Tip #1184: Custom activity in Timeline

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Under the rapid release cadence one of the challenges is to keep track of what’s changed when and how the features, both old and new, are exposed to end users. It’s like being on Masterchef when today’s challenge is cooking with open fire, tomorrow – flame thrower, and the day after we’re supposed to cook […]

Tip #1181: Filtered lookups on editable grids

Filtered coffee

Today’s tip is from Nick “Benchpress” Doelman. Technically it’s from his wife which proves that all of us, MVPs, are mere mortals and the real knowledge still belongs to the users. She only wanted to see contacts that belonged to an account on the record but the lookup view was showing all the contacts. Turns […]

Tip #1164: All your forms are belong to us

Hidden figure

Even some of the battle-forged Business Applications MVPs are not immune and descent into sheer panic when their forms go missing after the upgrade. DON’T PANIC Dynamics 365 upgrades do not delete any forms and while some things may not go as planned, nuking your hard earned customizations is not on the todo list of […]

Tip #1156: Locked fields out of the box

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Long time ago Stefan Strube sent me this tip, I filed it away and forgot all about it (sorry, Stefan!). Until last week, that is, when I started new deployment and customer had specific need for couple rollups on account entity. Good news was that those rollups are out of the box: opendeals and openrevenue, […]

Tip #1133: Rename the view that causes the drama

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Problem Guido “Future Olive Farmer” Preite was not having any luck importing a solution: This is the situation: Sandbox is 9.0.2.441, Production is 9.0.2.197. From the sandbox we exported a solution as managed, when we import to production we get the following error: this solution package cannot be imported because it contains invalid xml… The […]

Tip #1107: Do not extend system users

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Dynamics 365 Online is a great platform for extending almost anything including system entities like systemuser. While it’s easy to customize this entity to add some simple additional information about the user, e.g. charge-out rate, induction training completion date, latest lasertag achievement, etc, it may be not a good idea, after all. The problem is […]