CRM – November KB articles for CRM

Here is a list of the all KB articles released for CRM in the month of November 2011

Dynamics CRM

 

KB Article Link Publish Date CRM Version Title
2620926 05/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 4.0 [SDP 3][61593d1b-21b0-43e3-9088-74e77dec12f4] Microsoft Dynamics CRM client for Microsoft Office Outlook diagnostic tool
2550098 10/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 20 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is available
975995 14/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 8 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is available
977650 14/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 9 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is available
2639569 01/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 2011 Error message when attempting to send tracked email message to another user in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
2536453 04/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 2011 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 continuously prompts for credentials when it attempts to access a webresource
2584871 18/11/2011 Dynamics CRM 2011 Error occurs when you install Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Server on a domain whose NetBIOS domain name contains a period (.)

CRM 2011 – CRM and Portal information

I was asked about portals and CRM 2011 today.

I have been googling information about it.  In my mind this is fantastic functionality that clients want but setting it up and maintaining it can be difficult.  The main problem I have is to use a portal you have to set up a seperate website and then it’s a case of managing the security settings and I am not to hot with security settings.  The major benefit of the portal is it does provide a method of doing the security settings and managing this from within CRM.

I also tried to setup the portal once and it was a day of frustration before I got had to leave it.

my experience shouldn’t scare people off, I bet there are loads of people who have successfully got CRM portals working.

I thought I would list the portal information I have found

The first is slightly unusual but the Customer Portal is listed twice on the market place, one has one review of 5 stars and the other has 9 reviews of an average of 3.5.  This does seem quite low for a Microsoft endorsed accelerator (1o reviews!)

http://dynamics.pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/applications/Customer-Portal-for-Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM-2011-12884910826

http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-gb/applications/customer-portal-for-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011-12884910826

I have found a video on setting up the Customer portal

The link below has some FAQ’s about setting up and getting starting with portals. It contains some of the common problems you might run up agaisn’t so if you are having trouble it would be worth visiting the site below

FAQ for Customer and Partner Portals

There is also a whole section in the CRM 2011 SDK

Portal Developer Guide for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

The document above is very useful, below are the sections it covers

Prepare for Portal Development
Prepare for portal development and read about best practices. 
ASP.NET Web Forms and Data Binding
Learn how to use the portal toolkit for data binding into Web forms.
Manage Portal Content
Learn about content management with the portal toolkit.
Portal Authentication
Learn about authentication with the portal toolkit.
Use the Web Site Copy Tool
Learn how to use the Web site copy tool.
Portal Walkthroughs
Step-by-step instructions on how to create a portal console application, plug-in and Web application.