Heartbleed OpenSSL bug – What you need to know

I thought I would give a plug for Troy Hunt’s blog post as he has taken some time to write it all up. If you want to read about the security ‘Heartbleed OpenSSL bug’ then take a look at the link below. Worth a read!

http://www.troyhunt.com/2014/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about.html 

I also did a blog post about creating OpenSSL certificates for development, but I emphased in that post the following statement:

you should purchase a secure SSL certificate for production environments

Memory

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Download Release Preview Guide Spring ‘14

Microsoft has posted the preview guide for the Spring ‘14 (April 2014) release for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

You can instantly download the release preview guide from here
Direct Microsoft link is here.

ReleasePreviewGuide

Key highlights of this document are:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Spring ‘14 release
  • Microsoft Dynamics Marketing
  • Microsoft Social Listening
  • Microsoft Paratune

There are 5 Key Investment Areas outlined in this document:

  1. Marketing
  2. Sales
  3. Customer Service
  4. Social
  5. Platform

I won’t go through and discuss all the areas as that is best left for the document. So download the Release Preview Guide and make sure you have a read through it. There is a lot of rich functionality coming to Microsoft Dynamics CRM – keep an eye out. This is going to be a busy year for Microsoft Dynamics CRM releases.

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 – Update Rollup 2 Download Available

March 24, 2014 1 comment

I did an earlier post where I mentioned the following regarding Update Rollup 2 for CRM 2013:

The RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 was not compatible or supported with Internet Explorer 11 or Windows 8.1. However, support for Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 will be delivered with Update Rollup 2 (UR2) – KB2919956.

Good news. CRM 2013 UR 2 is now available. Build number is 06.00.0002.0046. Download link below.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42272

For detailed information about the Update Rollup 2 release, see the link below.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crminthefield/archive/2014/03/21/podcast-and-overview-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2013-update-rollup-2.aspx

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Categories: Dynamics CRM 2013

Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Convergence Public Announcements of the Second Quarter New Functionality Releases of 2014

Microsoft has announced new functionality releases or updates that are coming to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 to it’s worldwide and yearly Convergence conference, this time held in Atlanta.

What are the new releases? What do the original codenames (Leo, Mira and Subra) map to? How excited am I!

Leo – this will be the new Customer Care functionality for CRM. It’s based on the unified service desk for call center users and other case management functionality, which Microsoft acquired when it purchased Paratune. More on the acquisition from Bob Stutz can be found here. I did a blog post as well, it can be found here. Microsoft press release can be found here.

Mira – this will be know as Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. It’s based on marketing-automation technology that Microsoft acquired when it purchased MarketingPilot. More on the acquisition from Bob Stutz can be found here.  Microsoft Dynamics Marketing will be an add-on service that can be used with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Subra – this will be known as Microsoft Social Listening. This will be based on social-analytics technology that Microsoft acquired when it purchased NetBreeze. More on the acquisition from Bob Stutz can be found here. Microsoft Social Listening will also be an add-on service that can be used with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Keep your eyes open for the next announcements from Microsoft.

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 – Enable Custom Entity for Business Process Flows

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 extended the feature set with Business Process Flows, to allow for the creation of Business Process Flows for any entity including custom entities.

BPF

Business Process Flows in CRM 2013 is a feature customers frequently ask about and on occasions is the one (but not limited to one) of the major benefits of moving to CRM 2013 in their mind.

This blog post will highlight how to enable your new or existing custom (custom means not supplied by CRM 2013 out-of-the-box) entities to be ready for use within the Business Process Flow.

 

Enable your custom entity for Business Process Flow

If you are creating a new custom entity, make sure the option of Business process flows (fields will be created) is checked or selected.

If the entity has already been created, you can simply open the existing custom entity and check or select the option Business process flows (fields will be created).

Save your change.

In my example shown below, I have created a new entity called Booking and enabled the feature.

EntityEnableForBusinessProcessFlow

So effectively the enabling process is now complete.

 

More Information

When you checked or selected the option, you will see some text at the end of the option which reads (fields will be created). What this means is that 2 new fields will be added to the entity field list to allow a Business Process Flow to be added.

Fields are:

  • Process Id
  • Stage Id

TwoNewFields

When you start creating a new Process (Settings > Processes) you can choose a Category of the Process. By default, no Category is selected, therefore showing you all entities available for Processes. This is shown below.

CustomEntityShowingOnCreateProcess

Once you select a Category of Business Process Flow, your custom entity will be available for selection. This is shown below.

CustomEntityNotShowing

So no real change from the previous list. But you may notice one entity in the list missing. Let’s talk about that next. If you spotted Booking2 missing from the list, you would be right.

My other entity called Booking2 is missing because it is not enabled for Business Process Flows. The screenshot below shows I have not selected the option Business process flows (fields will be created)

Booking2NotEnabled

That’s how easy it is to Enable your custom entity for Business Process Flow.

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Categories: Dynamics CRM 2013

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 – UR2 – Support for IE11 & Windows 8.1

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

The RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 was not compatible or supported with Internet Explorer 11 or Windows 8.1. However, support for Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 will be delivered with Update Rollup 2 (UR2) – KB2919956.

The pre-release page regarding Update Rollup 2 (UR2) is available at the URL below along with a list of hotfixes. This is the only info that is publically available. So stay tuned to this page for the final release.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919956/

 

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Categories: Dynamics CRM 2013

Microsoft – New CEO Satya Nadella

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment

As we all know, Steve Ballmer announced on August 23rd 2013 that he would retire as CEO from Microsoft once a successor was named. Now the new successor has been named, it is Satya Nadella.

 

Satya

 

As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.”

(2014, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html)

 

You can read more about the appointment of Satya via the official Microsoft press release here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/feb14/02-04newspr.aspx

 

Greg Olsen
YellowDuckGuy

Categories: Microsoft
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