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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Fact sheets

Posted by Nitin Dhawan on June 27, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager Readme This document provides important late-breaking information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager that supplements the Microsoft Dynamics CRM documentation.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Articles This article contains a list of resources that explain how to migrate data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and troubleshoot the migration process.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Planning and Deployment Guidance This guidance provides additional information for Service Providers who are interested in hosting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in their data center, or for enterprise customers who are interested in leveraging MSCRM 4.0 multi-tenant architecture in their IT infrastructure. The documentation walks you through the planning process, provides sizing and architectural guidance, and shows you how to deploy MSCCRM 4.0 in a data center that can be accessed over the Internet by any CRM clients. It covers the topics about how to leverage the Deployment SDK to automate the creation and provisioning of organizations and users within the multi-tenant MSCRM 4.0 deployment. This contains the following documentations and tool:
– Deployment Walkthrough Guide for Service Providers
– Planning Guide for Service Providers
– Development Guide for Service Providers
– Microsoft Software License Terms
– Deployment Configuration Tool
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Offline and Online Synchronization in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 This article details about the Offline and Online synchronization processes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The paper also provides a FAQ (the answers apply and demonstrate principles explained in the primary content) and list of resources for additional information.
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Performance and Scalability Assessment of Customer Implementation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 This paper provides a sample final report on the results, conclusions, and recommendations from a performance and scalability assessment of a customer’s implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
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Improving Microsoft Dynamics CRM Performance and Securing Data with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 contains a variety of features that, when implemented properly, can improve the performance of a Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 implementation and secure the data within that deployment. These Microsoft SQL Server 2008 features include: – Compression – Sparse Columns – Transparent Data Encryption – Backup Compression The MS CRM E2 team, working in conjunction with the Microsoft SQL Server team, recently completed a project that was designed to:
1. Evaluate the new scenarios that these Microsoft SQL Server 2008 features expose
2. Measure the performance impact of implementing these features, both singly and in selected combinations This paper provides an overview of these Microsoft SQL Server 2008 features, together with benchmark results and recommendations for implementation.
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Using Encrypting File System and BitLocker to Protect Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data on Outlook Clients This white paper describes how to use EFS and BitLocker to protect CRM data on clients running Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP. Depending on the type of information being gathered by a CRM user working offline, it may be advisable to secure the CRM data on the client computer to help prevent theft via remote access or limit exposure if the computer containing the data were stolen. This white paper explains how to use Microsoft® BitLocker™ Drive Encryption (BitLocker) and Encrypting File System (EFS) to protect data stored on Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients for Outlook running on Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1). The paper also explains how to use EFS to protect data on client computers running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (SP3).
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Internet Facing Deployment (IFD) Installation Basics IFD allows the customers to configure their CRM system to be reachable from outside the intranet (i.e. internet or outside of the firewall). The main difference when using IFD vs. typical on-premise deployment is how users are authenticated. When using the on-premise version, IIS handles most of the authentication via integrated windows authentication. There are however custom CRM authentication handler modules registered during setup to assist in the process. In IFD, the web site is opened for anonymous access and the authentication relies on the presence of the CRM ticket cookie. This cookie is obtained by starting off from a sign-in page. Any page request that does not contain the CRM ticket cookie also gets redirected to it. This page deletes any expired CRM ticket cookies and if the user has provided correct credentials at the sign-in page, a new CRM ticket cookie would be written and used in later requests.
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Internet Facing Deployment (IFD) Installation Basics This document describes configuring Microsoft Dynamics CRM (On-Premise Edition) for Internet-facing deployment (IFD), and a few of the common issues and resolutions associated with Microsoft Dynamics CRM IFD.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Installers

