wide Web Publishing
  • Windows Data Access Components (MDAC) 
  • Microsoft ASP.NET (Must be registered, but does not have to be running.)

Verify Prerequisites:
  • Before you install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server, you should understand the following:
  • Microsoft SQL Server can be, but is not required to be, installed on the same computer as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server.
  • If Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server and Microsoft SQL Server are installed on different computers, both computers must be in the same Active Directory directory service domain.
  • Microsoft SQL Server can be installed by using either Windows Authentication or mixed-mode authentication. (Windows Authentication is recommended for increased security and Microsoft Dynamics CRM will use only Windows Authentication).
  • The service account that SQL Server uses to log on to the network must be either a domain user account (recommended) or one of the built-in system accounts supported by SQL Server (Network Service, Local Service, or Local System). Installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server will fail if the SQL Server service account is the local administrator. Installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server will fail if the SQL Server service account is the local administrator.
  • The SQL Server service must be started and can be configured to automatically start when the computer is started.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services service must be started and configured to automatically start when the computer is started.
  • The SQL Server Agent service must be started. This service can be configured to automatically start when the computer is started.
  • Although it is optional, we recommend that you accept the SQL Server default settings for Collation Designator, Sort Order, and SQL Collation. Microsoft Dynamics CRM supports both case-sensitive and case-insensitive sort orders.
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server Setup requires at least one network protocol to be enabled to authenticate by using SQL Server. By default, TCP/IP protocol is enabled when you install SQL Server. You can view network protocols in SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Reporting Requirements:
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions Requirements
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions component has the following requirements:
  • You must complete Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server Setup before you run Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions Setup.
  • You can install and run Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions on only one instance of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services on a computer.
  • The identity account running the instance of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services where the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions are running can’t be the local system or a virtual account. This is required for Microsoft Dynamics CRM reporting to work because the identity account must be added to the PrivReportingGroup Active Directory security group that is used by Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
  • Separate deployments of Microsoft Dynamics CRM cannot share one Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services server. However, a single deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM that has multiple organizations can use the same Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services server.
  • You must run the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions Setup on a computer that has a supported version of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services installed. More information: SQL Server Reporting Services
  • For smaller data sets and fewer users, you can use a single-server deployment or a multiple-server deployment. With larger datasets or more users, performance decreases quickly when complex reports are run. Use a multi-server deployment with one computer that is running SQL Server for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and another server for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Authoring Extension Requirements:
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Report Authoring Extension is required to author fetch-based reports by using SQL Server Data Tools.
You must install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Report Authoring Extension on a PC that has the following software.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
  • SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) installed with either Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. More information: Install SQL Server Data Tools
  • For Microsoft Visual Studio 2012: You must download and install Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012. 
  • For Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: You must select and install the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) feature that is included with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express on the computer that is running Visual Studio 2010. Download: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express
  • If your organization uses Microsoft Office 365, make sure that the computer on which the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Report Authoring Extension is installed also has the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant installed on it. If Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant is already installed, check the registry key SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSOIdentityCRL and make sure that the TargetDir registry key in MSOIdentityCRL contains msoidcli.dll.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 – Vega

Microsoft today has shared some information on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fall Wave release – codenamed Vega as part of the Microsoft Dynamics roadmap 2014/2015. There are 3 other releases as part of CRM 2015 (Q4 2014) Fall wave release. These are: 1) code name Hydra: Microsoft Social Listening, 2) Electra: Microsoft Dynamics Marketing and 3) Phoenix: Parature (Dynamics CRM Integration with Parature) as shown in the below Microsoft Dynamics CRM road map (for 2014 and 2015).


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2014/2015 Roadmap

More details about these 3 other releases will be in future posts.

As for Dynamics CRM Vega, this is a release focusing on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Core product. The Fall Wave release Vega applies to both CRM Online and CRM On-Premise.

So Vega is apparently going to be officially named: CRM 2015. It will be released before end of this year (Q4 2014). It is expected to include some core product features in Dynamics CRM that many have been waiting for!
New features and enhancements in Vega Dynamics CRM 2015 are:

Business Process Improvements:

  • Rule-based branching
  • Single Edit experience
  • Support for multiple entity loops
  • Programmability through Client API
  • Active processes
  • Change of currently active process
  • Move Stages
  • Stage selection and Changing of currently active stage

User Experience Improvements:

  • Multi Entity Search Capability (horraayy!)
  • A new Advanced Search Button
  • Nested Quick Create forms

Mobility Features:

  • The addition of 29 new Languages
  • More Dashboards and new concept of Home-pages
  • Support of “Any Device”
  • Ability to have offline drafts

Enterprise Sales Features:

  • Entity Hierarchy
  • Cross-sell and Up-sell capabilities (also know as Next Buy Actions)
  • External Pricing features
  • Attribute Inheritance
  • Product Relationship
  • Bundles

