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Integrate Bing Maps with Microsoft Dynamics CRM for an Enhanced Sales Experience

One of the huge benefits of mobile customer relationship management (CRM) software is to help your sales people on the road with valuable customer information.

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Failed to start service SPSearchServiceInstance on this server after completing upgrade.

Came across an interesting one yesterday. We had a client getting ready to upgrade from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. The only problem with doing the straight database detach and attach upgrade was that WSS 3.0 was still on SP1.

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HRM Self-Service Workflows Not Submitting

Recently, I’ve had some issues with Microsoft Dynamics GP – HRM (Human Resource Management) workflows. Specifically, whenever users submit timecards, they say they’re submitted, but they don’t flow through to the user’s manager. And it’s not just one user, it’s everyone in the system. What’s happening?

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Breaking down the structure of the QueryExpression Class

So you are new to CRM development and you are just beginning to use Query Expressions. When we learn something new it is a common tendency to relate to something we know. While this can sometimes create inadvertent, mental roadblocks, it is nonetheless a common tendency. As I was learning how to use the QueryExpression class, I found that what got it to finally “gel” for me was equating the components to a standard SQL query.

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“Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint” while upgrading to GP 2010

Ran into something with an upgrade recently. We had gotten all of the company databases upgraded except for one. It was throwing an error message while upgrading some Payroll temporary tables. After doing a bit of research, I stumbled across a KB article from Microsoft highlighting the issue that I was running into. Luckily, this was an easy fix and could be done right from the point of the error, rather than having to restore the backup of the database back into the system. Here’s the general idea of what to do. Make sure that you have a backup of the database before doing these steps!

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SQL 2012 and Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft has announced compatibility information for SQL Server 2012 for Microsoft Dynamics GP. With SQL Server 2012 general availability coming in early April, this is great news! GP will be supported for version 2010 only; GP 10 and all GP 10 web applications will not be supported with Microsoft SQL Server 2012. For Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, you need to be on the latest hotfix, which is 11.00.1914.

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Server Installation Progress (Not Responding)

If you’ve ever updated Microsoft Dynamics GP, whether it be an upgrade from v9.0 to v2010 or from SP1 to SP2, you’ve no doubt encountered the frozen screen with (Not Responding) added to all the windows. Traditionally, this means that the window has stopped responding and will probably not come back. What is our first instinct in this situation? Close it down and try it again.

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GP2013 – Over 100 new features!

At the recently concluded Microsoft Convergence conference in Houston there was lots of buzz around the next release of Dynamics GP, GP2013, scheduled for December 2012.

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Schedule Workflow in CRM 2011

If there is one missing feature of Dynamics CRM 2011 that keeps coming to my attention it is the inability to schedule a Workflow to run at a given date and time. There are a few ways to work around this missing functionality but none of them are ideal and even potentially could cause the workflow to not run.

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Can We Really Make a Difference?

Sitting in our quarterly GP User Group meeting, I look around and see faces I have known for 20 years or more and some only 2 years. Their faces are blank, yet they are focused on the topic and concentrating. The room is silent except for the consultant speaking at the podium. More features, and great functionality buried below the surface. The presenter’s voice trails off in the distance as I drift just a little, wondering if what we show today will really help them. Can they benefit?

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