• Prevent the Dynamics CRM Email Router from Processing Old Emails

      Zoe Sands, 29 January 2016

      Recently I had an issue while setting up the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Email Router, where I was connecting to an existing email mailbox and all the emails were getting pulled through to CRM dating as far back as 2008. This created a lot of irrelevant data and made things difficult for users. Initial

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    • Handling SDK Errors Conditionally via HResult Codes in CRM 2015

      Isaac Stephens, 28 January 2016

      While developing plugins or console apps for Dynamics CRM that leverage the XRM SDK, you might find yourself wanting to handle specific errors, such as missing permissions, inserting duplicate keys, or any of the 2681 different web service error codes documented on MSDN and within the SDK (you can f

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    • A server certificate could not be validated for the Reporting Services Report Server

      Paul Nieuwelaar, 27 January 2016

      When you're installing Dynamics CRM (this is CRM 2015 in my case), the Reporting Services check may fail with the above error. For some reason, when you install SQL reporting services (this is SQL 2014 in my case), it defaults to using SSL, even though I have no intention of using HTTPS, as this is

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    • Resolving Cryptography issues with the Dynamics CRM SDK in Azure Web Apps

      Jared Johnson, 18 December 2015

      When attempting to run applications that use the Dynamics CRM SDK in Azure Web Apps, you can get an exception when the app is trying to connect to CRM that looks like this: “ERROR: System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException: The data protection operation was unsuccessful. This may have been

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    • Mapping parent lookup fields when using navigate in Dynamics CRM 2015

      Ahmed Anwar, 15 December 2015

      One of our customers wanted to create multiple forms for a custom entity and automatically redirect the user to the correct form based on a certain field value. Microsoft already has introduced the navigate() method since version 2011. Unfortunately in CRM 2015 version 7.0, the navigate function doe

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    • How to Ensure Your CRM Project Comes in on Budget

      John Eccles, 11 December 2015

      Your CRM project doesn’t have to be like this! Magnetism has done many CRM projects that were on-time and on budget. But you will need to be intentional because in general, CRM projects are like most projects and most projects go over budget. In July 1997, the proposed new Scottish Parliament bui

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    • Using Groupings from Other Dynamics CRM Entities in Charts

      David Mochrie, 02 December 2015

      CRM charts are really useful for displaying data in a summarised format, giving users a very clear picture of their data. When designing a chart, you will set the 'Horizontal (Category) Axis Labels' This is a wordy way of of asking ‘What do you want to group things by’. For example, you may want to

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    • Use Hierarchy Security in Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Private Notes

      Colin Maitland, 12 November 2015

      In this blog I will demonstrate how Hierarchy Security can be used in Dynamics CRM to secure notes so they can only be accessed by the users who created and own them, and their managers. This can be achieved as follows: Update the Security Roles assigned to users so that they only have User Level R

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    • Use of Capacity in Service Scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

      Colin Maitland, 04 November 2015

      In this article I will demonstrate the use of Capacity when using the Service Scheduling Engine in Microsoft Dynamics CRM. I will demonstrate this using the example of a Service for the delivery of a one day “Service Scheduling Training” course. This example is similar to a scenario demonstrated in

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    • Change How Data is Handled in a Merge Operation in Dynamics CRM

      Zoe Sands, 02 November 2015

      When writing a plugin on the “Merge” message in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, there are three entities you need to work with – although the merge function in CRM is only performed on two records at a time. These are the “Master”, “Subordinate”, and “UpdateContent” entities. When a merge is performed, a t

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    • Workaround for Deleting Option Descriptions in Option Sets

      Isaac Stephens, 14 October 2015

      When editing option descriptions in an option set field, sometimes Dynamics CRM won’t let you delete the description if it already has contents. This can be problematic if you’ve mistakenly entered something into the description of an option and then need to remove it, as happened to me recently.

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    • Avoid data loss with Optimistic Concurrency in Dynamics CRM 2015 Online

      Ahmed Anwar, 13 October 2015

      In large organisations with many users, data loss is likely to happen. This can occur when multiple users are updating the same record, which means that the changes one user makes can get overwritten by another user. Imagine two users receive customer support tickets from customers and take actions

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    • Integrating Vend with CRM 2015 using Webhooks

      Ahmed Anwar, 08 October 2015

      Concept of Webhooks Vend has its own REST APIs that can be called using .NET or any other platform. For example retrieving all customers by calling the /api/customers end point. However due to certain limitations, the Vend team introduced a new concept of accessing data via Webhooks. Webhooks are no

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    • 9 Tips to Drive CRM Strategy

      John Eccles, 06 October 2015

      CRM, Customer Relationship Management, is NOT primarily a software technology. Rather, CRM is a business strategy.  Hence the rationale for implementing CRM must be because it is a good strategy for your organisation. Here is my working definition of CRM: “CRM is the business strategy to acqui

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    • Migrate Closed Microsoft CRM Opportunities using SSIS Integration Toolkit

      Zoe Sands, 11 September 2015

      Recently I did a data migration from Microsoft Dynamics CRM On-Premise to CRM Online using the SSIS integration toolkit. This tool is useful for migrating data between CRM instances without needing to export everything into Excel spread-sheets or write a console application. While migrating opportun

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