Themes in Power Apps maker portal
Nov21

Themes in Power Apps maker portal

Vote now Make make.powerapps.com respect environment theme When Microsoft introduced Themes in Microsoft Dynamics 365, they moved away from the old Ford approach: Any customer can have a CRM paintedany color that he wants, so long as it is black.Microsoft Dynamics CRM branding department before themes It was now possible to specify custom color schemes and even your own logo. <img...

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Custom Translations – the Easy Way
Nov01

Custom Translations – the Easy Way

In many customer projects and products, I have built solutions for managing translations in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CDS / CRM.Sure, the metadata can be translated to show labels etc in the language of the user, but having a custom solution for translations ensures localized content for texts that are shown to the user from code or automation. A simple model storing Translations in… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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A Pro Code Escape in Power Automate
Sep09

A Pro Code Escape in Power Automate

Microsoft Power Automate is a fantastic platform when it comes to low-code automation, with connectors to literally hundreds of data sources.But what if you need to do something too complex for the existing flow actions?Take the Pro Code Escape with the Common Data Service. In the true spirit of the #ProCodeNoCodeUnite movement, the Power Automate and Common Data Service… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their blog...

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Personal Branding according to Jonas Rapp – YouTube
Aug20

Personal Branding according to Jonas Rapp – YouTube

What is a Personal Brand? I got that question from fellow Microsoft MVP Megan Walker, along with ten more questions detailing how I see the concept of Personal Branding. In this video I give my eleven answers. Some of them may also be seen in Megan’s video series on the topic, which is available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD9xXqUZnFj_ymqE5plDAeO8if3LjwyYc Follow Megan: 🌐 Website: https://meganvwalker.com 🐤...

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Personal Branding according to Jonas
Aug20

Personal Branding according to Jonas

Microsoft MVP Megan Walker recently reached out to fellow MVPs to get their views and experiences around Personal Branding. She had eleven questions on the topic, and of course I wanted to give her and the world my thoughts. The questions we got from Megan What does Personal Brand mean to you?Do you think you have a personal brand?Did you intentionally set out to create a… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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CDS Saturday – October 24
Aug17

CDS Saturday – October 24

Welcome to Dataflex CDS Saturday @ Stockholm Online! The Times They Are A-Changin’– Bob Dylan Indeed old Bob was right. We are not hosting a Nordic Summit in Stockholm this year. We are not rebranding all our content to Dataflex. But we ARE hosting a CDS Saturday online on October 24, 2020! Call For Papers:https://sessionize.com/cds-saturday Registration: Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their blog CDS...

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FetchXML Builder July 2020 Release
Jul22

FetchXML Builder July 2020 Release

With the July 2020 release of FetchXML Builder for XrmToolBox the new Column Comparison feature of the FetchXML language is supported. Read more about all new features and fixes below. New Features Column Comparison This feature of FetchXML got a lot of buzz from the community when it was announced by Microsoft on 2020-07-14. Thanks to contributions from fellow tool… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their blog...

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New website launched: fetchxmlbuilder.com
Jul20

New website launched: fetchxmlbuilder.com

Any tool worth its salt deserves a dedicated website. Six years after initial release, FetchXML Builder for XrmToolBox finally has its own home on the Internet. Under the domain fetchxmlbuilder.com you will find feature descriptions, tips, how-tos, and a forum dedicated to questions and ideas around FetchXML Builder. Of course there are also instructions on how to become an official… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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WordPress Header Anchor Links – YouTube
Jul05

WordPress Header Anchor Links – YouTube

Step by step instruction on how to easily add anchor links to headers in WordPress pages and posts. source

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Querying date intervals in the Common Data Service
Jun01

