Small glimpse into the future of Dynamics CRM

There were interesting topics discussed at the Convergence 2013, which I followed as participant of the Convergence 2013 Virtual program.
As I have only seen photographs of slides posted on the net, I have take some shots out of the presentations which I will share with you (which I assume should be no issue).

Keep in mind that the pictures shows the current state of the product release currently called ‘Orion’, which is work in progress. So things are supposed to change until release.

Sharing a single ADFS server with multiple Dynamics CRM Deployments

At a customer we recently had the situation, that we have deployed two separate Dynamics CRM 2011 Deployments called A and B. Both of them are configured as Internet Facing Deployments (IFD).
For authentication we have installed a single ADFS server in the customer environment. This server is used by both deployments.

If we access CRM A and authenticate at ADFS everything is fine. The user is redirected to CRM A afterwards and is able to work. If CRM B is accessed afterwards an error is displayed:

An error occured:

Try this action again. If the problem continues, check the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Community for solutions or contact your organization’s Microsoft Dynamics CRM Administrator. Finally, you can contact Microsoft Support.

You know, the standard error bla bla…

The trace contains following error:

Exception type: CryptographicException
Exception message: Key not valid for use in specified state.

In order to access CRM B, the user has to logoff and logon again at CRM B.

What we have tried to solve this issue

Finally we opened a support case with the CRM support. After the ticket was escalated we got the information that this scenario is not possible at the moment. The reason is a design limitation of Dynamics CRM. At the moment it looks like this would result in a change in the next major version of Dynamics CRM.

You have two workarounds for this issue:

  • Logging off from one system before accessing the other
  • Use an InPrivate session for accessing the second system

Cannot enter backslash key in forms using german keyboard

Last time I tried to create a new systemuser, which is mananged in an other domain as the CRM system, I wasn’t able ton enter a backslash key in the domain name field.
After some investigation, it turned out that I was not able to enter \ in any field. I’ve reproduced this issue on multiple systems (On-Line and On-Premise) and multiple language packs.

With help of @nzregs I could verify that it is not a general problem. After comparing system parameters, I found out that I was able to enter a backslash with an different keyboard layout than ‘de-de’. Therefore I opened a ticket with the CRM support which is currently under investigation. It looks like it is a bug in the default form scripts.

If you have to enter a backslash in the meantime and you are experiencing the described problem, you could either copy/paste it from anywhere or you could enter ALT + 92.

Update

This issue was confirmed as a bug. The fix will be released with Rollup 7, which is currently scheduled for March 2012.

Help to build a new community for Microsoft Dynamics professionals

This proposal was not successful. I’ll keep this post online for historical reasons ;)

Perhaps you know already the great StackExchange trilogy, consisting of stackoverflow.com, serverfault.com and superuser.com. These are community-driven Q&A sites.

The community has the possibility to create new Q&A sites, based on the StackExchange ‘application’ through proposals on Area 51

What makes these Q&A sites way better than normal discussion boards is the ability to use them like a big wiki.
Useful content is pushed by votes of the community and is bubbling up, crap gets filtered out. Already posted information is editable for improving the overall quality.

The SharePoint community already got it’s site. sharepoint.stackexchange.com is in public beta since a few months and at the moment it looks like it could become a regular site.

You may think: why do we need yet another site, there are the MSDN forums, or x, y and z.
I could not answer this question better than this question explains it already meta.sharepoint.stackexchange.com/q/199.

At least in my opinion, the MSDN forums evolved to an award hunting area. Many ‘experts’ throw masses of answers on questions, without adding value to it (or even know the answer). Don’t get me wrong: this is not the majority, but it annoys me very much.  There is also no real way to promote valuable contributions, while devaluating the crap.

In addition the Creative Commons license guarantees that questions and answers are free to access, free to use and re-use (with attribution), and free to share… forever. So you will automatically create a knowledge base out of your contributions.

The more I use these sites, the more I miss a site which topic is the Microsoft Dynamics product range.

If you are a Microsoft Dynamics professional, I would kindly ask you to support the current proposal for a Microsoft Dynamics Q&A site

In order to support this proposal, the first step we have to achieve is to get it into the commitment stage. Therefore we need 60 followers and votes for sample questions (you can follow the proposal via the link above). If we reach this milestone, the proposal will proceed to the commitment step.

If you are interested please help to create a new opportunity for your community. You know a colleague, who’s interested? Great, tell him about the proposal. Spread the word!