Tip #623: Contact export to Excel and full name field

With the new Excel export in CRM 2015 and later, if your view includes the Full Name field, when you export to Excel, your Excel spreadsheet will include three additional fields: First Name, Last Name, and Middle Name. The reason for this change is because all static worksheets are formatted for reimport now. This is […]

Tip #619: Solution compatibility

I recently gave someone bad advice–on the CRM Facebook group, someone asked if solutions could be imported from CRM 2013 to 2016. I was under the mistaken impression that the solution had to be imported from the current or previous version. However, as mentioned in the version compatibility section of the CRM SDK, solutions from 2013 […]

Tip #616: Duplicate activities in Outlook with Server-Side-Synchronization

If you use server-side synchronization and start seeing duplicate activities, such as tasks, inside of Outlook, that can sometimes happen if your mailbox is configured for server-side synchronization in multiple CRM organizations: During deployment, if you configure server side synchronization in UAT and then again in prod, without first disabling it in the first environment. The recommendation […]

Tip #615: User experience differences between Outlook and Server-Side Synchronization

There are multiple blog posts that describe the technical differences between Outlook Synchronization and Server-Side Synchronization, but what are the primary differences in the user experience? User can use folder based tracking. If using CRM online, users can use the new lightweight app. Activities will sync without Outlook running. Tracking/synching takes place in the background, […]

Tip #614: No workflows for you, Opportunity Product

One thing to keep in mind as a CRM customizer is that while you can trigger a workflow off of Opportunity (and Quote and Order) Products, you cannot update these entities with a workflow. As an alternative, you can create an entity-level business rule on the opportunity products entity and trigger business logic, such as […]

Tip #611: On Server-Side SharePoint and Subfolders

With Dynamics CRM 2016 with server-side SharePoint integration, the documents list in CRM does not display subfolders. For example, say you have 100 documents in a SharePoint documents folder associated with an opportunity. With the old SharePoint List Component, users would commonly create subfolders in CRM SharePoint document folders to organize documents by type. With […]