Querying date intervals in the Common Data Service

Querying date intervals in Microsoft Common Data Service, Power Apps and Dynamics 365 is not always possible using Advanced Find nor is it as easy as working with plain SQL. TL;DR – with FetchXML this is quite possible! Have you ever wanted to tell your CRM (CDS, D365 etc.) things like: Show me all opportunities with Estimated Close Date exactly 90 days from now! Well, today a… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 8 – Reference latest version of submodule repository – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 8 – Reference latest version of submodule repository – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 9 – Tracking changes in remote repository – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 9 – Tracking changes in remote repository – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 6 – Committing submodule file changes – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 6 – Committing submodule file changes – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 3 – Including the shared project and committing the changes – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 3 – Including the shared project and committing the changes – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 7 – Updating submodule the wrong way – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 7 – Updating submodule the wrong way – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 … source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 2 – Adding the submodule to my solution – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 2 – Adding the submodule to my solution – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 1 – My project and the helper repository – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 1 – My project and the helper repository – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 5 – Improving the submodule shared project – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 5 – Improving the submodule shared project – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 4 – Consuming the goodies of the submodule shared project – YouTube
Apr14

Git Submodules in Visual Studio part 4 – Consuming the goodies of the submodule shared project – YouTube

This video is part of a series describing how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio – YouTube
Apr12

Git Submodules in Visual Studio – YouTube

This video describes how to use git submodules for a C# Visual Studio project, the example focused on a plugin for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, but the principles displayed are of course relevant to other project and repository types. Full article available at: https://jonasr.app/vs-git-subm source

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Git Submodules in Visual Studio
Apr12

Git Submodules in Visual Studio

Ever since I started working with development, I have both created and consumed libraries, frameworks, utilities and snippets to simplify and streamline my code. The methods to include this code have varied a lot; from simply copy-pasting code to linked files to private NuGet servers with build automation, full CI/CD etc. Lately I have started working with Git Submodules, and I struggled a… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Conditional Unique Auto Number Sequences in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM
Mar05

Conditional Unique Auto Number Sequences in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

A common request for Auto Numbers in Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CDS/CRM) is to have one number field with different formats and unique sequences based on data on the record or it’s parents.I call this “Conditional Unique Auto Number Sequences”. Click image to see original post. In a previous article I demonstrated one way of including dynamic information in a numbered attribute using a… Continue Reading Jonas...

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NEW Release: UML Diagram Generator
Feb06

NEW Release: UML Diagram Generator

Read all about the UML Diagram Generator tool that generates PlantUML files from your Microsoft Dynamics 365 / Common Data Service metadata: jonasr.app/UML The post NEW Release: UML Diagram Generator appeared first on The Dynamics 365 Trenches. Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their blog NEW Release: UML Diagram Generator ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches The UML Diagram Generator for XrmToolBox is a new tool that generates...

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NEW Release: Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox
Dec01

NEW Release: Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox

Read all about this new tool utilizing the Power Apps Checker API here: https://powerappschecker.com The post NEW Release: Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox appeared first on The Dynamics 365… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their blog NEW Release: Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches Read all about this new tool utilizing the Power Apps Checker API here: https://powerappschecker.com Blog...

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Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox – YouTube
Dec01

Power Apps Checker for XrmToolBox – YouTube

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Create view: Active Contacts in My State
Oct08

Create view: Active Contacts in My State

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement and Common Data Service offer us the querying language FetchXML to retrieve data. Since this is the language used for views saved in the system, we can use FetchXML Builder for XrmToolBox to alter the features of views beyond what is possible using platform features, without making them unsupported. I recently got a question from Mike if it would… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Going to Dublin #365SatDub – YouTube
Sep27
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Balancing Cool Tech, Usability and TCO
Aug25

Balancing Cool Tech, Usability and TCO

I’m a techie. I like new, shiny, cool stuff.Newest however, usually costs.And customers usually like cheap.Users don’t care about either.They just want a system that empowers more than it obstructs.So how do you find the balance between the three? Is it even possible? Or is it just another Project Management Triangle? Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a secret formula to solve the… Continue Reading Jonas...

