Tip #834: Avoiding SQL Server timeouts when deleting records

Night raid

Once upon a time, CRM wouldn’t delete records when you pressed the kill switch. It would mark the records for deletion and quietly eradicate them in the darkness of the night. But, hey, the said, we now have better servers, they said, and our SQL Servers are much smarter, they said, and gave us a […]

Tip #830: Calendar items lost after revoking O365 global administrator role

Down the drain

We did write about the consequences of granting and then removing global administrator roles. As Oswin Kroon has discovered, there is more to it if you’re actually using that O365 account to organize things in your life. tl;dr Removing global administrator role from an O365 account may result in a loss of calendar appointments. A […]

Tip #828: Quickly migrate existing CRM Online licenses to Dynamics 365 licenses using PowerShell

Flying geese

I was not aware that Gayan “Performance Wizard” Perera shares my affection for PowerShell. Until this quick tip on how to bulk migrate CRM Online licenses to Dynamics 365 licenses using PowerShell. Comes in handy when you have to assign the new D365 licenses to hundres or thousands of users.

Tip #827: Restricting date picker on portal forms

Aztec calendar

This tip comes directly from none other than Tanguy “The XRM Toolbox” Touzard himself. It’s super easy to build an entity form and a page to allow editing of the Dynamics 365 records in a portal. But what if we want to restrict a date picker control to a certain range, which could be dynamic, […]

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 #786: Delete vs reset for Dynamics 365 instances

Service health - storage consumption

In Dynamics 365 admin center, you can Reset a sandbox instance – this deletes the current instance and provisions a new one in its place, essentially returning it to the factory conditions. However, any provisioned organization in Dynamics 365 consumes storage – about 180MB for empty Dynamics 365 organization without any sample data or trial […]

Tip #769: Careful who you use as certificate authority

Fake certificate

Sometimes we need to call web services from a plugin or a custom workflow activity. For CRM Online it means calling it from the sandbox and there are certain restrictions that apply to the network access. These restrictions are clear and well understood, however, if you call service over https protocol, one addition restriction applies: […]