Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 13th October

I have been writing performance test scripts for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 over the last week.  I now realise the reason for the lack of blogs posts and information on performance testing with Dynamics CRM.  I am using Visual Studio 2013 ultimate Web Performance and load tests and its frustrating, slow, difficult.

The main difficulties arise from the number of guids used in CRM.  To move the scripts from one CRM organisation to another, all guids need to be parameterised.

The CRM WRPC token stops scripts rerunning.  I took the easy option and turned off the token, instead of parameterising the token.  Read more here – What is the WRPC Token?

Microsoft released the CRM Performance toolkit, backwards compatible with CRM 2013.  The performance toolkit tests the default entities in CRM.  The good news is its a free performance testing tool, the bad news is its complex, making it difficult to change it to test your custom entities

CRM-Performance-Toolkit for CRM 2013/CRM2015 is released

CRM professional for hire

Hosk CRM Blog reader and CRM Professional Zsolt Zömbik is available for work now.

Why you should Zsolt

  • He reads Hosk’s Dynamic CRM blog
  • His name score extremely highly in scrabble
  • He has beaten Chuck Norris in an arm wrestle
  • When he runs over puddles, it doesn’t even ripple
  • He aims to be the first Microsoft Dynamics CRM professional to do a CRM deployment on Mars!

 One final point, he is ace at CRM.

Quote(s) of the week

The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.” – Author Unknown
“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein

People are born; leaders are made.
General Stanley McChrystal

Hosk Wisdom

People are born, CRM developers are made through knowledge of the CRM SDK and CRM project experience – Hosk

Article the week

become a CRM master 

Great concise blog with good advice to improve your CRM developers skills

Best of the Rest

How to create realistic Test Data for your CRM Project and why you should

Creating realistic test data for you project is great.  Create once, use many times.

Bad data can cause bugs

Good data can find bugs

XRM Strikes Back

Good article from CRM MPV Jukka about XRM

CRM Dialog and Custom Workflow example

An example of with a Dialog working with a Custom Workflow

Real time workflow or plugins

Scott Durow explains how Real time workflows work, comparing them to plugin performance

CRM 2013 – Why wasn’t an updated Custom workflow used by CRM?

I deployed a Custom Workflow but CRM wasn’t using it, find out why

How to remove dependencies to CRM Developer Toolkit

How to extract your customizations from the steel ninja grip of the CRM developer toolkit

Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015? Here’s What You Should Consider

Things not to miss when deciding to upgrade to CRM 2015, things like, has your CRM become a beast!

Dynamics CRM How to access a QuickForm component via Jscript in Turbo Forms

I’m not sure why you would but here’s how

CRM 2013 – What is the WRPC Token and resolving INVALID_WRPC_TOKEN errors

WRPC token is generated every 24 hours to stop cross-site scripting, I bet you didn’t know that.

Using Actions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

I’m still not convinced by Actions in CRM. I keep reading articles thinking this time it will make sense

Read why Microsoft brought Adxstudio and why it’s good news

CRM 2013 – Understanding Solutions and how they work

Solutions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM give with one hand and bash you over the head with the other

Microsoft Social Engagement 2015 Update 1.2 is ready!

Social engagement continues to improve (which it needed to), check out the new functionality

Don’t just test the happy path

Developers should test the happy path, alternative path and the exception path otherwise you are giving bugs a place to hide

Case study featuring Unified Service Desk

The Unified Service Desk is awesome, why don’t more companies use it?

CRM-Performance-Toolkit for CRM 2013/CRM2015 is released

How to find Javascript files used in Microsoft Dynamics Forms

Find those pesky Javascript files

Get next case functionality for Dynamics CRM

Interesting read


how to be awesome part 1

Document integration – part 1: some ideas…

A Toolbox of Software Architecture Review Techniques. Part 1: The simplest thing you can do

What Led Amazon to its Own Microservices Architecture


morning pages – how to write them

Why you should write morning pages

How Con Artists Exploit Human Behaviour

16 Great Quotes For Software Testers

Shut Up, Sit Down, and Type

Previous top picks

Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 28th September

Useful Hosk Links

Hosk list Of CRM 2013 Tools

A list and review of CRM 2013 tools, this will probably work in CRM 2015 as well

Hosk’s CRM Developer Articles

A collection of my favourite CRM Developer articles I have written

MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification Information

All the CRM 2013 content to help you pass the exam

HoskWisdom – Hosk Developer Quotes

 Words of Wisdom from the Hosk.  I have written over 900 articles, surely I should have said a few memorable things

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