Tip #1066: Discover Azure AD tenant ID with Occam’s razor

Occam's razor

As developers, from time to time we are puzzled by simple questions: How to discover Azure AD tenant ID based on Dynamics 365 organization URL? Under the normal circumstances I would have put my condescending hat on (did I forget to take it off, again?) and say something like “Use AuthenticationParameters.CreateFromResourceUrlAsync method from ADAL, of […]

Tip #1065: How to get clean Customer Service trial

Mess

When Neil “Agile” Benson installed a new Customer Service trial, he got more than he bargained for: Trial Site Map Customization, FreeTrialBaseSolution2, Trial for Field Service, Trial of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation, etc. And he didn’t select or want Field Service or Project Service Automation apps added either. Why does the trial […]

Tip #1048: Save As is a new New

LP player

There are a few obnoxious special, from a customizer point of view, entities in Dynamics 365. Quote Product, Order Product, Invoice Product, to name but a few. These entities have some artificial limitations around what can be customized. For example, new views cannot be created; NEW button just isn’t there! Sometimes we are so immersed […]

Tip #1044: Display lookups as hyperlinks in portal entity list

Portal gun

Entity lists in the Dynamics 365 portals do not have any special handling for the lookups – they just render the display names. Fair enough, after all, how is the rendering code supposed to know what page to link to? If you are comfortable with liquid in portals then the task is relatively easy. Just […]

Tip #1042: New trial sign up options for Customer Engagement

Coffee choice

We are one whining bunch. We said that 30-days trials are not long enough. Then we said that 30-days trials are not short enough. Microsoft did listen and now we have some new sign up options. Today Microsoft has released a new Customer Engagement trial sign up service for Microsoft Employees and Partners. You can now […]

Tip #1038: Keep frequent notifications to the business hours

Groundhog

Nagging is a very effective way to get urgent things done. For example, if signature is required, keep sending email reminders every hour until it’s acquired. One of the customers successfully mastered the technique of a recurring self-calling workflow and has been successfully firing emails left and right reminding good people of the outstanding work […]

Tip #1037: Modify data source for Word templates like a boss

Template

Word templates are not the most flexible templating solution for Dynamics 365 but for the simplistic scenarios it does work well, and is quite fast. Built-in templates are used to be notoriously difficult to modify. Not anymore, thanks to the Document Template Manager from Jim Novak. Now that we can modify the content itself, how about […]

Tip #1027: Quick fix for the date format in portals

Quick fix

When I roll out the new Dynamics 365 portal, especially for a demo, the first thing I want to do is to change the date format. Why? Because of this comprehensive map of all countries that use the MMDDYYYY date format: In Dynamics 365 go to Portals > Portal Languages and open English record. Change […]