Tip #789: Disappearing Synchronized Contacts

Alien abduction

Yesterday I set up CRM for Outlook. My contact synchronization rule is set to get all active contacts (about 4,000), and yesterday they were all there, now today there are only about 600. I use Outlook synchronization. What should I do? Whenever I see weird contact synchronization behavior, such as contacts not synchronizing or synchronized […]

Tip #482: Server Sync is required for the Outlook Preview App

If you enable the Outlook preview app, when you click “Dynamics CRM” in Outlook, you may see the following error: But wait, you say, I do have my mailbox configured for server synchronization for incoming emails! The secret is, you also have to have server sync enabled on your mailbox for outgoing email as well […]

Tip #465: Learn how Outlook and Exchange synchronization works

In Tip 435 we mentioned the old CRM 4.0 synchronization whitepaper as an “oldie” but still valuable whitepaper. Great news! This whitepaper has been updated. the all new “how it works” whitepaper. The CRM team has done a great job of documenting the way that synchronization works, including clarification on how deletes are handled, and […]

Tip #350: Avoiding duplicate contacts when upgrading

When you upgrade CRM for Outlook, one thing to watch out for is duplicate contacts in Outlook. The reason contacts can get duplicated is that if you use Outlook synchronization for contacts and you remove or reinstall the client, the local synchronization database gets replaced. When you reinstall the client and the synchronization runs, a […]

Tip #323: When Outlook attacks

The contact synchronization in CRM for Outlook is pretty powerful, but in rare occasions, you may find that duplicate contacts are being created in Outlook from the synchronization. This is sometimes caused by corruption in a user’s offline Outlook data (OST) file. Look at the duplicate contact records that have been created. Look at the […]

Tip #115: Careful about reusing contact fields

Diagram: disappearing address field

George, work location just keep disappearing for multiple contact records “This is not happening”, I thought to myself, there are no workflows, no scripts, no – gasp! – triggers on contact entity in this particular implementation. But surely enough, enter a value into the custom work location field and it will disappear shortly afterwards. Then […]