Tip #690: No field level security for alternate keys

Bunch of alternate keys

There were many people taking part in this discussion but I’m just going to take all the credit for providing the summary here. Contributors can claim the free drink from me when we meet.   If you are planning to use alternate keys to access CRM data, keep in mind that the fields with field […]

Tip #682: Resetting CRM Online production instance

Changing CRM Online instance type

Who in their mind would want to reset a CRM Online production instance?! How about a trial you have provisioned for a customer, then pushed CRM to the limits by trying out different combinations of the solutions and then accidentally acquired dependencies on 3rd party solutions that are now difficult to remove? Trial that has […]

Tip #681: Hunting down invisible timeouts

Hunting down timeouts

Application Request Routing (ARR) feature allows creating a reverse proxy front-end for your on-premises deployment. Web Application Proxy (WAP) is another (newer) kid on the block allowing DMZ deployments of CRM. We’ve been successfully using both for quite some time and they are way down on the list of suspects when things go wrong. And […]

Tip #680: No more excuses for not using SSL

Connection privacy error

We all know about the goodness of SSL. CRM Online and On-premises IFD deployments won’t work without it. However, when it comes to creating and consuming web services, people become incredibly lax about using SSLs and happy to transmit even confidential information using plain http. Excuse is usually down the “who needs this information anyway” […]

Tip #671: Azure AD is your best friend even if you are on premises

Use backdoor

Your CRM deployment is on premises, as is the rest of your IT infrastructure and services, and your bosses cannot be persuaded to consider Office 365, CRM Online or Windows Azure even for a second. That means you know the pain of discovering that some of the on-premises services, like AD FS, are lagging behind […]

Tip #656: Dynamics CRM Online is truly global with multi-regional deployments

Pangea supercontinent

If you have or are a multinational customer with the user base spread around the globe, CRM Online offers multiregional instances. It means you can keep your local data in the regional datacenter for performance, regulatory and corporate governance reasons. Your tenant needs to be enabled for multi-region deployment and you need to request this […]