Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

xRM (www.xrm.com) hosts many versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet its customers’ various needs, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). We are excited to announce that we will soon be applying Update Rollup 3 to those instances.

Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) officially became available as of Quarter 2, 2015. It introduces fixes to 75 issues, according to the Microsoft knowledge base article (see link below). Additionally, the update contains no hotfixes or updates that must be configured manually.

If you have CRM Online, and have not opted in to upgrade to the 2015 version, you will effectively remain in the 2013 (SP1) version and should automatically get the equivalent code to Update Rollup 3 when Microsoft deploys it to the CRM Online servers. Note that CRM Online has its own code update stream with updates that are similar to, but not necessarily exactly matching the ones described in the knowledge base articles for on-premises and partner-hosted servers. Microsoft typically does not announce its CRM Online updates unless there’s a major version change, such as 2015.

Links:

Knowledge base article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3016464

Downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46707

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Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

xRM (www.xrm.com) hosts many versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet its customers’ various needs, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). We will soon be applying Update Rollup 2 to those instances.

Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was originally announced in a pre-release article in November, 2014. It’s finally available in February 2015, and it was worth the wait. It fixes many issues; the Microsoft knowledge base article lists 153 (see link below).

If you have CRM Online, and have not opted in to upgrade to the 2015 version, you will effectively remain in the 2013 (SP1) version and should automatically get the equivalent code to Update Rollup 2 when Microsoft deploys it to the CRM Online servers. Note that CRM Online has its own code update stream with updates that are similar to, but not necessarily exactly matching the ones described in the knowledge base articles for on-premises and partner-hosted servers. Microsoft typically does not announce its CRM Online updates unless there’s a major version change, such as 2015.

Links

If you like CRM tips, tricks, and tutorials, please check out our xRM blog and our Success Portal. If you would like to receive training from our team of experts, please inquire about our QuickStart Training.

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The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Set Up

In the previous two posts of the Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide, we discussed what Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook is and how to install it. In the third part of this guide, we discuss how to set up the add-in so that it connects to your Microsoft Dynamics CRM organization, allowing you to track emails and synchronize contacts, appointments, and emails between your Outlook client and your CRM database.

Configuring Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook

1. Close Outlook.

2. Click on Start > All Programs > Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 > Configuration Wizard.

If you see the following error, make sure that your Outlook is closed, and then click Retry.

The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Set Up

3. The Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM Organizations screen opens. Click Add.

The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Set Up

4. The Configure Organization window opens.

The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Set Up

5. Enter your CRM Server URL. Select CRM Online if you are a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online subscriber. Otherwise, enter your Server URL, which should begin with “https://”. If you are an xRM Hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM subscriber, your URL will look like “https://samplecompany.xrmlive.com”. Contact your CRM provider if you do not know the URL of your CRM organization.

6. Click Test Connection to make sure that you can connect to your CRM organization. Once the Configuration Wizard successfully connects to your CRM organization, it will ask you to enter your username and password. If you are a CRM Online subscriber, your username will look like “user@yourcompany.onmicrosoft.com”.

The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Set Up

7. Your user name will appear in the Authenticate as: field. You can change your username and password by clicking Change.

8. Enter a Display Name, such as “Your Company’s CRM.”

9. Click the check box next to Synchronize with this Organization. Checking this box will allow you to synchronize contacts, phone calls, appointments, and other activities between your CRM database and Outlook. While you can add multiple CRM organizations, you can only synchronize with one at a time using CRM for Outlook.

10. Click OK. Your CRM database will now synchronize with your Outlook.

Congratulations! You have now set up Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook. In the next installment of the Ultimate CRM for Outlook series, we will discuss how synchronization works and how you can create and modify filters that specify which data are synchronized to your Outlook folders.

The “Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide” series

Part I – Introduction to the Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide

Part II – Installing the CRM for Outlook Add-in

Part III – Setting up the CRM for Outlook Add-in

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The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Installation

Welcome to the second post in the “Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide” series. In this post, we explain how to install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office plugin.

