Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup Packs

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in CRM 4.0, Deployment |

Hello all,

I am going to post all the current rollup packs that microsoft has put up on their download site.

Update Rollup 1:

KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/Kb/952858

Download lInk: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=57c6267b-3b13-49dd-bfed-3cc83633aea7

Update Rollup 2:

KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959419

Download link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=aa671769-61e9-45c4-919f-c88199aa4241

Update Rollup 3:

KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961768

Download Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=05453fa4-9551-4a88-9852-634a9ad0e140

Update Rollup 4:

KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968176

Download Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0ddf8e83-5d9c-4fe7-9ae6-f2713a024071

Update Rollup 5:

KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970141

Download Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5101d801-976b-4c11-bdfc-000b970ef4a3

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WSS 3.0: Deleted Config LDF file – no backups, now what?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Deployment, Sharepoint |

Well guys, i just had the pleasure of deleting the LDF database file for my WSS 3.0 dev site.

Why? The server had literally 0.99MB of hard disk space and out of desperation, i deleted the 7GB log file by stopping the sql service and deleting the LDF file – i know, i wasn’t thinking straight…

Anyway, SQL went into a heap.. I couldn’t detach the database so i could re-attach it and re-create the logs..

The error was: It couldn’t find the log file so it couldn’t detach <- i mean how stupid is that…

Anyway, after fanning around, i uninstalled WSS3.0 and restarted the server.

Logged into SQL management studio, started a new Query and ran the following;

USE [master]
GO
CREATE DATABASE [SharePointTEST] ON
(FILENAME = N'D:\Path\To\Sharepoint\ConfigDB.mdf')
FOR ATTACH_REBUILD_LOG
GO

 Now, the other database has detached itself and the new database SharePointTest is up and working with a LDF file.

My main concern now was will WSS 3.0 install and connect to an existing database? is it smart enough?

I managed to install WSS as usuall (stand alone server), then i went to Central Administration and it said none had been configured so hit next and to my amazement it configured it and launched sharepoint and boom i was back to my old sharepoint site.

Fantastic huh!

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CRM4 Failover system?? It’s Possible!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2009 in CRM 4.0, Deployment |

Hello all,

Take the following actions:

  • Setup a new CRM server and choose the ‘connect to an existing deployment’ and choose the SQL server and reporting server
  • Once that’s online, test that it is working and make some changes (you should see them on your old system)
  • Lets assume that your deployment is sitting at CRM.MSCRMBLOG.NET all we do now is add a new A record pointing to the new CRM server’s ip address. It should resolve to 69.XX.XX.XX & 70.XX.XX.XX

That easy huh! :)

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Recommended Microsoft CRM 4.0 Books

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in CRM 4.0, Customizations, Deployment, General, Licensing, Plug-ins, SDK |

Hi All,

I would like to recommend to you some of the books i have read in regards to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Working with Microsoft Dynamics(TM) CRM 4.0 (Paperback)

Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
by Jim Steger (Author), Mike Snyder (Author)

Product Description
Get a practical introduction to Microsoft Dynamics CRM now updated for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a value-packed customer-relationship management (CRM) solution for small- and mid-market businesses. The latest version adds workflow management capabilities, and will be delivered as an on-demand service through Microsoft® Office Live. With topics that include developing new functionality, designing implementations, and integrating Microsoft CRM with other business applications including Microsoft Office Outlook®, Microsoft Office InfoPath®, and Microsoft SharePoint® Products and Technologies this is one of the only books written for both developers and those who implement business solutions. Authored by experienced practitioners, this book provides case studies, integration and performance guidelines, and toolsets the information you need to help you create successful CRM solutions. This book also explains how to maintain Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, making it of interest to IT professionals who support Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 users. And power users will learn how to customize individual Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 experiences. Key Book Benefits: Delivers practical information from expert authors who have deployed, customized, and maintained Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the field Provides case studies, integration and performance guidelines, and toolsets Includes code samples, and demo data will be available on the Web

About the Author
Mike Snyder and Jim Steger are co-founders and principals at Sonoma Partners, a consulting firm specializing in Microsoft CRM implementations. Sonoma Partners was named top Global Microsoft CRM Partner in 2003 and 2005. Recognized as one of the industry s leading CRM experts, Mike authors several popular newsletters and blogs about Microsoft CRM. Jim architected and led multiple award-winning Microsoft CRM deployments, including complex enterprise integration projects. He s been developing and writing code for Microsoft CRM since the version 1.0 beta.

More info: http://www.amazon.com/Working-Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM-4-0/dp/0735623783/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243087339&sr=1-1

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Unleashed (Paperback)

MSCRM Unleashed

by Marc J. Wolenik (Author), Damian Sinay (Author)

Product Description

Microsoft® Dynamics CRM 4.0 Unleashed presents start-to-finish guidance for planning, customizing, deploying, integrating, and managing Dynamics CRM in your unique business and technical environment. Authored by two leading Microsoft Dynamics implementers, this book systematically explains how the system works, why it works that way, and how you can leverage it to its fullest advantage.

