CRM 2011 Rollup 12 now available

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team have been hard at work to get the UR12 release to us on Jan 7 2013.

You can find the related Rollup 12 items here

Rollup 12 Build Number: 5.0. 9690.3218

Quick Summary

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg309589.aspx#BKMK_UR5

  • Extended Browser Support
  • Enhancements to Activity Feeds
  • Updated User Experience for Sales and Customer Service and Product Update Functionality
  • Custom Workflow Activities for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
  • Developer Toolkit Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Retrieve and Detect Changes to Metadata
  • Use Execute Multiple to Improve Performance for Bulk Data Load

Prepare for Dynamics CRM Rollup 12

Are you ready for the multi browser support of your customisations with Dynamics CRM Rollup 12, do you even care? It sounds great doesn’t it, IE, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, take your pick but will your CRM script customisations be supported. I guarantee this is the number one question facing CRM implementers/developers/testers right now and hopefully most have had a chance to test against the latest build of Rollup 12.

If you are a single browser environment and it remains as IE then you may be feeling comfortable but I recommend you follow-up with some testing and review time before applying Rollup 12.

There are some key areas that need looking at and you can find a list of impacted areas here

Resolve Breaking Script Issues When Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics CRM

 

To aid in the validation there is a tool available from Microsoft called the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool  which helps to identify potential issues with custom JavaScript in JavaScript libraries and HTML web resources.

To see an overview of problem areas you can see the release blog regarding the validation tool which highlights and lists the various potential issues that have been identified.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Custom Code Validation Tool Released

 

The biggest threat to some may be the support of CRM 4 client side script or the lack there of as this becomes obsolete and unsupportable as CRM moves forward.

In many cases business requirements come first and in a perfect world we would never need to venture outside of the CRM 2011 client API so the main thought here should be before implementing unsupported customisations ask yourself if there is an alternative option to avoid future pain.

Don’t forget to check out the latest SDK when its available and read through the documentation covering this as it’s fairly complete and highly detailed for our needs.

Dynamics CRM 2011 Rollup 9 Beta is available

Sometimes there are just too many labels for something and in this case we now have the Dynamics CRM 2011 Rollup 9 R8  Q2 Service Release CRM Anywhere  BETA available, essentially Rollup 9. You can now test your code against multiple browsers and check out the latest Activity feeds features along with a bunch of other cool features coming in this major release.

Make sure you check out the updated SDK download if you are interested in the code side of things.

You can download the Release Preview Guide here.

Check Girish Raja’s blog on MSDN  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/girishr/archive/2012/05/09/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-ur9-a-k-a-r8-beta-is-here.aspx for all the links on how to get access and start learning about the new bits.

Or the PFE site at Dynamics CRM in the Field on MSDN http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crminthefield/archive/2012/05/10/crm-2011-update-rollup-9-beta-has-arrived.aspx

 

CRM 2011 Rollup 8 now available

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team have been hard at work to get the UR8 release to us all on May 3rd 2012.

You can find the related Rollup 8 items here

Rollup 8 Build Number: 05.00.9690.2243

You can find complete CRM download links here on the CRM Wiki http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2550.microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-resources-en-us.aspx

CRM 2011 Rollup 7 now available

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team have been hard at work to get the UR7 release to us all on March 22nd 2012.

You can find the related Rollup 7 items here

Rollup 7 Build Number: 05.00.9690.2165

You can find complete CRM download links here on the CRM Wiki http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2550.microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-resources-en-us.aspx

Note: Apologies, this is a late post which I missed posting in March due to various technicalities.

Dynamics CRM 2011 R8 Service Update News

Today Microsoft announced what’s going to be in their next service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, codenamed “R8″, under the headline: CRM Anywhere.

The R8 service update is expected to be available Q2 2012 and promotes 6 areas of interest:

  • Mobility
  • Multi Browser Support
  • Social Improvements
  • Industry Templates
  • SQL Server 2012
  • Certifications

Mobility

The launch of a new product titled Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile, which will enable CRM Online, partner-hosted and on-premise customers with IFD to use CRM on up to three devices per user. There will be native clients, which means offline support, on all the main mobile platforms including.

  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • iPhone & iPad
  • Android
  • BlackBerry

This is a subscription service  for $30 per user per month.

