Configuring Dynamics CRM IFD with Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS (ADFS 3.0)

Configuring Dynamics CRM IFD with Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS (ADFS 3.0) Hello Everyone! I was checking how Dynamics CRM IFD goes with new version of AD FS that comes along with Windows Server 2012 R2 (i.e. – ADFS 3.0) and internet search yielded hazy or misleading information. Somewhere it said WAP (Web Application…

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Dynamics CRM IFD on Windows server 2012 R2 ADFS – CRM Addin for Outlook

Dynamics CRM IFD on Windows server 2012 R2 ADFS (aka ADFS 3.0) – CRM Addin for Outlook Hearing questions on previous post I thought of checking CRM Outlook on the same VM. Luckily I didn’t nuke it right after the purpose so could get the CRM for Outlook Configuration Wizard spinning by starting Windows 7…

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Hybrid IT: SQL Always on Availability Group Replica Node in Azure IaaS

Hybrid IT: SQL Always on Availability Group Replica Node in Azure IaaS   Greetings! Lately, I came across to Azure IaaS offerings in a casual conversation with a cloud savvy acquaintance. Site-To-Site and Point-To-Site VPN offerings as part of IaaS triggered obvious thoughts of extending an on-premise environment for different purposes like DR (Disaster Recovery),…

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How to Create MS CRM organizations from file (list) using PowerShell

Create CRM organizations from file (list) using PowerShell Hello Everyone! Sometime back I came across need for provisioning a bunch of CRM organizations for users/participants in Test/Lab environment. I had the CRM 2013 deployment and the list of participants but wasn’t really interested in clicking through the new organization wizard for 45+ times. So thought…

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Dynamics CRM Claims and IFD Troubleshooting

Hello Everyone- Here is an interesting series of videos on one of the most interesting deployment topic of CRM 2011. I should say CRM 2011 onwards as we see CRM 2013 follows its predecessor when it comes to making your on-premise CRM available over internet. These videos would be helpful for anyone interested in gaining…

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Dynamics CRM Knowledge Base Articles search shows unexpected results for specific keywords

The Dynamics CRM Service module provides Articles entity that serves as very useful knowledge repository for users and empowers them to guide customers in most efficient manner. For background, here is the document which describes the Articles usage. Search functionality of this Articles feature relies on SQL Server Full-Text Search feature and leverages the contains()…

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Dynamics CRM Reports complaining Reporting extensions(SRS Data Connector) are not installed

Here I am talking about an interesting issue while running Dynamics CRM Reports. When I faced this for first time it felt rare corner scenario but recently I worked with a couple of more customers who ran into same issue. This type of strange issues can take good amount of time to investigate/troubleshoot so worth…

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Silent configuration of CRM for Outlook client in CRM 2011 claims enabled environment

Hi Folks, Today I’m going to talk about CRM Outlook Silent configuration. CRM 2011 Outlook client provides silent configuration option to help administrators to deal with situations where users are remote, travelling and/or non-savvy to run Configuration Wizard with correct inputs. Configuring CRM 2011 Outlook client using silent method in a claims enabled environment can…


Unexpected/Inaccurate federation metadata XML generated by CRM federation metadata URLs

Hi All, Today we’re are going to talk about the unexpected/Inaccurate federation metadata XML generated by CRM federation metadata URLs. I have seen many people getting into this. Let’s take a deep dive into usage of federation into CRM. We all know that CRM 2011 uses AD FS 2.0 to provide claims based authentication. For…


CRM 2011 Add-in causes Outlook to crash when used on Citrix XenDesktop environment

Today I am taking about a strange issue in a unique environment. Outlook crashes with CRM Add-in on Citrix XenDesktop. Crashes were random, affecting all users, experienced 8-10 times a day, while performing any core Outlook or CRM operation. Crashes were unpredictable as there were no pattern of repro steps which would lead to a…