 

The authors present clear examples, proven best practices, and pitfalls to avoid in using every significant Dynamics CRM capability. The far-reaching coverage ranges from Dynamics CRM’s sales, marketing, and customer service features to its automated workflows; from Outlook and Office integration to reporting and security. The authors offer independent insight into Dynamics CRM’s most powerful new features, from its improved interface to its new mail merge and data migration tools.

 

This book is for every IT professional who intends to work with Dynamics CRM, regardless of their experience with Dynamics or other CRM solutions. The authors provide example-rich, realistic coverage of advanced Dynamics customization, extensibility, and integration: information that is available nowhere else.

 

Detailed information on how to…

  • Set up, configure, and maintain all facets of Dynamics CRM in any organization or industry
  • Thoroughly understand both the on-premise and hosted versions of Dynamics CRM
  • Make the most of Dynamics’ new features, including email, the Outlook client, Internet Facing Deployment (IFD), and relationships
  • Manage sales leads, opportunities, accounts, contacts, marketing lists, sales collateral, campaigns, quotes, orders, and invoices
  • Improve customer service by integrating schedules, cases, contacts, product/service information, and more
  • Build powerful automated workflows that streamline key sales tasks and liberate salespeople for more effective selling
  • Efficiently administer and secure any Dynamics CRM implementation
  • Drive greater value by integrating Dynamics CRM with Microsoft Office productivity tools
  • Customize and extend Dynamics CRM using Visual Studio, .NET, and custom plug-ins and add-ons

ON THE WEB:

Download all of this book’s examples and source code at informit.com/title/9780672329708

About the Author

Marc J. Wolenikis founder and CEO of Webfortis, a Northern California consulting company and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that specializes in solutions built with Dynamics CRM. He has extensive experience with CRM implementation, integration, and migration for companies of all sizes, and is deeply involved in building custom vertical solutions around the Dynamics platform.

 

Damian Sinayis a Webfortis partner. Currently a development manager with senior .NET development responsibilities, he has extensive experience working with all Dynamics CRM technologies. He has participated in Dynamics CRM projects involving extremely complex customizations, integrations, and implementations.

 

More info: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM-4-0-Unleashed/dp/0672329700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243088206&sr=1-1

Programming Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (Pro-Developer)

programing ms crm 4.0

by Mike Snyder (Author), Jim Steger (Author), Brad Bosak (Author), Corey O’Brien (Author), Phil Richardson (Author)

Product Description
Announcing a fully revised second edition of this popular SELF-PACED TRAINING KIT designed to help maximize your performance on 70-536, a core exam for the MCTS and MCPD certifications. This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and customizable testing options. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs for the skills and expertise you can apply to the job. Focusing on the fundamentals of .NET application development, this official study guide covers using system types, collections, and generics to help manage data; validating input, reformatting text, and extracting data with regular expressions; developing services, application domains, and multithreaded applications; enhancing your applications by adding graphics and images; implementing code access security, role-based security, and data encryption; working with serialization and reflection techniques; instrumenting your applications with logging and tracing; and interacting with legacy code using COM Interop and PInvoke. Work at your own pace through the lessons and lab exercises. Then assess yourself using 300+ practice and review questions on the CD, featuring multiple, customizable testing options to meet your specific needs. Choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on discrete objectives. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers including pointers back to the book for further study. You also get an evaluation version of Microsoft Visual Studio® 2008 software and an exam discount voucher making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment.

Key Book Benefits

Comprehensive exam prep study guide In-depth coverage of exam objectives and sub-objectives plus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job 300+ practice and review questions Test engine that enables customized testing, pre-assessment and post-assessment, and automated scoring and feedback Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C# code samples on CD Handy exam-mapping grid Evaluation version of Visual Studio 2008 software 15 percent exam-discount voucher from Microsoft (limited time offer) Entire study guide in searchable eBook format

About the Author
Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISSP, and Microsoft MVP, is a consultant and author. He is coauthor of the SELF-PACED TRAINING KITS for a wide range of .NET Framework, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP certification exams.

More info: http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM-Pro-Developer/dp/0735625948

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CRM4: Update Rollup 4

Posted by on May 20, 2009 in CRM 4.0, Deployment |

Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering team released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 4 on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Below are the links to the release and related information about the Rollup. Please see the Knowledge Base (KB) article for more details about the Update Rollup 4 content and instructions.

Install Details about Update Rollup 4

 

  • Update Rollup 1, Update Rollup 2 and Update Rollup 3 are not prerequisites for installing Update Rollup 4
  • The Update Rollup 4 client can be deployed before the server is upgraded to Update Rollup 4
  • Update Rollup 4 can be uninstalled
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