At the World Wide Partner Conference in Orlando, Microsoft announced certified hosting of Microsoft Dynamics CRM within Microsoft Azure. This is a great step forward.
What this means in summary? This means that customers or businesses will be able to run Microsoft Dynamics CRM on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS) with Azure Premium Storage for production environments. In the past, Microsoft Dynamics CRM has not been supported or certified to be run in Microsoft Azure.
So you can now take advantage of installing Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premises installation software in Microsoft Azure and be certified – for production as well!
Another great benefit Microsoft is offering is the ability for current on-premises CAL license holders the ability to use those licenses to run their CRM instances on Azure. This is a great advantage for customers who want to move to cloud computing but are unable to deploy a complete SaaS based solution like CRM Online. Along with this benefit, customers or businesses may also use their MSDN credits for running test environments.
You can read the Microsoft release from Bob Stuz here:
If you are currently using or have access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update 1 then you have the ability to get access to the latest “preview features” delivered by Microsoft.
What is included in the Preview Features?
- Support for inline frames and web resources with Tablets
- Web API
- App for Outlook
- Office 365 Groups
How do I get access to the Preview Features?
Except for Office 365 Groups and inline frames and web resources with Tablets, you can access the rest of the features by enabling them within your CRM Online instance. This instance must be on the version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update 1.
To Enable: Go to Settings > Administration > System Settings then click the Previews tab (as shown below).
What is the future of Web API?
Over time the Web API will replace the current CRM Organisation Service (CRM 2011 SOAP endpoint) and the Organization Data Service (ODATA) endpoints. In order for backwards compatibility, Microsoft will keep these available for some years to come so your existing integration can still operate, but it is best start thinking and working with the new Web API.
Also, the good thing about the new Web API is there will only be 1 endpoint for interacting with CRM, not 2 as we currently have. This will also mean the CRM for Outlook add-on will eventually need to use the Web API in order to talk to CRM.
How do I find out more about these preview features?
I will add some links below about each Preview feature so you can read more about them individually rather than me detailing it here on this blog post. My favourite (if you haven’t guessed already) is the Web API feature.
I have made another move in the CRM NZ space. I have moved from Magnetism (after 2 years and 8 months) to Sable37.
From 1st July 2015, I join the Sable37 team as a Solution Architect, still working with Dynamics CRM.
New role comes with new prospects, customers and projects – which will all be very exciting going forward.
I will be still actively working in the CRM space with my new role. I will still be involved with the Partner Seller (P-SSP) role with Microsoft, MVP contributions and also giving back to the community under the leadership of the NZ Dynamics CRM User Group.
There are naming convention changes happening now with the latest releases and updates to Microsoft Dynamics CRM for both Online and On-Premises. What does this all mean you might ask? Well if you are use to hearing lines like Update Rollups, Service Packs, Spring Release, Fall Release – then keep reading.
The Microsoft Dynamics Community and Customers have requested a description of what do all these terms mean (i.e. Update Rollups, Service Packs) and how do they differentiate between Online and On-Premise and the relating version numbers.
As of today, Microsoft has release an official blog post outlining the naming conventions for Dynamics CRM to clarify it all for you. If you are a Partner with Microsoft, I suggest you share this information with your customers so they are also clear about what version they have and the naming that relates to it.
Below is a snippet from the blog post. I suggest you head to the link below to read the details about the new naming conventions.
This blog post will give you a step-by-step look into the installation of Windows 10. This installation I have used the Windows 10 Technical Preview release. At the time of this blog post, v10049 is the latest build version available.
Step 1 – Select Language and other preferences.
Step 2 – Accept license terms
Step 3 – Select installation type
From the screen above, I selected Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.
Step 4 – Select where to install Windows
Step 5 – Windows now starts installation
Step 6 – Customise settings
From the screenshot above, I simply selected Use express settings
Step 7 – Windows checks connections and other settings
Step 8 – Setup the first logon account
Step 9 – Setup the first logon account
From the screenshot above I decided I didn’t want to use my Microsoft Account (formally known as a Windows Live account) . Therefore I clicked Sign up (don’t worry about signing up, I have a process to pass the sign up stage on the next screen).
Step 10 – Create a Microsoft account
From the screenshot above, I didn’t create a new account, therefore you can click the text at the bottom Connect my account later.
Step 11 – Create an account for this PC
Since I didn’t use a Microsoft Account, I will need to create a local account on the Windows 10 installation. I filled in the required details on the screenshot above and clicked Next.
Step 11 – Windows is completing the install ..
From the screenshot above, windows installation is underway.
Step 12 – Windows install is completed!
Finished! – That was easy right?
More about Windows 10 can be found here:
Today (March 31st for NZ, 30th for USA), Microsoft has announced that Office 365 and Dynamics CRM are available from the Microsoft Australian data centers.
I recently created a blog post outlining the up and coming data center for Australia and the questions you might have. You can read this blog post at the link below.
Overall this is great news for New Zealand and Australian customers. This will provide businesses faster performance (through the drop in latency), geo-redundant backup and reduce concerns some may have around data sovereignty.