Obtaining the User who executed a Workflow in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement (C# Workflow Activity)

It's sometimes useful to determine the name of the user account that executes a Workflow within Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement (CRM/D365CE). What can make this a somewhat fiendish task to accomplish is the default behaviour within the application, which exposes very little contextual information each time a Workflow is triggered. Take, for example, [...]

Modifying Default Lead Qualification Behaviour via C# (Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement)

Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement (CRM/D365CE) is an incredibly flexible application for the most part. Regardless of how your business operates, you can generally tailor the system to suit your requirements and extend it to your heart's content; often to the point where it is completely unrecognisable from the base application. Notwithstanding this argument, [...]

Migrating Existing Dynamics CRM Online/Dynamics 365 for Enterprises Instances to the UK: Is This Possible?

If you are British and a keen Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise (CRM/D365E) fan, then May 4th, 2017 was a proud day to be both. This is because Microsoft announced the general availability of UK hosted D365E instances. UK-based Office 365 customers who configure a new D365E subscription will have their instance(s) hosted within the UK, [...]

What is Unsecure/Secure Configuration on a Dynamics CRM/365 for Enterprise Plugin?

When working with applications day in, day out, you sometimes overlook something that is sitting there, staring at you in the face. It may be an important feature or an inconsequential piece of functionality, but you never really take the time to fully understand either way just what it is and whether it can offer [...]

Automatically Populate Extended Amount Field When Using Custom Pricing (Dynamics CRM/365 for Enterprise)

Generally, when you are looking at adopting Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise (D365E) within your business, you can be reasonably satisfied that the majority of what is already configured within the system can be very quickly adapted to suit your business needs. Whether it's the Lead to Opportunity sales process or the entire Case management module, the functionality at [...]

Removing Multiple Status Reason Values in the Header Area (Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise)

The ability to modify the values within Option Set fields on a Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise (D365E) form is, depending on your business scenario, one of the best reasons to learn how to write basic JScript form functions. Microsoft makes available 3 methods via the Xrm.Page.ui control (which can be handily shortcutted to Xrm.Page.getControl): addOption [...]

Automatically Publish Duplicate Detection Rules (Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise)

For those who are well versed in rolling out solution updates within Dynamics CRM/365 for Enterprise (CRM/D365E), the process will always have a certain familiarity to it, with a few surprises rolled in now and again. Often, the update will proceed as anticipated; sometimes, you may encounter bizarre issues. I can remember a particularly strange incident [...]

Bulk Creating Dynamics CRM/365 for Enterprise Records in C#: Create Request vs. ExecuteMultipleRequest

It is often the case, as part of any application or database system, that certain record types will be well-suited towards duplication. Whilst this is generally a big no-no for individual customer records or invoice details, for example, there are other situations where the ability to duplicate and slightly modify an existing record becomes incredibly [...]

Implementing Custom Calculations for Sales Entities (Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise)

Organisations that deploy Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise (CRM/D365E) can immediately take advantage of a number of inbuilt functionality, processes and data models that can be re-purposed with minimal effort. Whilst this approach can often lead to more streamlined deployment of your CRM/D365E solution, individuals customising the system should take care not to make the [...]

Utilising Views with the CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise Web API

I was recently showing a colleague how to use the rather excellent CRM REST Builder Managed Solution, in particular, its ability to generate code snippets for predefined query requests into Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 for Enterprise (CRM/D365E). During the demo, I noticed the following options under the Query Type drop-down with interest: I did some further [...]