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No more Export as Unmanaged ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
May23

No more Export as Unmanaged ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Ever since “CRM 2011” Microsoft has been pushing the message that we should have unmanaged solutions only in Development environments. That message is being emphasized even more as we walk into the new Power Platform era.Ideas have been raised that one day we might not be allowed to import unmanaged solutions to an environment that is not explicitly tagged for Development. I would… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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No more Export as Unmanaged
May23

No more Export as Unmanaged

Ever since “CRM 2011” Microsoft has been pushing the message that we should have unmanaged solutions only in Development environments. That message is being emphasized even more as we walk into the new Power Platform era.Ideas have been raised that one day we might not be allowed to import unmanaged solutions to an environment that is not explicitly tagged for Development. I would suggest… Continue Reading Jonas...

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The Milliseconds Are Here! ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Apr29

The Milliseconds Are Here! ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

Ever since I started using the Plugin Trace Log for investigation of my plugins around three years ago, I have wondered why we don’t have timestamps with better granularity than seconds.As I expressed it in an article from 2017: Given the CPU power we have today, it is just incomprehensible why we should not get more detail in the timing of plugin execution.It is like defining my age… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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The Milliseconds Are Here!
Apr29

The Milliseconds Are Here!

Ever since I started using the Plugin Trace Log for investigation of my plugins around three years ago, I have wondered why we don’t have timestamps with better granularity than seconds.As I expressed it in an article from 2017: Given the CPU power we have today, it is just incomprehensible why we should not get more detail in the timing of plugin execution.It is like defining my age by… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Easter week in the media
Apr17

Easter week in the media

As the Easter approaches, this is a short week at work.Nevertheless, a lot has happened around the media. Here’s a recap. Press release On Monday I started my new job at CRM-Konsulterna, an infinitesimal Dynamics consultancy (compared to Avanade that I just came from) started by fellow MVP Gustaf Westerlund. My signing was highlighted in Swedish media through this press… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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Easter week in the media ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Apr17

Easter week in the media ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

As the Easter approaches, this is a short week at work.Nevertheless, a lot has happened around the media. Here’s a recap. Press release On Monday I started my new job at CRM-Konsulterna, an infinitesimal Dynamics consultancy (compared to Avanade that I just came from) started by fellow MVP Gustaf Westerlund. My signing was highlighted in Swedish media through this press… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions
Mar21

Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions

After working as a developer for a quarter century I have seen my fair share of nested conditionals and probably caused way beyond my fair share.Nested conditionals make the code harder to read and simply less aesthetic. When working with Microsoft Flow, this becomes even more obvious with the screen real estate that the Flow designed requires. An alternative design pattern is to use

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Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Mar21

Avoid nested conditionals in Microsoft Flow by using Guard Conditions ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

After working as a developer for a quarter century I have seen my fair share of nested conditionals and probably caused way beyond my fair share.Nested conditionals make the code harder to read and simply less aesthetic. When working with Microsoft Flow, this becomes even more obvious with the screen real estate that the Flow designed requires. An alternative design pattern is to use… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article...

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Dynamic content in Auto Numbers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM
Feb14

Dynamic content in Auto Numbers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

As the creator of the Auto Number Manager tool in XrmToolBox, I get two questions more than any other questions: How can I number existing records?How can I add dynamic content to the numbers? In a previous article I gave my solution to the first question. I will now dive into the second one and show a simple way of adding dynamic information from the numbered entity and related entities… Continue Reading Jonas...

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We create XrmToolBox tools at Dynamics 365 Saturdays!
Feb12

We create XrmToolBox tools at Dynamics 365 Saturdays!

The community of developers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM in general and for XrmToolBox in particular is a great bunch of people. But I wish there were more of us – the more the merrier The D365 Saturday phenomenon with pro bono speakers at a full day event, free of charge for participants, has spread like wildfire over the last couple of years.The connection to the XrmToolBox is… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Auto Numbering existing records in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM
Feb02

Auto Numbering existing records in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

As the creator of the Auto Number Manager tool in XrmToolBox, I get two questions more than any other questions: How can I number existing records?How can I add dynamic content to the numbers? To answer these questions once and for all, I will post my suggestions in two articles. I will step way outside my comfort zone of coding the solutions and give you strictly no-code… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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Bulk Data Updater for XrmToolBox – YouTube
Jan13

Bulk Data Updater for XrmToolBox – YouTube

Learn how to use the Bulk Data Updater tool for XrmToolBox to update values, trigger workflows and plugins, and even delete records in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM. This tutorial demonstrates the basics of the tool, with live examples. XrmToolBox: Home · XrmToolBox XrmToolBox is a Windows application that connects to the Common Data Service for Apps (CDS). Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (CE) applications, like Dynamics 365 for...

