Tip #740: How to flush cache in portal

Repair computer

If you are still trying to refresh your portal metadata using cache invalidation handle https://nottherealportal.microsoftcrmportals.com/Cache.axd?Message=InvalidateAll, stop it. The caching invalidation mechanism significantly changed and the legacy methods are no longer appropriate or supported. Instead, remember the advice you gave your auntie when her computer was slow? That’s right, turn it off and then back on. […]

Tip #736: Add variables to your workflows

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 #731: Hide and protect your custom CRM API

Protect yourself by covering

Yesterday we illustrated how you can wrap some server-side functionality as a custom API to be consumed by the developers. One of the undesired side effects is that business can now poke their nose into the API when building workflow processes: If your API is a smoking gun and you don’t want business to accidentally […]

Tip #730: Turn your CRM into API machine

Locked black box

When people ask me to describe the differences between custom workflow activities and custom actions, I always use the following definitions: Custom workflow activities. A functional blackbox created by the developers to be consumed by the business Custom activity. A functional blackbox created by the business to be consumed by the developers There is more […]