Tip #459: Don’t touch that file. Or that one. Or this one.

Do not touch the thermostat

From time to time people complain that, after applying the update rollup X, their CRM deployment suddenly starts spitting out errors. One of the most popular ones is “Parser Error Message: Could not load type ‘Microsoft.Crm.MapOrgEngine’”. They complain here. And here. And here, here, here, and there. And then they give bad advice here. Why […]

Tip #447: To filter or not to filter – functional view

This seems to be the week of unsupported tips. I know, we said it before: Swim between the flags, and Use filtered views even if you use stored procedures. But what do you do if this particular report’s query is a monstrosity, adding custom indexes don’t help, and any attempt to restructure it just makes […]

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 #442: One WSDL to rule them all

WSDL is your best friend when you’re dealing with non .NET clients, e.g. Java, that need to talk to CRM. Historically, it’s always been a 2-step process: Hit https://crm/XRMServices/2011/Organization.svc?wsdl and get a very small file back usually containing the line Hit https://crm/XRMServices/2011/Organization.svc?wsdl=wsdl0 and get a complete file containing full definitions. Starting from CRM 2013 (or, […]

Tip #440: When package deployment fails, blame the internets

Unblock file

As you probably already know, Dynamics CRM has its own “installer” for the solutions, called Package Deployer. The package folder and assembly are usually distributed in the shape of a zip file that needs to be extracted and then used either with Package Deployer executable or installed using PowerShell. As documented. Usually it all goes […]

Tip #431: Avoid Silverlight when living on the Edge

If you ever wondered whether the move of CRM development team under Scott Guthrie is a good idea, now we have the proof. That’s right, details about the support for the upcoming versions of OS, browser and Office have already emerged. Some vigilantes, like Jason “Scintillating” Lattimer, have kept their cool heads and pointed out […]