XrmToolBox – A Must have tool for CRM/XRM Developers

If you are a seasoned CRM/XRM developer, you must have heard about XrmToolbox. If you have, you can simply ignore this post. BUT if you have not then you MUST read on.

This post is about XrmToolbox (http://www.xrmtoolbox.com/) and its plugins which can improve your efficiency and accelerate overall development speed. I intend to list all the default plugins and provide more details on plugins as and when time permits. So here is a list of plugins which gets installed by default.

 

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Deploy and Publish Website to Windows Azure Visual Studio 2010

This article explains steps to deploy and publish Website (asp.net) to Windows Azure cloud. We will need Visual Studio 2010 and make sure you have following tools installed for Windows Azure.

  • Windows Azure Authoring Tools (x64/x86)
  • Windows Azure Emulator (x64/x86)
  • Windows Azure Libs for Net (x64/x86)
  • Windows Azure Tools

You can find them from this link- http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=35448

Once you are ready with above mentioned tools installed, go to your Visual Studio 2010 project, build it and make sure you don’t have any errors and warnings.

Steps:

1. Add Windows Azure Cloud Service Project to your solution. Visual Studio will add Solution and required Role to deploy the site.

Windows Azure Cloud Service Project

Windows Azure Cloud Service Project

2. Publish the project, Visual Studio will ask to import a .PublishSettings file from Windows Azure. Which is an xml file having configuration parameters in it. If you do not have it already downloaded from your Windows Azure, Click on Sign in to Download Credentials. Once signed in successfully, browser will ask to save a . PublishSettings file.

Windows Azure Publish Sign In

Windows Azure Publish Sign In

3. Windows Azure publishing Settings will let you select available Cloud Service and other settings. If you do not have already created Cloud Service, you can select to create one right from here.

Windows Azure Publishing Settings

Windows Azure Publishing Settings

4. Next screen will summarize all your settings and Click on Publish will deploy your site to Windows Azure Cloud Service.

Windows Azure Publish Summary

Windows Azure Publish Summary

If everything goes well, your site will be deployed to Windows Azure Cloud Service. It would take around 10-15 minutes to deploy it to Windows Azure…!

Releasing CrmXpress Advanced CRM Helper Tool

Microsoft Dynamics CRM lets you create trace files that monitor the actions performed by various Microsoft Dynamics CRM components. For example, CRM Async service can create its own trace file, which enables you to troubleshoot error messages or other issues with CRM Async service. Apart from that, these Trace files can be an excellent resource for an experienced CRM Developer to understand what exactly is going on behind the scenes.

 

 

CrmXpress Advanced CRM Helper helps you enable/disable tracing for your Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 deployment with few clicks. Giving options to manage trace files from within the single window. It also gives you the option to manage OLEDB timeout, Extended timeout and Sandbox debugging. It gives the option to enable/disable DevErrors in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. A handy tool that every CRM developer requires while developing and debugging.

You can download the tool from this link: CrmXpress Advanced CRM Helper

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Releasing CrmXpress TraceHelper v1.0

Microsoft Dynamics CRM lets you create trace files that monitor the actions performed by various Microsoft Dynamics CRM components. For example, CRM Async service can create its own trace file, which enables you to troubleshoot error messages or other issues with CRM Async service. Apart from that, these Trace files can be an excellent resource for an experienced CRM Developer to understand what exactly is going on behing the scenes.

CrmXpress TraceHelper helps you to enable/disable tracing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM with few clicks. It also gives you the option to manage the trace files from withing a single window.

You can download it from here: http://www.crmxpress.net/tools/CrmXpress.Win.TraceHelper.zip

Remember: Once the settings are applied, IIS must be restarted to take the effect.