Tip #514: Multi-entity Quick Find blocks solution uninstall

Select entities for Quick Find

The man himself Tanguy “The XRM Toolbox” Touzard has the podium today: If you are getting the error code -2147089917 while trying to uninstall managed solution and the message reads “[entity] did not have a valid Quickfind query”, verify that the entity is not in the list of entities enabled for multi-entity quick search: Settings […]

Tip #486: Don’t hard code currency in workflows

Bad currency workflow

If you have a workflow dealing with the entities that include money fields, avoid setting explicit currency. Instead, try to infer the currency from the related records. For mere mortals, it’s just a bad practice, for ISVs, it’s definitely a case of spießrutenlaufen. Why? Because if you activate your workflow and add it to a […]

Tip #446: How to avoid overwriting audit and duplicate detection flags

Audit On/Off

tl;dr To avoid overwriting some of the system entities flags for the customers, manually remove those flags from the managed solution files. WARNING! Super-duper unsupported. Some juicy details If you are a Dynamics CRM ISV or an infrastructure group within a large enterprise then, most likely, you distribute one or more managed solutions to your […]

Tip #418: 3 ways to find the blocking attribute

Shan “Smoke ’em” McArthur wonders during another mini truck stop if there is any way to find a blocking attribute using nothing but its id. The error message usually looks like this: A managed solution cannot overwrite the Attribute component with Id=e7840116-dead-beef-a5e5-8b5cb27e9509 for the CRM org noneofyourbusiness.crm.dynamics.com That said, I have no way of looking […]

Tip #373: Careful with delete button

As it turns out, Spießrutenlaufen is no longer exclusive developers domain and can be equally applied to the customizers. Shan “Smoke ’em” McArthur reminded all of us (and not for the first time) that it’s not all unicorns and rainbows with managed solutions. If you ever delete a form for the entity that is part […]

Tip #309: Dynamics CRM Organizational Settings Editor

Export to Excel more than 10,000 records

Do you need to make changes in the deep reaches of your CRM configuration that aren’t available through the CRM administration panel? Well there is a solution out there on Codeplex that you can import into your CRM 2011/2013 environment as a managed solution. This utility allows you to edit your settings without the use […]

Tip #106: Resend stuck emails

Resend button for emails

We use email router to send outbound CRM emails via Office 365 accounts. In our configuration email router is set to use user’s credentials, i.e. we need to enter our O365 passwords in user settings in CRM. When password in O365 expires, people (read: me) simply forget to adjust passwords in CRM, especially those for […]