Using Azure Functions with Dynamics 365

If you read What’s new for developers in Dynamics 365 (online), version 9, you’ll come across a new WebHooks integration feature.  When you combine this feature with Azure Functions you get a pretty powerful combination.  Since I’m a big fan of watching videos vs reading docs, I decided to put together a quick walkthrough of…

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Getting started using TypeScript with Dynamics 365

Scenario: I’m familiar with TypeScript, but not quite sure how to apply my knowledge to start using it with Dynamics 365.  How do I get started? I’ve been asked this a few times.  I didn’t find anything out there (or my search skills are failing me) that was an end to end walkthrough.  I found…

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ANNOUNCING: Dynamics 365 DevOps on GitHub

I’ve recently switched back to focusing on Dynamics 365 after some time focusing on Azure again.  Back to the future.  My team and I have been working on an effort to move all of our Dynamics 365 (and in some cases Azure) based demos, Proof of Concepts (POCs), samples, etc. into Visual Studio Team Services…

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Contributing to Azure Quickstart Templates for Azure Government

The Azure Quickstart Templates are community contributed ARM templates to help people get started with and accelerate the deployment of common scenarios in Azure.  Unfortunately, many of the templates don’t work in Azure Government.  Since these templates are contributed by the community, the original contributors may not even know that they need to update their…

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Custom Autoscale for ARM Virtual Machines in Azure Government

Scenario: “I want to automatically scale Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Machines in Azure Government.  I do not want to use Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS).” The video below walks through the following code sample, which addresses the scenario above: https://github.com/devkeydet/AzureAutomationAutoScaleVirtualMachines My sample is an adaptation of the Custom Auto Scaling for Azure ARM Virtual…

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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

UPDATE (27JUN2017): I’ve been ping’d a few times about updating this post since it uses the old portal UI.  It seems many people land here through their favorite search engine.  John Gallant has an updated post here that should server the same purpose: http://blog.jongallant.com/2017/03/azure-active-directory-access-tokens-postman/ Postman (https://www.getpostman.com/) is a popular tool for testing out a web…

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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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