Multi Browser Support

This feature has finaly arrived. R8 applied to your CRM server will priovide access to CRM using the following browsers

  • Internet Explorer 7 or above on Windows 7, Vista and XP
  • Safari 5.1.1 or above on Mac OS-X or iOS5
  • Firefox 6 or above on Windows 7, Vista and XP or Mac OS-X or iOS5
  • Chrome 13 or above on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Social Improvements

Microsoft released the new Activity Feeds feature in November 2011 which provided Social features into CRM 2011. R8 introduces a series of enhancements to the Activity Feeds feature including.

  • like/dislike
  • enhanced filtering (e.g. @me, types of records I follow, record views)
  • an updated mobile activity feeds client for Windows Phone 7.5.

Industry Templates

Building on the work of Microsoft partners and its own consulting team, the Dynamics Labs will be releasing several industry templates into the Dynamics Marketplace. The first few templates will include.

  • Wealth Management
  • Non-Profit
  • Health

The templates will include data model customizations, dashboards, workflows and sample data. They’re designed to help customers in these specific  industries visualise how Dynamics CRM can help their business, and speed up an implementation without necessarily being a fully-packaged vertical industry product.

SQL Server 2012

Microsoft’s have already been upgraded their data centers to SQL Server 2012 and the R8 service update will bring official support for partners and customers wanting to upgrade their own deployments to SQL Server 2012. Additionally, there will be some new CRM features that make use of SQL Server 2012 new capabilities including

  • Performance improvements
  • Enhanced database recovery
  • Next generation BI (“Crescent”) such as pre-defined Power Pivot models, Power View reports, and time-animated reports.

Certifications

Certifications are critical to enterprise adoption and Microsoft has been working hard over the last year to ensure that its data centers and CRM Online service meets several important certification standards including.

  • ISO 27001
  • SAS 70 Type II
  • SOX
  • SSAE 16 SOC1
  • Safe Harbor
  • Data Processing Agreement
  • EU Model Clauses
  • HIPAA compliance (supported through Business Partner Agreements).

For More Information Download the R8 Release Preview Guide from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM website: http://crmpublish.blob.core.windows.net/docs/ReleasePreviewGuide.pdf

Read the CRM Anywhere blog article by new CRM General Manager Dennis Michalis: https://community.dynamics.com/product/crm/crmnontechnical/b/crmconnection/archive/2012/02/06/crm-anywhere.aspx

Join the discussion on Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=93388708&gid=21231&commentID=-1&trk=eml-anet_ancmt-b-0&ut=3XFzBGrunqTl41

CRM 2011 SDK version 5.0.9 available

The MS CRM Team have released an updated CRM 2011 SDK version 5.0.9 which can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24004 or viewed on MSDN here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg309408.aspx Check out the release notes here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh547453.aspx#bkmk_ReleaseHistory

In Summary the update contains

  • Updated assemblies for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 6 and the Microsoft Portal developer toolkit and developer extensions.
  • Information about creating localized dialog processes.
  • New samples that authenticate the user with the web services without using the helper code
  • New topic to help developers find information about using JavaScript with various features that support it.

Dynamics CRM 2011 Rollup 6 now available

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team have been hard at work to get the UR6 release to us all.  

You can find the related Rollup 6 items here

Rollup 6 Build Number: 05.00.9690.1992

You can find Complete CRM download links here http://bingsoft.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/updated-crm-2011-download-links/

Important

  • Update Rollup 6 cannot be removed. Specific database updates are applied in Update Rollup 6 that will not allow for uninstall.
  • Future Update Rollups will require Update Rollup 6 to be applied before they can be installed.  This is so future Update Rollups can support uninstall.
  • Full product installations on the download center will be replaced with new packages that include Update Rollup 6.  If CRM is installed from those packages, UR6 does not need to be installed.

Updated CRM 2011 Download Links

Here is an updated list of available CRM 2011 RTM downloads. It is good practice to have these files on a portable drive but it’s also recommended to have an updated list of download links.

Component URL
Server http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27822
Outlook Client http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27821
Language Pack http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27819
Email Router http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27818
Report Extension http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27823
SharePoint List http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5283
Software Development Kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24004
Implementation Guide along with additiional Planning Tools http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3621

CRM 2011 SDK version 5.0.7 available

The MS CRM Team have released an updated CRM 2011 SDK version 5.0.7 which can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24004 or viewed on MSDN here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg309408.aspx

There are a number of things in this release that relate to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM UR5 and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online November Service Release

There is loads to read and discover.