Tip #985: Use Azure for permanent instance backups

Floppy disk backup

In the tip 759 we suggested keeping a sandbox instance as your persistent backup because Dynamics 365 Management Center provides no control over the backup lifetime. Later, we were excited about introduction of the Online Management API and, as it turned out, all for the right reasons. Using the API, administrators can now backup a […]

Tip #794: Connect to Dynamics 365 in Azure Functions

Something useful

Delegating some work from plugins to Azure Functions turned out to be not as complex as we expected. Making function to do something useful (like updating Dynamics 365 records) was entirely different story. After running some NEL (naked eye learning) algorithms against our sales pipeline we calculated that an average opportunity value is inflated by […]

Tip #792: Invoke Azure Functions from Dynamics 365

Function app on consumption plan

You probably heard of the new kid on the Azure block: Azure Functions, that allow serverless execution of code. Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to trigger this serverless execution from Dynamics 365? I’m glad you asked! Since functions are very new, some plumbing is required but not as much as one would think. […]

Tip #631: Azure ML is coming to Dynamics CRM

Azure Machine Learning

One of the most exciting upcoming features in CRM Online is Azure Machine Learning integration (under In Preview): This release will introduce scenario-based Machine Learning (ML) integration with Azure ML for product cross-sell recommendations, and auto-suggest of relevant knowledge articles and case topic analysis. These scenarios are based on integration with Azure ML APIs for […]

Tip #207: Remove password expiration for O365/CRM Online

Like a boss meme

Password expiration in CRM Online is indeed a nuisance and can be changed but the maximum password expiration period configurable using Office 365 administration portal is 2 years. If you intend to use O365/CRM Online for longer than 2 years, you may want to consider using Powershell tools to do it like a boss. The […]

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 […]