Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 RC – Release Candidate Now Available

Microsoft announce the availability of the Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate (RC) (15th December 2010) , which is accessible on the Microsoft Downloads site at the following links:

Component URL Language Availability
Server RC http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c3f82c6f-c123-4e80-b9b2-ee422a16b91d Available in English only
Outlook Client http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=22dc423a-7194-491e-a169-6ace16bfdd36 Available in 25 languages
Language Pack http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=db44c564-2338-407e-980a-c9c83ad37729 Available in 41 languages
Email Router http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a995f6ad-0099-42fd-9b22-cf7b3d40a2bf Available in 25 languages
Report Extension http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64a09b75-8376-4b9d-aea3-8a83a1837c4d Available in 25 languages
SharePoint http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=23c0f351-8694-4d92-9ddf-34a949aec6a7 Available in 41 languages
Software Development Kit (SDK) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=420f0f05-c226-4194-b7e1-f23ceaa83b69  

To activate the CRM 2011 RC, please use the following keys:

MQM2H-JYYRB-RRD6J-8WBBC-CVBD3 (Server)

H84KC-JH8DF-7PDYK-TXBXR-2RMMT (Workgroup)

There are two options for moving an existing deployment of CRM 2011 Beta to the RC build, the steps for which are outlined below; use the option that is most appropriate for your project.

OPTION 1 – Import/Upgrade

  1. Install the RC bits for the CRM Server on an alternate computer.
  2. Install the CRM 2011 Reporting Extensions to the computer running SQL in the new deployment.
  3. Restore the database backups of the Beta orgs to the computer running SQL in the new deployment.
  4. Use Deployment Manager to Import the Beta orgs. The Import wizard will detect that the org is a Beta org and will upgrade it to the RC bits.
  5. During import, use the Auto Mapping option to map CRM users to Active Directory.

OPTION 2 – Connect to Existing

  1. Uninstall all CRM components from deployment computers.
  2. Install the RC bits for CRM Server, and on SQL Server page of the setup wizard, specify to Connect to Existing.
  3. The Setup wizard will detect and upgrade the config database and the default org to RC.
  4. Use Deployment Manager to upgrade the remaining Beta orgs to RC.

MS Global CRM 2011 Virtual Launch Event – Sign Up now

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 9am PST

Attend this FREE global virtual launch event and watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduce Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Learn how it is designed to help you boost sales, improve marketing, enrich customer service interactions, and accelerate line of business application development through xRM.

Hear keynote presentations by Kirill Tatarinov (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions), Michael Park (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions), and Brad Wilson (General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM)

http://crm.dynamics.com/2011launch/