CRM 2011 – Activity Feed Article List

If like me you have installed the latest rollup for CRM 2011, installed the activity feeds solution, briefly had a look at activity feeds but then decided you haven’t got time to set it up.

Luckily a lot of the CRM community have been getting to grips with activity feeds and a lot of excellent CRM bloggers have written some good blogs about activity feeds and how to get started with them.

I am this week going to set up activity feeds so I thought I would collate some of the better articles on activity feeds.

Introduction to activity feeds by Richard Knudson

http://www.dynamicscrmtrickbag.com/2011/11/13/activity_feeds/

Activity feed rules

http://gotchahunter.net/2011/11/activity-feeds-rules-in-dynamics-crm-2011/

Activity feeds

http://gtcrm.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/activity-feeds-in-microsoft-crm-2011/

How to do mentions in activity feeds

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/10/31/how-to-do-mentions-with-activity-feeds.aspx

Sample code for activity feeds

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh547450.aspx

working with the SDK and activity feeds

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/10/31/working-with-activity-feed-using-microsoft-crm-sdk1.aspx

How to create a post with mentions using a workflow

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/11/07/how-to-create-a-post-with-mentions-using-workflow.aspx

following and unfollowing records in CRM

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/10/27/following-and-unfollowing-records-in-crm.aspx

How to add a record to the wall

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/11/09/how-to-add-a-record-wall-to-a-form.aspx

CRM 2011 – How to open CRM as a different user

Sometimes you need to open CRM 2011 as a different user so you can test security privildges and functionality that certain users should/shouldn’t be able to use.

You can do this in internet explorer by going to the tools section on Internet explorer -> Security -> Custom Level -> scrolling right the way down to the bottom and changing the authorisation for prompt for username and password

The downside of this is it means you have to put in a password every time you access CRM, which can get very frustrating.

I found a slightly easier way to do this.  You can choose to run internet explorer as another user.  To do this you will need to make a .bat file with the line below.

runas /user:username@domain “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://<yourcrmserver>/loader.aspx”

an example is

runas /user:#HOSK@HOSKDOMAIN”C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://crm2011/Demo/loader.aspx”

runas /user:username@domain “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://<yourcrmserver>/loader.aspx”

The example is set for Windows 7, if you have an older version of windows you probably will need a different path to internet explorer e.g. not (x86) and just Program Files,

runas /user:<testuser>\<domain> “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore http://&lt;yourcrmserver>/loader.aspx”

Where it says username and domain you will need to provide the username and domain for the user.

It will then have opened Internet Explorer as that user.  You will then need to put in your username and password again when you start CRM.

So is that an improvement?  it is a little bit of an improvement because when you open internet explorer as normal it will remember your usual authentication.

Hopefully someone might have a better solution but this one might help you