Tip #211: When upgrading, don’t forget the team form

When upgrading a deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to version 2013, it is easy to overlook some of the back-end forms. These don’t get the attention of entities like Accounts and Cases, but they are very important to the people who use them. One of my favorite new forms in 2013 is the Team form. […]

Tip #199: Form customizing ninja

True ninja knows Himitsu iri or the art of “Silent movement”. Ability to move quickly and without screeching mouse noise is crucial when it comes to quickly whipping a prototype or putting out fire in production. Minimizing mouse movements is important skill that keeps your boss, your customers and your wrist happy. These are just […]

Tip #190: IFD and Dynamic Excel Export

If you are facing the login window appearing in the Excel sheet after creating a dynamic Excel export from an IFD-enabled CRM organization, then there’s still a way to get the data into the Excel sheet: Export the Dynamic Worksheets (or Pivot Tables) from Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Open the Dynamic Worksheets with Excel. Excel will […]

Tip #166: Become role customizer ninja

Role Editor

If you frequently modify security role and your wrist hurts because of all tiny mouse movements, there are some undocumented explicit links on the role dialog that could make your life much easier. Clicking on the entity name (e.g. Account) will cycle all privileges for this entity (i.e. Create, Read, etc) through all access levels […]

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 #160: If all I have is a Surface, how do I test Windows client?

Windows 7 & 8 in Azure

My work laptop is a mighty Lenovo W530 with upteen cores, bazillion GBs of RAM and quadrillions of TBs of SSD drive space. The only problem is that carrying it around keeps my chiropractor very busy. So when I travel, I dock this monster behind the firewall and carry around something like Surface or the […]