XRM and Development Advances:

  • Complex calculations (Calculated Fields & Roll-up of values) (Yes!)
  • Hierarchical Relationship Property
  • Ability to query multiple entities
  • Hierarchical Security Models
  • Field Level Security for system fields (out of the box fields)

Analytics and Business Intelligence Enhancements:

  • Power BI in CRM Web client
  • Transactional reporting of CRM on Windows Mobile Client Application
  • Roll up on different fields across hierarchie

Specific for CRM Online (Microsoft’s Online First motto):

  • Self-Service
  • Sign up process Simplification
  • Global Expansion from 42 to 61 Markets (Latin America data centre)
  • Multi-Geographical tenants
  • Scaling out Organisation Synchronisation
  • Minimal downtime Upgrades
  • Addition of Load balancing

Supported OS and Software Requirements:

  • Windows Server –2012 & 2012 R2
  • Windows Client – Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8
  • ADFS – 2.0, 2.1, 2.2
  • SQL Server – 2012
  • Exchange Server –2010 & 2013
  • Outlook – 2010 & 2013

Software and OS no longe supported:

  • Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2
  • SQL server 2008 & 2008R2
  • Windows Small Business Server ( all version )
  • 2008 Series Terminal Servers
  • Windows Vista
  • SharePoint 2007
  • Exchange 2007
  • IE 8, IE 9
  • Office 2007

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CRM Service Utility for Mobile Development

Technologies

Dynamics CRM
Code Generation, Dynamics CRM metadata access
Desktop, Phone, Windows RT
en-US
9/8/2014

Introduction

This sample is a custom extension to the CrmSvcUtil.exe program that ships in the Dynamics CRM 2013 SDK. The purpose of this program is to generate C# or VB source code containing early-bound entity types and option set types from the metadata of your CRM server. This code can then be included in your mobile app projects. This enables you to make use of both out-of-box and any custom or customized entities in your code.

 

Building the Sample

To build the program, follow these steps.

  1. Obtain the CrmSvcUtil.exe program and the Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.dll assembly from the Bin folder of the CRM 2013 SDK. You can download the SDK from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm/dn467921.aspx.
  2. Load the CrmSvcMobileUtil.sln solution file into Visual Studio 2013.
  3. Add references to CrmSvcUtil.exe and Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.dll in the project.
  4. Press F6 to build the program.

 

Running the Program

For information on how to run the program, see the SDK topic: Create early bound entity classes with the code generation tool (CrmSvcUtil.exe).

 

Important Notes

    • The sample files are not intended to be used in a production environment. You should deploy this sample to a test environment and examine it for interaction or interference with other parts of the system.
    • This program was written by Kenichiro Nakamura at Microsoft.

       

      More Information

      For more information about writing an extension to the CrmSvcUtil program, see Create extensions for the code generation tool.

      You can download code:

      CRM Service Utility for Mobile Development.zip (48.2KB)

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      MawensEdu has been developed over Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and it is a school management system which uses Dynamics CRM’s advanced sales and marketing capabilities. 

      With MawensEdu, you can organize SMS and e-mail campaigns, and you can easily follow your campaign budget as well as your campaign goals. 

      During the sales process, you can create offers for more than one section/school and you can supervise the activities of your worldwide vendors.  

      Inside the School, Student/Teacher, and Classroom – Extracurricular activities can be planned, timetables and attendance charts also can be managed. MawensEdu is an independent platform.

      It’s compatible with Mac, Windows and Tablets (iPad, Android). You can manage your business from any device and anywhere you want because it’s web-based application.

      You do not need any additional software for your device to use its all features. 

      Create suitable Campaign Objectives with powerful analysis tools

      You can easily analyse your data and start e-mail and SMS campaigns for your leads after entering their data obtained from fairs or promotional events. In this way, with minimum cost, you will reach maximum audience who will respond your campaign.

      Also, advanced reporting tools can keep under control your campaign at any time. Objective/cost reports will guarantee the success of your campaign.

      Ensure the sales team to achieve their objectives

      MawensEdu, provides you great tools that makes you able to keep under control the whole process of prospective student, from the first encounter until the sale ends.

      When a registration occurs or updated over MawensEdu, you can obtain results according to each case through the triggered workflow mechanism. 

      For example, a visitor visited your website and filled out the information form. Through the workflow mechanism, this information will fall in front of a dealer and this sale activity can be followed on the system. The system will keep record of all the conversation happened via email, phone or face-to-face between the student and the dealer. 

      The software wizard can help you to give suitable offers for the correct students. In addition, after the completion of sale, the system will take care of placement of the relevant student - payment tracking and, if necessary, picking up from the airport and the accommodation and all these relevant stages can also be followed up through the system.   

      Manage your own school…

      After the sales progress, you can keep track of any course registered by your students and the lectures included in the courses, also your student’s attendance status can be followed. 

