Tip #182: Functional roles all deployments should have

New day, new tip, new feature. Today we are proud to introduce new category for our daily tips: Tipping Truckstop. This is where fellow tipping truckies get together to discuss topic du jour and add some collective wisdom to complex and often contentious but always fascinating world of Dynamics CRM. Without further ado. Today at the […]

Tip #180: Don’t use that name

Microsoft Dynamics CRM restricts some words from being used for organization names. On Premises customers can find the list by running the following query: use mscrm_config select reservedname from reservednames The following is the restricted name list in CRM 2013: About Activities AdvancedFind api AppWebServices aspnet_client bi bin Biz Calendar Condition CRMReports CS dev Help […]

Tip #174: Replace standard system dialogs

Dynamics CRM includes some system dialogs that are very useful, but cannot be customized. Some of these include close opportunity, resolve case, and others. Let’s say that you want to use the close opportunity button, but you don’t want to record revenue using the actual revenue field. Having users use the standard opportunity close dialogs […]

Tip #173: Don’t disable quick create for standard entities

During a recent deployment, users started seeing the following error in CRM for Tablets when creating opportunities. The curious thing about this error was that it did not happen in any other interface, and only happened in the tablet app when creating records. Viewing existing records did not give us this error, and app traces […]

Tip #169: Update related records with a workflow

Ever wish you could use a workflow to update related/child records? For example, when I update the address on an account, update the address on all of the related contacts. You can, with the help of the very helpful CRM 2011 Distribute Workflow Activity assembly written by Alberto Gemin on Codeplex. While this says “CRM 2011” […]

Tip #168: Renumber the pipeline stage

When you use Business Process Flow, the stages are categorized using the stage category option set. The categorization allows you to have standard process stage categories across multiple processes. While your various process flows may have stages with different names, the stage category provides consistency between process flows and allows you to chart opportunities with […]

Tip #167: Where did my navigation menu go?

On one of your forms you notice that you no longer have the navigation bar/navigation menu. Typically this is the right-most drop down menu on the top of the form, but for a specific entity, you notice it is missing. Click the “Form Properties” button and go to the “Display” tab. On this tab there is […]

Tip #162: This action cannot be completed during synchronization

In CRM for Outlook, sometimes when you click the “track” or “set regarding” button, you will get an error telling you that the action cannot be completed during synchronization. I’ve noticed that sometimes I see this when tracking from the Outlook 2013 inbox view, rather than tracking from an individual email form. If you see […]