Microsoft CRM 3.0 setup error and TCP/IP ephemeral ports

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go… Although most installations of CRM 3.0 succeed with the minimum of fuss, some do go a bit awry. Fabio, one of my colleagues in Brazil, came across the following installation error message: “Action Microsoft.Crm.Setup.Server.ProvisionBusinessAction failed.Exception from HRESULT: 0x80044151“ In addition, Mike, one of our UK CRM partners, also…

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Microsoft CRM 3.0 custom entities vs. customising system entities

So Here It Is, Merry Christmas… One of my team’s CRM requirements is to track both customers and partners, which begs the question do I make use of the “Account” entity for both or do I create a custom entity for one (or both)? I decided to customise the “Account” entity rather than create new…

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Microsoft CRM 3.0 on-premise and hosted offerings

Help… So, I guess many of you have heard about the problems affecting Salesforce.com last week. If not, take a look at Ben’s blog which has links to various news article from around the web – http://blogs.msdn.com/midatlanticcrm/archive/2005/12/22/506872.aspx However, rather than using this an opportunity to take a cheap shot against another CRM vendor, I started…

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Microsoft CRM 3.0 demo Virtual PC image available for download

Wired For Sound… We have just made a Virtual PC image available for download which contains a self-contained Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 environment for you to use for development, testing and demos. It includes: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 + Active Directory + Windows SharePoint Services Microsoft SQL Server 2005 + SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services…

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Impersonation, Delegation and Kerberos for Microsoft CRM 3.0

Who Are You…. I was taking my weekly look at Microsoft Downloads for any new CRM-related stuff, and found that we have just posted a brand new article on how to set up delegation in a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 environment when CRM, SQL & Reporting Services are installed on various combinations of servers. If…

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Getting ready for Hosted Microsoft CRM 3.0

Take Me Home, Country Road… From January 2006, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 will be available through the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), which enables service providers and ISVs with a hosted offering to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis to provide services and hosted applications to their end customers. Because CRM relies on Active Directory, Windows Server,…

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Installing Microsoft CRM 3.0 at Microsoft (Part III)

Wuthering Heights… Although I used an unattended setup file, I still chose to step through each of the setup screens and run the Environment Diagnostics Wizard (EDW). Everything checked out OK so I proceeded. Everything seemed to be going well, until I hit the following error: “Action Microsoft.Crm.Setup.Server.CreateSetupUserAction failed. Exception from HRESULT: 0x80048306.” It took…

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Microsoft CRM 1.x Support Lifecycle

Don’t Stop Me Now… Now that we have launched Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, many customers and partners have been asking when support for CRM 1.0 and CRM 1.2 will end. Here are the links to our support lifecycle information for CRM: Microsoft CRM 1.0 Support Lifecycle Microsoft CRM 1.2 Support Lifecycle This posting is provided…

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Installing Microsoft CRM 3.0 at Microsoft (Part II)

Babooshka… Now that I have my 4 servers, fully patched and added to the Microsoft corporate domain, the next task was to install the various application components. First off, I installed SQL Server 2005 on SQL01. Unlike SQL Server 2000, not only do I get the option of installing “SQL Server” and “SQL Server Agent”…

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Installing Microsoft CRM 3.0 at Microsoft (Part I)

Hounds of Love… In order to understand what it is really like for our customers and partners to install, customise and use MSCRM 3.0, we decided to “Eat Our Own Dog Food” (such a pleasant turn of phrase don’t you think) and use the product within the UK CRM team. So with my merry band…

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