A customer asked me to investigate what is involved in setting up IFD (Internet Facing Deployment) for CRM 2011 so I have looked on the internet for the best articles, videos and documents on the subject.
There are five main parts into configuring IFD
Installing AD FS 2.0
Configuring the AD FS 2.0 federation server
Configuring Dynamics CRM 2011 for claims-based authentication and IFD
Creating the relying party trust for CRM and configuring the claims rules on AD FS 2.0
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Implementation guide has a document called – Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Claims-based Authentication.doc, it is a very thorough document but the only downside is it doesn’t have any screen shots, which can make it difficult sometimes to follow the instructions. You can download the document here
Which is why This blog post is good because the walkthrough of setting up IFD, like all good walkthroughs it has good explanation with the important screen shots
I have a couple of links to two excellent videos going through setting IFD but I have also found some articles on the subject as well.
Introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Claims-based Authentication
I read this blog post today which was on the Microsoft Partner email (yes I do actually read them!!) and I saw today is the last day you can use the Microsoft Gold Partner logo
Microsoft says this
Continue to use Gold Certified and Certified logos in their marketing materials until October 31, 2011 and to refer to their Gold Certified or Certified status in communications and documents, such as bidding documents for tenders, until their membership renewal date.
Continue to use their current Gold Certified and Certified partner software benefits until October 31, 2011, regardless of which new membership opportunity they chose at their next renewal date
So what does this all actually mean, I’m copy the useful parts from the blog post
What this means is, as of November 1, 2011:
Use of the “Gold Certified Partner” or “Certified Partner” logos should cease entirely, including your marketing materials (websites, newsletters, advertisements, etc.) or in your communications and documents, such as bidding documents.
If you are a former Gold Certified or Certified partner and you have not achieved a gold or silver competency by October 31, 2011, you must uninstall any software licenses that have been provided to your organization based on achieving the Gold Certified or Certified partner level. The only licenses you will be eligible to use are those that you have earned based on your current membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. Check out the License Calculator tool to see what Internal Use Rights you receive with the various competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network.
As of November 1, 2011, the branding that you must use is the Microsoft Partner Network branding that includes the Microsoft Partner logo with the associated silver and/or gold competencies that your company has achieved to date, as the former branding is officially retired:
if you want to create a new logo you can use their online logo maker, which you can find here. If you are puzzled by what this all means then I suggest going to the Frequently asked Questions and you might find some answers. You will need to be a member of partner source but if this blog started you panicing or you are bothered about the content then I guess you already are.