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 #780: When trial is “sorry, that didn’t work”

I am so sorry

During the provisioning of new Dynamics 365 trial you may find yourself in the situation when provisioning process does not complete and you receive the “Sorry, that didn’t work” error message: Fubar symptoms include: Office portal works just fine CRM trial is actually provisioned and can be found under Billing > Subscriptions No CRM licenses […]

Tip #767: Server-to-server authentication is here

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Woot, woot! At long last we can create passive clients – the ones that do not have someone sitting in front of them. Clients like web sites or services – and authenticate them without using username and password AND get the magic bearer token that is good to use in Web API. The detailed walkthrough […]

Tip #759: Create a persistent backup of your instance

Clock is running out latte

Now that you’ve mastered the backup and restore for your CRM Online organization, you may be wondering, now what? Backups are only held for three days, that’s not very useful, is it? Well, actually, it is. These transient backups are very useful if you perform some scary-looking update to your production instance. But more importantly, […]

Tip #755: Logs grow rapidly if audit is enabled on mailbox entity

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Be careful when enabling auditing on the Mailbox entity. As Jukka “Kalsarikännit” Niiranen has discovered after analyzing why one of the instance consumed disproportional storage: “It all looked fine at first, but looks like at some point the sync process had started to update the exchangesyncstatexml field with new data every few minutes. [This] field […]