Install Windows Updates on an Azure VM using Azure Automation

Scenario: “I want to use Azure Automation to install Windows Updates on my Azure VM.  All the examples I have come across were written with Azure Service Management (ASM) based PowerShell scripts.  Are there any examples of doing this with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VMs?” I looked around at other examples of how to do…

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Manual failover of Azure File storage

UPDATE (10/13/2016): Added video Customer scenario: “I have a deployment architecture in Azure which requires web servers (but can be anything) communicate with a remote file share.  I want to use Azure File storage.  I also need to maintain a geographically redundant environment in another Azure region.  I am required to demonstrate end to end…

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Using postman with Azure AD

Postman (https://www.getpostman.com/) is a popular tool for testing out a web api.  Figuring out how to use it with a resource protected by Azure AD is a bit daunting for many.  I created this walkthrough video to help you understand how to use the postman oauth 2 authorization helper with AAD. Here are the values…

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Using an ERD tool to create CRM entities

I get asked this now and then: “I want to use Erwin [or Visio or Visual Studio or…] to graphically design the CRM entity model, then have the actual CRM entities generated off of the tool I used to design the entities.” While I am not aware of a direct way to do this with…

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Batch updating fields with crmsvcutil generated code

Scenario: “I love early bound code because of compile time checking, LINQ query enablement, etc.  I want to batch update a bunch of records, but OrganizationServiceContext.SaveChanges() executes under the hood as one web service call per entity.  How do I batch update?  Also, how do I make sure that only the fields I change are…

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Using LINQPad with the CRM Online OData service

I’ve been a longtime fan of LINQPad (www.linqpad.net) as a general purpose tool for executing LINQ queries with various LINQ enabled technologies as well as a general purpose scratchpad for testing out .NET code without having to fire up Visual Studio.  I’ve already blogged about how to use LINQPad to work with the CRM Online…

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Setting up a Microsoft Cloud trial

CRM Online based solutions often run across the broader Microsoft Cloud, not just CRM Online alone.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So here’s a picture that hits home this point at a high level. To help people get started trying this environment out, I’ve created a video that walks you…

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Debug CRM Online Plugins

Debugging plugins in CRM Online just got a lot better with the latest version of the plugin registration tool that ships with CRM 2015.  In the video below, I walk you through how to debug CRM Online plugins using Visual Studio. @devkeydet

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Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference

February 2-4, 2015, Seattle WA Hear from Jujhar Singh, General Manager of Program Management for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, about why you should be a part of the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference. Equal parts education, networking, and fun, the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference brings together Microsoft Dynamics CRM professional and developer communities in a technical readiness…

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A government cloud for Dynamics CRM Online

I’m happy to share that Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, has just blogged some great news!  Check it out: http://bit.ly/1qVtfn5 @devkeydet

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