Tip #728: Install CRM for Outlook using SCCM

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When questions come all the way from Gustaf “Surströmming” Westerlund, some people including Gayan “Performance Wizard” Perera cannot keep still. Question According to Deployment and Administration Guide, it is not supported to install CRM for Outlook using System Center Configuration Manager for CRM Online or CRM 2016. Gayan’s SCCM Ultimate Guide We’ve used SCCM to […]

Tip #723: Using Related Data in Dynamics CRM Document Templates

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Here we expand on the use of Document Templates in CRM 2016. We look at the different options available for including related data, talk about some of the limitations, and finally walk though how to create a template that uses data from different related records. (both parent and child) Give us your feedback, all of […]

Tip #722: Add the number to your phone call records

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I cannot believe I’m writing an old tip from Gus “Niels Bohr” Gonzalez but it’s a suprisingly good one. When you create a phone call record in CRM, all information is right there, including who to call and what number to dial. Only one problem – CRM does not pop up reminders, that’s Outlook’s job. […]

Tip #721: Tale of a small change

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Dynamics CRM does an excellent job hiding complexities of the relational design, solid data model, and friendly and consistent UX. Quite frequently CRM customizers and developers are the ones who’s paying the price. User advocate: We have a custom text field on the contact entity called Position but noticed that users type almost the same […]

Tip #720: Thoughts about IP restrictions for your CRM Online logins

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There are almost daily improvements to CRM Online management facilities. Just as we managed to catch our breath after on-demand backup and restore were made available for CRM Online, we now have an ability to put trusted IP rules in place. Even though there were numerous tweets and pingbacks about the article I thought I’d […]

Tip #716: Conditional values in Word templates

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Word templates introduced in CRM Online and CRM 2016 are not the easiest contraptions to edit. One of the questions that popped up in a recent conversation was how to use conditional IF in the document generation. tl;dr To refer to the control values after the document has been generated, wrap content controls using bookmarks […]

Tip #715: Backup and restore CRM Online at will

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Derek “clients call him ‘The Guru’” Hughes has been our follower for some time and today he returns the favor with some interest because his tip is hot. We haven’t seen any announcements or heard anything in the official channels regarding backup and restore coming in any wave updates. Edit: official announcement and documentation are […]

Tip #714: Avoid solution bloat with the new solution component framework

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Adam “you say gotcha, I say undocumented feature” Vero has the microphone. The ability to add individual components to a Solution in 2016 is great, with or without the formal patch clone, update and rollup features. You can add just the things that you are actually changing to deliver the requirements for a sprint, or […]