Archive for April, 2013

How to set the Office365 password to never expire

April 23, 2013

In order to do this you need be running Windows 7 OR Server 2008R2 or above.

Follow the requirements for the Microsoft Online Services Module

The following are required in order to run the Microsoft Online Services Module:

  • Operating system: Use Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework: You must turn on the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.51 feature in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0 and AD FS 2.0: In order to run the cmdlets to set up single sign-on, you must turn on the Windows PowerShell 2.0 feature, and you must have administrator privileges on the AD FS 2.0 server. We recommend that you use remote access to the AD FS 2.0 server when you run the cmdlets; to do this you must use Windows PowerShell remoting. For information, see About_Remote_Requirements.
  • All Office 365 software updates: From the Office 365 downloads page, install the required updates. To access the Office 365 downloads page, sign in to the Office 365 portal, and, under Resources, click Downloads. These updates are required because the features in Office 365 will not work properly without the appropriate versions of operating systems, browsers, and software. For more information, see Set up your desktop for Office 365.

To Activate the Power Shell 2.0 feature

Download the Microsoft Online Services Module

The Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell is a download that comes with Office 365. This module installs a set of cmdlets to Windows PowerShell; you run those cmdlets to set up single sign-on for Office 365.

First Start Windows Power Shell Then issue these commands:

import-module MSOnline
Connect-MsolService
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Where you replace <user ID> with the full name of the user you want the password not to expire.

For example “w.coyote@acme.com

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SSIS Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

April 22, 2013

SSIS Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a cost-effective, easy-to-use and high-performance data integration solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, utilizing Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) capabilities. Use the following links to download the installation packages. Please make sure to choose the right bit that works for your system.

64 bit (x64)

32 bit (x86)

The current version is v3.0, it was last built on Feburary 27, 2013 (What’s new in the latest build).

Software Prerequisites

To use SSIS Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you need to have the following software installed in your system.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2005
  • .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SQL Server 2005 or 2008) or 4.0 (SQL Server 2012)
  • Windows Identity Foundation

For further details about the software prerequisites, please visit Help Manual page.

Free Developer License

The download software will operate under the free developer license after installation by default. Under the developer license, you can use the software within development environment (Visual Studio, or BIDS – Business Intelligence Development Studio) for free for as long as you want (Of course, your use of the software is governed by the terms of its accompanying license agreement).

The only limitation with the free developer license is, you cannot run the software outside of the development environment (Visual Studio or BIDS). If you would like to run the software outside the development environment (BIDS or Visual Studio), such as running SSIS packages on a scheduled basis or from a command line, you will need to acquire a license from us.

How to Configure Password Never Expired in Office 365

April 18, 2013

1. Open Windows PowerShell 2.0

2. At the prompt, type $cred = Get-Credential. The user is prompted to enter their administrative credentials.

3. Create a Remote PowerShell object. To do this, type the following:

$Session = New-PSSession-ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $Cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Download all the available cmdlets from the server. To do this, type Import-PSSession $session. After this command is run successfully, the available cmdlets are downloaded

Then type the command below:

Set-MsolUser-UserPrincipalName <Microsoft Online Services ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit (SDK)

April 12, 2013

Overview

Updated for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 13 and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers. This SDK documentation contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and plug-ins. It provides an architectural overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs are provided to guide you through the new features. It also contains information for developers customizing the Web client or Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, and lots of sample code.
In addition to the documentation, this download package includes the assemblies and tools needed for development, helper code for authentication, and Microsoft Visual Studio projects for all sample code found in the documentation. The package includes a visual style guide you can use to make your customizations fit in smoothly. Look for regular updates to this SDK.

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Instructions

  1. The download is a self-extracting executable file. To start the download, click Download.
  2. If the File Download dialog box appears, do one of the following:
    • To start the download immediately, click Run.
    • To copy the download to your computer to view at a later time, click Save.

Update Rollup 13 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (KB 2791312)

April 11, 2013

Overview

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 13 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 E-mail Router.
For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2791312:
Update Rollup 13 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
To maintain parity between the application components of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, this update rollup includes packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Router.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Prerequisites:

  • This update must be installed on a computer that is running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 6 or a later Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 update rollup.
  • This update requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.

Instructions

Click the file you want to download from the list below.
Important: The language pack must be installed before you can apply the update rollup for that language pack. Download and install a language pack at Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Pack.
To install this update rollup, do one of the following:

  • To start the installation immediately, click Run.
  • To save the download to your computer for installation later, click Save.
  • To cancel the installation, click Cancel.

Additional information

Components also installed with this update rollup The following components, if not already installed, will be installed when you apply this update rollup:

  • Visual C++ 2010 runtime
  • ReportViewer 2010 control

Hotfixes and updates that you have to manually enable or configure
This Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup contains hotfixes and updates that you must manually enable or configure. To enable or configure these hotfixes on the server that is running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, see the “Hotfixes and updates that you have to manually enable or configure” section of the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Update Rollup 13 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Integrating Dynamics ERP with Dynamics CRM

April 5, 2013

Keeping Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 instances in sync has never been easier than now with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Instance Adapter. This is an additional adapter for use with Connector for Microsoft Dynamics that allows for the synchronization of data between two Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 organizations.  The adapter allows for communication between two endpoints that exist on any authentication/hosting environment (on-premise, online, IFD, etc.)  This means that you can leverage this new adapter to move Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 data between test and production servers or from on-premises to the cloud.

This adapter is freely available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35385 and is offered as an unsupported add-on to Connector for Microsoft Dynamics.  Stay tuned to this blog for a video detailing the installation and use of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 instance Adapter.

Customer Care Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

April 1, 2013

The Customer Care Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM  2011 officially went out the door for folks today and it is now  available publicly. You can head over to Microsoft Pinpoint and pick it up here or you can find it on the  Dynamics Marketplace here.

As a bit of a teaser… here are two screen shots of the new  interface provided as part of the Reference Implementation for CCA.

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And a bit of a rehash from my previous post on  this:

Here are a few highlights to help you be prepared and  knowledgeable on CCA for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

  • First, The Customer Care   Accelerator R1 will continue to fully Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
  • The Customer Care Accelerator   R2 and User Interface Integration (UII) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is   scheduled to be released on April 15, 2011.
  • The Customer Care Accelerator   R2 and UII will fully support Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Microsoft   Dynamics CRM 2011 On-Premises.
  • The UII framework will support   all of the authentication models supported by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011,   including Active Directory, IFD (Internet Facing Deployment), Live (for   Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online) and partial support for Claims (Security   Assertion Markup Language — please see the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK   and Installation documentation for more information on Claims/SAML support).
  • The Customer Care Accelerator   R2 and UII for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 have been updated to .net 4.
  • The Customer Care Accelerator   R2 will include updated and restructured reference implementation, providing   several prebuilt scenarios to help partners and customers get a jumpstart on   learning how to work with the building blocks within the UII. As an example,   one of the scenarios will include creating user sessions from various activity   types in CRM, and using UII tasks to create cases.
  • The Hosted Application Toolkit   (HAT) will be updated for .net 4.0 using the .net 4.0 workflow engine and HAT   will fully support Visual Studio 2010