Dynamics 365 Portals – Overcoming Entity List Roadblocks with HTML and Liquid

Summary Entity Lists are an easily configurable way to show list data on a Dynamics 365 Portal, but lack a couple of key features; Entity Lists do not have the ability to drill down to different records from the view. Cannot dynamically show/hide columns or highlight fields. Sorting requires fields to be displayed on Entity… Continue reading Dynamics 365 Portals – Overcoming Entity List Roadblocks with HTML and Liquid

How to Create Your First Dynamics 365 SSRS Report

Summary SQL Server Reporting Services reports are a viable way to generate information from your Dynamics 365 system. The Dynamics 365 Report Wizard has limitations in terms of the reports that can be created. Creating SSRS Reports does not necessarily require deep development skills. This post outlines the steps to create a simple SSRS report… Continue reading How to Create Your First Dynamics 365 SSRS Report

Set Up Your Workstation to Create SQL Server Reporting Services Reports for Dynamics 365 Revisited

Summary The process to set up a workstation to create SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports for Dynamics 365 involves a lot of steps and causes some confusion. The report authoring tool is Visual Studio, but a full licensed version of Visual Studio is not required. The Dynamics 365 Report Authoring Extensions has been recently… Continue reading Set Up Your Workstation to Create SQL Server Reporting Services Reports for Dynamics 365 Revisited

Using Azure DevTest Labs for Dynamics 365 Development

When developing plug-ins for Dynamics 365/CRM, working with an on-premise system provides for better tracing and debugging than developing against an online instance.  Also when there is a large team working on common project it makes life much easier when the developers are working on isolated environments. Onpremise to Online Migration (sidebar) When working on… Continue reading Using Azure DevTest Labs for Dynamics 365 Development

Quickly Create Dynamics 365 Portal Pages using Portal Management (Wizard)

A common design pattern for Dynamics 365 Portals is to display a list of Dynamics 365 records and provide a mechanism to drill down into the details of each of these records on a list. This structure is setup by creating web pages, entity list, entity form and then wiring it all together.  While not… Continue reading Quickly Create Dynamics 365 Portal Pages using Portal Management (Wizard)

Determining What Configuration/Development Options to use on Dynamics 365 Projects

Every so often I am asked a question or see on a forum post similiar to this; “What is the best practice, a workflow or a plugin?”  Or “Should I use JavaScript, or could I use Business Rules for this?” For someone just starting out, its hard to determine what option/feature/tool to use, let alone… Continue reading Determining What Configuration/Development Options to use on Dynamics 365 Projects