Tip #823: Custom Action editor wipes out parameter list

Cleaning

Love the tips sent to a jar@crmtipoftheday.com – always something new! Today, Elliott Hulburd unmasks a truly unpleasant bug in custom action a.k.a workflow editor that could literally cost you hours of trying to figure out why suddenly all your calls to a custom action fail. When working with Custom Actions in CRM 2016 recently, […]

Tip #785: How to restore USD session

Restore

This question frequently comes up during the USD (Unified Service Desk, not $) projects and training sessions: what is the most effective way to save/restore the entire USD session? This functionality would enable some interesting scenarios, e.g. transfer the entire session from one user to another with the call transfer, or simply save a complicated […]

Tip #736: Add variables to your workflows

canal_plus_flowchart_horror_wide

Workflows rule. They can wait until there is $10,000,000 in your bank account or forever (whichever happens first), they can update records, send emails and synchronously move mountains (subject to the 2 minutes timeout, and only if the mountain is referenced by a DNS-resolvable name). They can be quite complicated and often won’t fit on […]

Tip #735: You can now use timezone in your appointments

Strangest timezones

Sometimes it’s ridiculously trivial bugs that get in the way of implementing great functionality. Luckily, sometimes they get fixed. Gustaf “Surströmming” Westerlund reports from the field. In earlier versions of CRM (I have tested it in CRM 2013 SP1) if you added a whole number field on appointment and formatted it as a timezone, you […]

Tip #733: Using Dynamics CRM Feedback Entity

Grumpy cat feedback

The 2016 Spring update for both Online and On-Premises, introduced the ability to capture Feedback on different entities in your CRM deployment. In this video we demonstrate what the Feedback entity is used for, and walk you through setup and configuration. Give us your feedback, all of it: good, bad, and ugly, I’m sure we […]

Tip #732: Knowledge Management is disabled for custom entities

Knowledge not found

When creating new entity, follow step-by-step instructions and you’ll be fine. Except if you want to enable the entity for Knowledge Management later on, you’ll find the relevant checkbox disabled. What the? To work around this behavior (that looks suspiciously like a bug), open Settings > Service Management > Embedded Knowledge Search, check the box […]

Tip #728: Install CRM for Outlook using SCCM

Complicated control panel

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 #726: Dude, where is my option to export for update?

Export Excellence

Question I recently noticed that in version 2016, the option to export records for update (available in version 2015) has vanished from the Export To Excel dialog. This SDK article describe the Import process as if this option is still available. Can anyone clarify this feature status? Is there any other method to update existing […]

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

DNA Replication

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 […]