      System allows you to save all the course contents and the topics of the current lessons. By this way, you can keep track which teacher and student had what lecture in which classroom on what day/what time; also which materials and study methods had been used. 

      Also system can report about each student, what is the aim of the course and how successful students are at assignments and examinations.  

      System is flexible so it allows you to make changes quickly about the content of a course or urgent teacher replacements.

      The system will allow you to manage school equipment and their planned repair / maintenance activities.

      Timetables and content of Diploma and Certificate programmes can also be planned on the system.

      360 degree view will enable you to keep track of a student on a single screen - starting from the sales process until accommodation, attendance, exam notes, payment tracking and control of the assignments.

      Inside the School, Student/Teacher, and Classroom – Extracurricular activities can be planned, timetables and attendance charts also can be managed. 

      Apart from all these, you can plan inspection dates performed by the external institutions and you can manage the documents you need to submit during these inspections. These activities can be planned under management and teacher role, also can follow up if task have been completed. 

      You can use application online or on-promise.

      Login screen :


      Sample Course Program :

      Sample Schema of Work:

      Sample Lesson Plan:

      iPad Screen 1:

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      iPad Screen 3:

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      In the CRM 2013 Quick Start you will find details that can help administrators, customizers (functional consultants) and developers; not to mention power business users wanting to know all the details the admin never tells them. If you run CRM in the cloud or sitting in a server room at your office the information is useful. 

      This book is targeted to someone who has some CRM prior experience. By that we simply don’t spend any time explaining the basics of Microsoft Dynamics CRM from a beginner’s point of view. That said, the information in this book would still be useful on your journey to become proficient. 

      Chapter 1 - Hello I’m CRM 2013

      Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 is a major release building on the strong foundation of CRM 2011. From the user experience to platform capabilities CRM 2013 has changes that are targeted for everyone as users, customizers, IT Pros, and developers. In this chapter we give you a 50,000 foot tour of what’s new.

      Chapter 2 – The User Experience

      Before you can build solutions in CRM 2013 you should learn how the new user experience works. In this chapter we will dive into the new experience and break down all the key changes so you are ready to start thinking about customizing it.

      Chapter 3 – Customizing CRM Forms

      The 2013 user experience requires rethinking how we customize forms. From the new layout options, new controls and even new form types we have a lot to talk about. We also can’t forget you might have CRM 2011 forms and want to know how to move them forward into this release.

      Chapter 4 – Security Model Changes

      Today’s global business challenges the traditional organization structure as people form dynamic teams to work on individual opportunities or other data in CRM. CRM 2013 addresses that with Access Teams which challenge past thinking of how to handle these types of needs. In this chapter we will explore the new feature and discuss how and when to use the different CRM security concepts.

      Chapter 5 – Building Business Processes

      To consistently bake good cookies people often times use their favorite recipe. The Business Process feature of CRM 2013 brings that to CRM allowing you to bake in a business process into the life cycle of a CRM record. In fact you can even blur the lines of multiple CRM entities and have a business process cross the entity boundaries reflecting more real-world business processes. In this chapter we look at the features and how to leverage them to improve user productivity and consistency.

      Chapter 6 – No Code Business Rules

      Portable Business Rules, or PBL for short, offer a declarative way to define business rules. This new feature represents the start of a journey to a common need of having simple rules like “This field is required”. In this chapter we will explore the capability of PBL and when to use it versus other concepts in CRM that can enforce business rules.

      Chapter 7 – Real Time Workflows

      Workflows offer an easy way to compose flexible business processes that can optionally include custom code created by a developer. Prior to CRM 2013 these had to run asynchronously in the background and never could happen in real time. This caused a lot of plug-ins to be built to handle the requirement. New in CRM 2013 is real time workflows that can allow processing of events real time. In this chapter we discuss when and how to use the new feature.

      Chapter 8 – Upgrading to CRM 2013

      Next, Next, Next…Done… If it was only that easy it would be an automated upgrade. In this chapter we explore what you should consider before you upgrade and how to prepare.

      Chapter 9 – Solutions going forward

      As the pace of CRM releases increases, understanding how to package and deploy solutions becomes increasingly important. In this chapter we will discuss changes to the Solution Framework and how to prepare for the bold new world of frequent CRM releases.

      Chapter 10 – Taking CRM on the Road

      There is no question Microsoft was behind in mobile applications for CRM but came back strong with the introduction of the new tablet application for IPad and Windows. Learn how this fits in with the customizations you are doing to CRM and limitations you should be aware of in this first generation release. This chapter will also cover Outlook enhancements and Server Sync that in many scenarios will free the deployment from having an E-mail router.

      Chapter 11 – Developers, Developers, and Developers

      This release doesn’t have huge new API changes but it does have a lot of small useful changes across the different parts of the developer features. In this chapter we will explore from oAuth authentication support to Custom Actions and all the little changes between them.