• Adxstudio Portals Entity Counts

    I was recently asked how many entities our Portals solution installs in CRM.  I found the question interesting because some time back we switched over from a single large solution file with everything in one file to individual features each in their own solution file. Individual solution files coupled with a snazzy installer that allows you to pick and choose the features you want takes care of installing all of the solution files for you.  An entity count really did not seem that relevant to me as you only get the entities required for the features you are using.  That said, I didn't know what our minimal install footprint is and I also didn't know what the total weight would be if someone picked every single one of our available features.  I thought it would be fascinating to see for myself what the lower and upper limits are and this article illustrates the results of this experiment.

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  • System Jobs Maintenance and Deleting System Jobs using ALM Toolkit PowerShell cmdlets

    I was working on a CRM 2011 system that had several million system job records in it, and the number of records was growing very rapidly. The database had reached a size of over 120 gigabytes, and the number of continually growing system jobs was becoming an administrative and performance issue. I explain in this blog post how I analyzed and prevented the accumulation of new system jobs and deleted the existing ones. All of this information is still relevant to newer versions of CRM.

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  • PowerShell script to update all CRM organizations to newest version

    I recently updated a CRM server to the newest update rollup version, and found afterwards the CRM server was configured to not automatically update all the organizations when update rollups are installed. To handle this post-upgrade situation, I wrote a PowerShell script to automate the update of the organizations rather than manually updating each organization one at a time through the deployment manager user interface.

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  • ISV Influence Revenue and your CRM Competency

    The Microsoft CRM competency has revenue requirements that all partners need to achieve to keep the competency and its benefits.  There are two tracks for the competency and this blog article will specifically cover the ISV track and talk about the importance of recognizing your influence revenue.

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  • Importance of Sanitizing Solution Files

    We found a new bug in the solution system that is a leftover from CRM 4.  In reviewing the details of this issue it highlighted how important it is for CRM ISVs to have sanitization scripts in their ALM environments they use to publish their solution files. In this article I will highlight this new bug and demonstrate what should be done to work around it and the best practices companies can take to avoid issues like this.

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  • Integrating Google Analytics into Adxstudio Portals

    Google Analytics can be easily integrated into an Adxstudio Portals solution through a simple data entry configuration procedure using the Content Snippets entity. This blog post shows how to enter your Google Analytics tracking code and how the Google Analytics script gets inserted into the portal's web pages.

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  • Updated Naming Conventions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Updates

    Microsoft has changed the naming conventions again for Microsoft Dynamics CRM updates.  This article will describe the new naming strategies.

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  • Template Rationalization

    The latest releases of Adxstudio Portals have included a number of enhancements to the page templates that we ship with our product to make it much more usable out-of-box for our customers.  We have listened to your feedback and are now shipping a number of new useful templates that will require no effort on your behalf to use.  This article will showcase some of the new changes available.

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  • Portal Theming and Micro-sites

    A quick introduction for setting up micro-sites and multiple themes in a portal. This article will explain what can be done.

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  • Consolidated web page for installation and update information for all versions of Dynamics CRM

    Microsoft has published a new page that contains all of the installation guides, download links, and update rollups and service packs for all versions of CRM.

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