As we explained in the Introduction to the Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office Outlook is a free software add-in that allows CRM users to access records in the CRM database directly from their Outlook client. It also allows users to track email threads and synchronize contacts, appointments, and emails between Outlook and the CRM database.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2103 for Outlook Installation Steps

1. Download Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Outlook .

The CRM for Outlook add-in is available to download from the Microsoft Download Center. Click the following link to download the add-in: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40344. If you are running 32-bit Microsoft Office Outlook, make sure that you download the CRM2013-Client_ENU-i386.exe. If you have are running 64-bit Outlook, make sure that you download CRM2013-Client-ENU-amd64.exe instead.

Next, choose which version of the add-inyou wish to install.

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To check which version of Outlook you are running, complete the following steps:

For Outlook 2013, open Outlook, click File > Account, and then click the About Outlook button.

Once the About Microsoft Outlook window opens, you can view the version that you are running at the top of the window.

For Outlook 2010, open Outlook, and Click File > Help. The version and platform are listed like this: Version 14.0.0000.0000 (32-bit).

2. Extract the file.

Right click on the file that you downloaded and select Run as Administrator. You must have Administrator privileges on your computer in order to complete the installation. You will be asked to select a folder to store the extracted files. We suggest clicking Make a New Folder and naming your new folder something catchy like “CRM for Outlook,” so that you can easily find it. Once you select a folder, the files will begin to extract.

3. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook Setup will launch.

4. Check the box to accept the license agreement, and click Next.

5. Click Options if you wish to enable Offline Capability or change the installation location.

Offline capability allows users to access versions of your CRM records that are saved locally. If offline Capability is enabled, any changes made while offline will later sync to the CRM server. Users can add offline capability later by clicking Go Offline in Outlook.

6. Click Install Now to begin installation.

7. Wait for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook Setup to install all components.

8. Once the installation process has completed, the installer will show the screen below indicating that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook has been successfully installed.

9. Click Close.

10. Restart Outlook.

Assuming the installation proceeded correctly, you should now be ready to configure Outlook to connect with your CRM organization.

Common Installation Problems

Here are a few common installation problems and solutions:

1. Your computer does not meet the minimum hardware or software requirements.

Read more about the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook hardware requirements and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook software requirements. You must have Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista SP2. You also have to be running Microsoft Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, or Outlook 2007. The plugin will not work with Windows XP or with Outlook 2003.

2. You are attempting to install the add-in on a Mac running any version of OS X.

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook add-in only works with Office for Windows PCs. It does not work with Office for Mac versions of Outlook.

3. Setup fails because the incorrect platform was chosen.

If you attempt to install the version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Outlook for the wrong platform (32-bit instead of 64-bit or vice-versa), an error will arise telling you that the installation has failed. Click Close, and download the file that corresponds to the correct file (32-bit or 64-bit) for the version of Outlook you are using instead.

4. Outlook is running when you attempt to install the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook plugin.

Close Outlook and try again.

The “Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide” series

Part I – Introduction to the Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide

Part II – Installing the CRM for Outlook Add-in

 

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The Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide – Introduction

Welcome to the first post from the “Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide” series. In this post, we explain what Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office  is and discuss the benefits of using the add-in with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online or Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

What is Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office Outlook?

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office Outlook (CRM for Outlook) is an add-in that allows CRM 2013 and CRM Online users to access records in their CRM database directly from Outlook. The add-in is a free software component that adds functionality to Microsoft Office Outlook, and it must be installed locally on each computer.

The CRM for Outlook add-in is a true differentiator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. While many other CRM applications provide some level of email tracking through Outlook, CRM for Outlook provides a high level of integration between your CRM Online or CRM 2013 database and Outlook. If you currently use Outlook for email, calendar, and contact management, and are looking for a CRM solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM should be on your shortlist of potential CRM systems.

Key Benefits of CRM for Outlook

CRM for Outlook provides a number of benefits for Microsoft Dynamics CRM users:

  1. It allows users to access CRM records directly in Outlook without having to open up their web browsers and log into the CRM organization.
  2. It makes it very easy to track incoming and outgoing emails from your Outlook inbox.
  3. It allows users to create new CRM records, including Tasks, Faxes, Appointments, Service Activities, and Campaign Responses directly from the CRM tab in Outlook.
  4. It allows users to track Outlook appointments in CRM.
  5. It provides a shortcut for converting emails into Opportunity, Case, or Lead records.
  6. It can improve user adoption because the plugin allows users to a familiar user interface for Outlook users.
  7. It can provide offline access to records in the CRM database.
  8. It provides the ability to refresh data in Microsoft Office Excel directly from CRM.