Posted by Nitin Dhawan on June 13, 2009

VPC Re-Release for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 – All Regions This Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC is a Re-Release of last year’s April VPC due to expiration in August 2010.
This VPC has been updated with Office 2010 client, CRM Update 11, and new portal accelerators. It will expire in August of 2011. This is designed to work with VPC 2007 SP1 which will install on Windows 7 or Vista.This VPC can be accessed with the follwoing credentials:
“ID=contoso\administrator” and “PW=pass@word1”
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is available as a 90-day trial version in each language in which Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is available. This page will be updated with new languages as they are released.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Virtual Machine This demo is a one computer setup with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and associated Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients for Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers. It contains all new information about creating plug-ins, working with custom workflow activities, using the new Web services, using new data management features, and much more.This SDK contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and more. It provides an architectural overview of MSCRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs guide you through the new features. The SDK also contains information for developers customizing the Web client or MSCRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, sample code, and a detailed user interface style guide.
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Plugin Registration Tool 2.2 PluginDeveloper tool shipped in the SDK has the console application support for scripting but i have got many requests to add support for scripting in the PlguinRegistration tool so that they could use it for deployment purposes. PluginRegistration Tool assumes that you have secure trust established to the CRM server so it doesn’t ask for the credentials. If you do want to run the tool across domains, then you can save the credentials of the CRM server in the Windows->Stored User Names repository and run the application.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Deployment Software Development Kit The MSCRM 4.0 Deployment Software Development Kit (SDK) presents information to help you write code using the Deployment Web service.You can create solutions to do the following:
1. Manipulate the MSCRM Organization entity to create and manage organizations.
2. Retrieve and view MSCRM license type information for a deployment.MCRM 4.0 can host multiple organizations on a single server. The Deployment SDK provides a way to programmatically manage these organizations using the MSCRM Deployment Manager and the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Microsoft Office Outlook Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Outlook and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Outlook with Offline Access. For on-premise and Service Provider editions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 only.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Integration with Office Communications Server In this sample you will work with a server-based messaging bot capable of providing intelligent real time communications to multiple endpoints within an Office Communications Server environment. This bot communicates with customers through an AJAX-based Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access server. Messages are sent through an automated script managed by a WWF Sequential Workflow to create an intelligent automated response system. When a conversation between a customer and the bot is finished, the data that was gathered by the bot is stored in a queue hosted by a WCF service. This allows live persons to take over the conversation and gather any further desired information. Once the live conversation is complete, the queued data can be sent directly to an active MSCRM 4.0 server through a set of Web services.
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Miscrosoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Implementation Guide This guide contains comprehensive information about how to plan, install, and maintain Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Readme This document provides important late-breaking information for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server and Web application.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Help Update The Microsoft Dynamics CRM documentation team has updated the Help for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 based on feedback from customers and partners. In this update, you will find expanded information and clarifications in many topics, as well as bug fixes and new topics to support late-breaking product features. This update includes Help for all supported languages.
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 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 User’s Guide  A printable version of the Help that ships with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, On Premise.
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Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 on multiple servers You can install multiple Microsoft Dynamics CRM servers to balance the processing load across several servers. Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM in this manner can increase performance and availability.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Sample Data (On-Premise Edition) This sample data includes a set of comma-separated values (CSV) files that contains the sample data and an XML data map file that maps the data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. You use the Data Migration Manager to install the sample data.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager Using the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager, you can convert and upload data from another CRM system to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.The Data Migration Manager includes default data maps to convert source data from several common CRM systems to the data format expected by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. During the conversion and migration process, you can create any necessary custom entities or attributes to ensure that you do not lose legacy data during the migration process.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router The E-mail Router is an interface between the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system and one or more Exchange servers or POP3 servers for incoming e-mail, and one or more SMTP servers for outgoing e-mail. E-mail messages come into the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system through the E-mail Router. The three main components that can be installed during E-mail Router Setup are as follows:
– Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Router Service
– Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Configuration Manager
– Microsoft Dynamics CRM E-mail Rule Deployment Wizard
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Logical Database Diagrams These Microsoft Office Visio diagrams show the logical database structure for Microsoft CRM 4.0. These diagrams were generated using the Metadata Diagram sample code included in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 SDK download.
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List Web Part for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 The List Web Part for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 provides a way to view and update Microsoft Dynamics CRM records using a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 Web site. Microsoft Dynamics CRM users can create shared or personal List Web Parts of Microsoft Dynamics CRM records from a SharePoint Web site, open records in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 from the List Web Part, and create connected List Web Parts.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Sales Lead Assessment Tool The CRM Sales Lead Assessment Tool is intended for small and medium-sized partners needing to ramp up new sales teams unfamiliar with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft® Outlook® 2007 with Business Contact Manager. The tool provides the questions to help sales teams start a conversation about which Microsoft solution will best meet those business needs, specifically, one of the following: Microsoft Office 2007 Outlook with Business Contact Manager or Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Demonstration Tools The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Demonstration Tools provide a simple user interface that allows you to easily enter and edit data to populate or modify your instance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. It also allows you to load and store your data in XML format, so that you can reuse your data in the future.
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