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Cloning Entity Metadata

XRM Tool Box has this cool plugin to clone entity metadata. I wanted to create an entity similar to the out of the box contact entity. This should have all the out of the box fields and few additional fields. The design decision to clone the Contact entity rather than using the existing one was:

  1. Contact entity was used for other requirement to store information about individuals.
  2. Cloning the contact entity will have more diverse entity structure
  3. Maintain simplicity, where if I used the Contact entity for storing both type of records, the design would be more complex, leading to maintenance overhead in the future.

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Facts about Dynamics 365 Auto-numbering

Hello readers. In this article, I am going to explain few facts about Dynamics 365 auto-numbering feature. Previously we had to write some SDK code to generate the auto numbering for custom entities. But after version 9.X, this is possible for any entity. I have been commissioned to find solution to replace the custom written auto numbering solution. From the team, this came up and had the opportunity to explore it more. You can find more details about this feature from the following link.

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Migrating data with Many to Many relationships

When providing client solutions with CRM, majority of the time clients want to migrate their existing data. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive guide to migrate data with many to many relationships. As we all know support for many to many relationships is one of the coolest features in Dynamics CRM.

For instance, let’s assume a client wants to upload the accounts(companies) with the primary contact intact. In this scenario, accounts has a reference to contacts and contacts has reference to accounts (company). You can see the references in the below images.

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Best practices and preparation for Data Import for Dynamics 365

Data migration is one of the top priority tasks in Dynamics 365 solutions. For majority of clients they have some data to be migrated to the new solution. And every client want their data to be perfect. So it is highly important that data is well prepared before doing any imports. Objective of this article is to highlight some of the best practices that you should follow up when preparing data.

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Practical use of Case Summary Table report

Out of the box, Dynamics CRM provides us set of reports. This article will talk about Case Summary Table reports which is significantly important for case management scenarios. In fact it is capable of highlighting the trends and patterns of cases that you are receiving for your products and services.

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Dynamics 365 Team Access Configuration for Records

Access teams is one of the cool features in Dynamics 365. This allows us to assign records to multiple users. An access team is basically a collection of users who has access to a record. For instance, there could be a large account, which a team of account managers might be working for continuous business.

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Follow and un-follow records.

There are many actions that you can perform against records. Following and un-following is one of them. This article is about a scenario where you can use this cool feature.

Assume that you have a list of clients or accounts. And you have nominated top 3 of those, because they bring the biggest chunk of your annual revenue. Above all they are your reference customers. Normally CEOs, Sales Directors would like to keep a close eye on these clients. With Dynamics CRM, they can easily follow these records. When they do that, these accounts will appear under the “Accounts I follow” view. So they don’t have to worry about all the accounts that exists in the system.


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