Tip #1065: How to get clean Customer Service trial

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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 #1061: Hierarchical security rebuild

Hierarchy

We have not done a mini truckstop for a while so it’s good to bag one at the beginning of the year. Question It’s a first time for Greg “Stealth MVP” Olsen to ask the MVP crowd a question. We have Hierarchy Security setup and working well for an enterprise customer, but not sure how […]

Tip #1055: Dynamics 365 Service Administrators and security groups

In Tip 844 we talked about the Dynamics 365 service admin role in Office 365, which allows people who aren’t Office 365 global administrators to manage Dynamics instances, copy sandboxes, and other administrator features. So if you give someone the Service Admin role and they don’t see the ability to do something like copy an […]

Tip #1043: The Easy Way To Find The Fields Workflows Depend On

If you have a field on a form which is used to trigger a workflow, you probably do not want to mess with it too much. You certainly do not want to be rapidly changing its value or having Dynamics 365 think the value has changed because, for example, a Flow is updating the entity […]

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

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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 #1041: Make Dynamics 365 data import less rigid

Kevin Altman emailed jar@crmtipoftheday.com with the following question about data import in Dynamics 365: Users want to perform updates to existing data in CRM but the export for update/re-import process is too rigid as data often changes between the export and re-import, blocking the import (I guess CRM forces you to have no changes to […]

Tip #1039: Give your customers access to e-learning

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Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners are eligible to access E-Learning courses. It’s a reasonably well-known fact that Microsoft Dynamics partners are entitled to access Dynamics Learning Portal (DLP). Lesser known is the one that Microsoft Dynamics Customers are entitled to access E-Learning courses through the Microsoft Imagine Academy. Perhaps there is a small confusion caused by […]

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

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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 #1036: Organization Insights Is The Administrator’s Best Friend

Dynamics now has AppSource where you can download trials and various other goodies for your Dynamics 365 instance. To access it, click on the chevron (down arrow) at the top level of your Dynamics 365 Ribbon, then click “Get more apps”. One which is invaluable for any Dynamics instance is Organization Insights from Microsoft. This […]

Tip #1034: Set Yourself Up For Efficient Importing

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Importing into Dynamics 365 can be concerning to even the most hardened of CRM consultants. Often, if we are importing into a production system, we have tight schedules to get in and out before the users log in. If we are still importing data when the users come online, the system can be unacceptably slow […]