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We created an XrmToolBox tool at Dynamics 365 Saturday Stockholm!
Nov15

We created an XrmToolBox tool at Dynamics 365 Saturday Stockholm!

Last Saturday some 100+ experts, partners and user of Microsoft Dynamics 365 met up at the Microsoft offices in Stockholm, Sweden for a day packed with content at the Dynamics 365 Saturday event. I delivered two sessions at the event, and in one of them I took on a somewhat challenging session called Let’s build an XrmToolBox tool! I started with a few introductory slides, to set the stage,… Continue Reading Jonas...

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Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Nov07

Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

The case is obviously not entirely closed. My recent article Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM received a lot of attention, and sparked writers, podcasters, tweeters and commenters around the world to give feedback, yell at me, agree with me, or simply continue the discussion both publicly and privately. Readers of the “Case Closed” article… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on...

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Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open
Nov07

Managed or Unmanaged solutions – a hot case still slightly open

The case is obviously not entirely closed. My recent article Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM received a lot of attention, and sparked writers, podcasters, tweeters and commenters around the world to give feedback, yell at me, agree with me, or simply continue the discussion both publicly and privately. Readers of the “Case Closed” article last… Continue Reading Jonas...

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Translating the Easy Way – YouTube
Oct08

Translating the Easy Way – YouTube

In this tutorial I will show you the benefits of using Easy Translator for XrmToolBox instead of translating youe Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement or CDS environment using out of the box functionality. Home · XrmToolBox XrmToolBox is a Windows application that connects to the Common Data Service for Apps (CDS). Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (CE) applications, like Dynamics 365 for Sales, Service or Talent also use the...

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Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365
Sep29

Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365

If you have problems shifting gears in your car, you don’t call Volvo to say “Hey, I don’t like how this gear shifting thing works, so I’m just going to use reverse and drive backwards from now on.”What you probably do is call them to say “I’m having trouble shifting, you need to fix the problems or show me how to use it properly.“ Ever since Microsoft introduced the… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s Article on their...

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Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM
Sep29

Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

If you have problems shifting gears in your car, you don’t call Volvo to say “Hey, I don’t like how this gear shifting thing works, so I’m just going to use reverse and drive backwards from now on.” What you probably do is call them to say “I’m having trouble shifting, you need to fix the problems or show me how to use it properly.“ Ever since Microsoft introduced the Solution platform...

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Portal Records Mover with Nick Doelman
Sep10

Portal Records Mover with Nick Doelman

MVP Nick Doelman shows us how to use the Portal Records Mover tool in XrmToolBox to copy Dynamics Portals configuration data from one Dynamics 365 CE organization to another. source

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Telling VS to not use latest packages ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches
Sep05

Telling VS to not use latest packages ⋆ The Dynamics 365 Trenches

When your C# projects are referencing NuGet packages, you are always encouraged to update to latest version.This can be annoying, when you really don’t want to. In the world of Microsoft Dynamics 365/CE/CRM, you may have to use SDK of previous major version (8.x), while Visual Studio still wants you to use the latest available packages (9.x). But there IS a way to tell Visual Studio to… Continue Reading Jonas Rapp’s...

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Working with Auto Numbers – YouTube
Sep04
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Managing Connections in XrmToolBox
Aug24
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SCOTtish summit 2021

On February the 27th Scottish Summit 2021 will come to you as a virtual event. With over 250 sessions from all Microsoft technologies. You need to register for your FREE ticket and download the Scottish Summit App to see all the great sessions.