Tip #179: How to change CRM Online password

Demo user account record in CRM

Concerned about bleeding heart’s effects and decided to change your CRM password from pass@word1 to something a bit more robust? Nothing could be easier, right? Right, unless you are not an administrator and you have only CRM license assigned in which case instructions do not apply simply because mentioned menu is not there! “Easy”, say […]

Tip #175: Miscellaneous privileges with multiple access levels

Send As Privilege

We are all familiar with the record privileges in Dynamics CRM. User-owned entities have 5 access levels (None, User, Business Unit, Parent: Child Business Units, Organization) while organization-owned entities have only two of those (Go/No Go). Then there are miscellaneous privileges and training documentation states that (highlight is mine): Each Security Role also includes miscellaneous […]

Tip #165: 1:1 with security twist

Usability of 1:1 relationships stretches far beyond UI candy. They can become a very useful tool that secures parts of the same logical record. For example, financial services company might use account entity to hold information about their customers but due to Chinese walls within the company, investment manager should not be able to access […]

Tip #164: Not all roles are created equal

It’s a reasonably well-known fact that recreating roles from scratch and adding all privileges to replicate one of the system roles is not the same as copying that system role. There are some hidden privileges that are not exposed via security dialog. This topic has been discussed and documented for CRM 4.0 and for CRM […]

Tip #97: CRM Administrators Don’t Take this Shortcut

CRM System Admin

Okay, I understand, we are all busy and have more to do than time to do it. As CRM Administrators we can often spend most of our day reacting to requests with little time to actually plan our response. Here is the typical scenario – The marketing manager calls you and lets you know that […]

Tip #89: Field Level Security and Default Solutions

When you export a default solution from one organization so that you can create a look-a-like in new out of the box organization not everything comes over. Sure we know that users will need the security roles assigned,etc. But this caught me by surprise the other day, I now have it added to our check […]

Tip #80: Auditing for all Critical Records

CRM Auditing

Maybe you don’t want to turn auditing on because you think you don’t need it or are concerned about the additional storage space it will consume. But enabling auditing is a CRM Administrator’s best friend when it comes to understanding the consequences of the assigned security roles. So at the minimum be sure to enable […]

Tip #79: Limit use of System Admin and System Customizer Assignments

CRM System Admin Role

At the risk of significant human induced catastrophe, don’t assign the System Administrator or System Customizer security roles to anyone that hasn’t received in-depth training in customizing, configuring and managing the CRM system. No matter how expedient it might be to assign the role to a marketing team member that needs to go into the […]