Tip #1028: Prevent duplicate contacts the Viking way

Marius “CRM Viking” Pedersen gave us a great tip about how to prevent duplicate contacts from being created in Dynamics 365: I set emailaddress as alternate key on contact once. That actually worked very well to prevent duplicate contacts from being created. It also required that all contacts must have an email address. You have […]

Tip #994: Compare two security rules

Steve “kick the hornet’s nest” Mordue asks: Does anyone know of a tool for comparing two security roles easily? Good news Steve. There’s a Yack for that. David Yack’s fantastic Xrm.Tools has a security role explorer that allows you to easily compare two Dynamics 365 security roles, identify what is unique to each role, and […]

Tip #971: Be careful when using unsupported solutions

Martian left alone

It does not happen often but it does happen. After some retrospection, I urge everyone to be very careful when following Joel’s advice on using attachment extractor solution. (Some say one needs to be careful when following any Joel’s advice but that’d be a discussion for another day). My arguments (both of them): It is […]

Tip #920: Smart licensing with dual use rights

Penny savvy

One of the key features of Dynamics 365 is the choice of the deployment platform: go online, on-premises or partner-hosted. With Dynamics 365 Online leading the way, licensing has evolved beyond simplistic “pay-per-server-plus-cal” model of the past. For penny savvy customers, the recommended bedside reading is Dynamics 365 On-Premises Enterprise Edition Licensing Guide. If you […]

Tip #919: How to deal with pending alternate keys that fail

Piano keys

We did write about pending alternate keys in tips 894 and 894 + 3 and that it’s easy to reactivate the pending keys using solutions UI in Dynamics 365. However, as David “Xrm.Tools” Yack reports, sometimes pending keys are really stubborn and pressing Create Index generates very introspective and philosophical “Exception: Event failed due to […]

Tip #917: Too many business units

Microsoft org chart

Someone recently asked me what I thought of someone adding 1,000 + business units to Dynamics 365. I told them it was a bad idea. Here’s why: Business units are like large granite rocks–they are designed to be permanent and infrequently moved. While users can be moved between business units, it is not a trivial […]

Tip #913: Searching within attachments

Search inside

Recently on the Dynamics CRM Facebook group, Rana Potter asked if it was possible to search within attachments from CRM. The winning answer came from Niran Belliapa: If you are using Dynamics 365 Online and have the December 2016 update you can use the Relevance search feature. You’ll find search results for text in a document […]

Tip #901: Restricting access to your instance revisited

Access restrictions

We’ve been hosting Dynamics CRM/365 instances for our customers since CRM 4 days but lately they have been moving to Dynamics 365 Online in drones (awesome – now I can sleep at night!). Some have been hesitant because we were using geo-restrictions for their instances (implemented in a supported way). Digging into why it was […]

Tip #899: If email gets rejected check for duplicate addresses

Duplicate stamp

tl;dr When incoming email gets rejected, check if you have records in mail-enabled entities (contacts, accounts, queues, and system users OOB) using the same email address. I’ve done this today Set up a hybrid server-side sync for a customer. (There are some gaps in the docs, this is a recommended reading companion.) Add a support […]