Free Audit Plugin for CRM 4

Auditing was always a bit of a problem in CRM 4, thankfully Microsoft have done a great job of auditing in CRM 2011 and built it in.

Although this offer a juicy carrot to offer customers in trying to persuade them to upgrade to CRM 2011 it doesn’t help the companies who aren’t going to upgrade to CRM 2011 and want some auditing now.

Well this week I was told to investigate a project on codeplex

Microsoft CRM 4 – audit Plugin

This is a brief description of the plugin by the author

Project Description
Microsoft CRM 4.0 Audit Plugin is a simple-to-use plugin enabling basic data auditing capabilities. Configured via Plugin Manager, it is very simple to manage. Developed in C# and my spare time!

The Microsoft DynamicsTM CRM 4.0 Audit Plug-in was created to address the package’s minimal auditing capability. The audit plug-in can be used by the Microsoft CRM partners and customers to quickly increase the package’s auditing capability to track field level changes.

I have to say the documentation with the plugin is fantastic, it’s simple to follow and walks you through the process step by step.  I have installed this plugin twice now and I have done it both time easily and quickly and without any problems.

The most impressive feature about the plugin is it is so easy and quick to install and get going, the second time I did it, it took me about 30 minutes to setup and start auditing.

This is a quick easy win for anyone who wants to add auditing to CRM 4.

CRM 2011 – Multiple Advanced finds allowed in CRM 2011

I find it quite annoying you can only have one advanced find window up in CRM 4 so it was with glee when I read this blog entry  telling me you can have multiple advanced finds in CRM 2011

The funny thing was I have been brain washed by CRM 4 I didn’t even try to open more advanced find windows.   Thinking about this you wonder why Microsoft put a limit of one advanced on.

This should be good news for CRM developers who love to use the advanced find, although most users don’t seem as interested with it.

This is a good reason to upgrade to CRM 2011 and well done to the chaps at powerobjects, well done for making me so happy with something so simple

They even put a picture on their blog

CRM 2011 – Silverlight Development Resources

I saw a tweet from CRMLady – Anne Stanton which popped up with CRM 2011 and Silverlight Development resources.  ooohh interesting I thought

I haven’t really used Silverlight yet but once I finished studying for monster 70-515 .NET 4 web apps exam then it is on my list of things to look at so this tweet interested me

The tweet pointed to the Southern New England Dynamics xRM/CRM User Group blog and this blog post – Silverlight + CRM Development Resources, it’s also worth checking out some other blog entries because there is some good resources of information on there, have a look here

good work all round

Silverlight + CRM Development Resources

Thanks to Holson Yap, senior consultant and developer from Green Beacon Solutions, for sharing these great Silverlight and Dynamics CRM combination resources with the group.

Reposted here for all the enjoy