Solution Import Errors on Marketing List Entity (Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Version 9.0+)

The importance of segregated deployment environments for any IT application cannot be understated. Even if this only comprises of a single test/User Acceptance Testing (UAT) environment, there are a plethora of benefits involved, which should easily outweigh any administrative or time effort involved: They provide a safe "sandbox" for any functionality or developmental changes to be [...]

“Fields that are not valid were specified for the entity.” Solution Import Error (Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement)

Working with Dynamics CRM/Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (CRM/D365CE) solution imports can often feel a lot like persuing a new diet or exercise regime; we start out with the best of intentions of how we want things to proceed, but then something comes up to kick the wheel off the wagon and we end up back [...]

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 [...]

Managing Changes in your CRM Production Environment: Managed vs. Unmanaged Solutions

Change control and management are important considerations for any IT system - and CRM is no different in this respect. Business processes are often subject to change at the drop of a hat, and organisations should ensure that they have robust, effective and, most of all, efficient processes in place for change management. Often these [...]

A Better Solution: Dynamics CRM 2016 Changes to Managed/Unmanaged Solutions

When I first started looking more closely at some of the new features within Dynamics CRM 2016, my initial thoughts was this was that this was a release for the fans (i.e. CRM Administrators, Customisers & Developers). Putting aside some of the big headline grabbing features such as the Interactive Service Hub and Word Templates, [...]

Checking CRM Solution Import Progress (On-Premise/Online)

When working with CRM extensively across multiple environments, you do start to get into a fairly regular rhythm when it comes to completing key tasks again...and again...and again. One of these tasks is the process of rolling out a Solution update. To briefly summarise, this is where you export an updated version of your solution [...]