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Update Rollup 21 for MSCRM 4.0 is now available

Monday, 13 February 2012 08:42

This Update rollup has been released on Feb,10th 2012, click here for the Knowledge Base article.

Here's a short list of the fixes included

  • Applications that use the Microsoft CRM Deployment web service may experience time-out errors in deployments that have large domains and multiple sub domains. (KB 2667046 )
  • When you map users during the organization import process and then delete the users from Active Directory, the organization import process fails.
  • When you add many marketing list members by using the Advanced Find function, and then you use the Add all the members option, you experience slow performance in Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Additionally, Microsoft SQL Server stops responding.
  • Assume that you have two related entities. When only one of the entities has the Create privilege, Microsoft Dynamics CRM users cannot see the Add Existing button on the sub grids of the entity that does not have the Create privilege.
  • When you enable or disable a user, SYSTEM is displayed in the Last Modified By field of the record. However, the user who performed the action should be displayed in the field.
  • Assume that you upload data in a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 client for Outlook that is in offline mode. Then, you go online and perform a client synchronization. In this situation, you experience slow performance during client synchronization. However, the issue does not occur when you run the Fiddler tool.
  • Assume that you reassign a workflow rule definition to another user, and the user publishes the workflow. The workflow instance records are associated with an entity type against which the workflow is run. In this situation, you cannot open the workflow instance in the System Jobs menu. Additionally, the workflow instance is not displayed in the relationship entity for workflow instances in the System Jobs menu in the workflow definition form.

Here's a extract from the related post from the Sustained Engineering Team about future rollups for CRM 4.0.

"NOTE: Due to the low volume of fix requests for CRM 4.0, the CRM SE team will stop shipping CRM 4.0 rollups on a regular schedule after Update Rollup 21. CRM SE will service CRM 4.0 requests on an individual basis using our Critical on Demand process.

CRM SE will continue to evaluate the need for Update Rollups for the remainder of CRM 4.0’s supported lifecycle. A rollup will be shipped if there is a significant increase in volume of fix requests or in the event that a rollup will benefit a majority of the 4.0 installation base"

CRM 2011 R8 - Activity Feeds Video

Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:20

Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Preview Guide for the future Q2 2012 Service Update; as I had the chance to be present at Extreme CRM 2012 in Berlin at the time, here's a preview video of the new features of Activity Feeds.

CRM 2011 RU 6 is on hold

Friday, 20 January 2012 12:12

CRM 2011 RU6 was released on Jan,12th but has been removed this weekend from the download center due to an issue with Outlook sync, so be sure NOT to install it on any production environments.
The reschedule date is foreseen for the 24th, but it's unconfirmed at the time I write this post 

Link to the RU6 KB Article :

Btw, the update to the SDK (5.0.9) released on the 17th is available on this link: 

New CRM 2011 SDK Version 5.0.8 Released

Friday, 02 December 2011 08:38

Microsoft has a released a new version of the CRM 2011 SDK, You can download it here or access it trough MSDN.

ps: As I write this, only the MSDN link is up to date, the download still points to 5.0.7.

Here's a short highlight of the new features :

  • Updated binaries for the Portal developer toolkit and developer extensions. New features include support for authenticating portal users through the Windows Azure Access Control Service.
  • Added topics for Microsoft Office 365 integration, access, check it out here
  • Refreshed the User Interface Style Guide to include UI specification for the Activity Feeds feature and the Windows Phone application
  • Added an important security alert and new information about Office 365 authentication. Active Directory and Claims-Based Authentication
  • Added a new topic to provide guidance about tactics to provide support for multiple languages for all types of solution component. Create Solutions that Support Multiple Languages
  • Included the Site Map Editors section to include links to applications available to streamline editing the SiteMap
  • Added the Display a View in the Application Navigation using Site Map section to provide information about how to configure the SiteMap to show a specific view for an entity.
  • As usual quite a bunch of new code samples
  • See the complete list in the Release History on the first page.

The next SDK update is scheduled for January (thanks Mitch Milam and Ben Hosking for the info)

On Silverlight , HTML 5 and Windows 8

Friday, 25 November 2011 15:41

I was looking for a bit more info on the future of silverlight vs HTML 5 as it is more and more clear that Dynamics CRM is moving into HTML 5 (just like Salesforce is doing) and I finaly found this article explaining in a brief way how the HTML5 vs .XAML dance is supposed to be played in windows 8. I also found out this article on zdnet , a bit more confusing, actually...

ps: The full BUILD video is available on Channel 9 :

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