Cost of the CRM for Outlook Plugin

The CRM for Outlook add-in is free for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online subscribers and CRM 2013 license holders.

Compatibility

The CRM for Outlook add-in is compatible with Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2013 on computers running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

It is not compatible with Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac OS X.

Downloading Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Outlook

CRM for Outlook is available to download from the Microsoft Download Center. Click the following link to

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40344

The “Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide” series

Part I – Introduction to the Ultimate CRM for Outlook Guide
Part II – Installing the CRM for Outlook Add-In

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Increasing Sales and Productivity Course Now Available

As part of our ongoing quest to make the Success Portal a more useful tool for helping companies derive value out of their Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, we have begun introducing courses as part of the content. One of the first of these courses, “Increasing Sales and Productivity” is designed to help system administrators boost the sales productivity of their users through the use of the standard sales tools in Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

The Increasing Sales and Productivity course includes seven videos devoted to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Success Portal users can access this and other courses at http://success.xrm.com/User/Account/Courses.

Success Portal accounts are free for companies that name xRM as their Partner of Record with Microsoft.

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Increasing Sales and Productivity Course Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2013

 

 

 

 

Increasing Sales and Productivity

Creating Productive Personalized Dashboards

In this lesson, you will learn how create Dashboards than can drive sales productivity. Dashboards are tremendously effective tools for driving productivity in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Dynamics CRM Online. In this video, learn first how to create the personalized components that go into building a custom Dashboard. Then learn how to build and format the Dashboard itself.

Productive Dashboards and How to Use Them

In this lesson, we explain the basics of the Dashboard feature in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and CRM Online. We cover what a dashboard is, outline some of the commands Users can take with regards to dashboards, and how they can be best utilized to drive productivity.

How to Create Productive Sales Goals

In this lesson, you will learn how create productive sales Goals in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Goals can be highly effective tools for motivating your staff to meet productivity targets. Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides goal management features that help you set business goals in sales, marketing, and service and measure users’ progress towards those goals.

Productive Business Process Flows

In this lesson, we show how you can utilize Business Process Flows to increase efficiency and productivity. Process Flows can increase sales productivity in two important ways: by communicating to the end user the important steps and stages in the sale, service, or custom process that is unique to an organization and by potentially enforcing a standardized system, which so many organizations lack. Business Process Flows also help track critical data elements that must be captured during the process itself, and in conjunction with the appropriate entity, such as the Lead, the Case, or whichever entity or entities support the process.

Productive Sales Goals

In this lesson, we illustrate how to create sales Goals in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Dynamics CRM Online that can help your company reach its sales and revenue objectives. In Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Goals allow the user or manager to set metrics for users or teams, and then the data, as it natively populates in CRM, will then “roll up” to show progress around those goals. Once goals are set, the users imply use the system as it is designed, and then the progress toward those goals is nicely revealed.

Productive Workflows

In this lesson, you will learn how to create Workflows that can drive productivity in your organization. A Workflow is a type of “Process” in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Dynamics CRM Online, which can automate action, based mainly on changing data. This changing data is generally considered to be the “trigger” that causes the workflow to operate. The automated process that results from the trigger can include the creation of other records, such as tasks, the sending of an email, or updating of existing data. Workflows are productive because they can save time by leaving it up to the system to act upon changing data and perform actions that humans would otherwise need do.

System Dashboards

In this lesson, we identify the difference between Personal Dashboards and System Dashboards and explain how to create a System Dashboard in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. System Dashboards, which are viewable by everyone with the requisite privileges in the organization, can be tremendous tools for boosting productivity and user adoption.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Update Rollup 2 Now Available

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Update Rollup 2 (UR2) is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. UR2 includes four major compatibility updates as well as a myriad of hotfixes.

Important updates include:

  • Support for Windows 8.1 for the web application and CRM for Tablets
  • Support for Internet Explorer 11 for the web application and CRM for Tablets
  • Support for Safari using the web application and CRM for Tablets using the tablet app for iPad Air
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Server

UR2 also includes hotfixes for several dozen issues that have cropped up since CRM 2013 was introduced.

Issues addressed include:

  • When using the Upgrade Wizard, an error message appears with a red flag in the System Checks window: “The product key is not compatible with the installed version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.”
  • The CRM for Outlook client is unresponsive during startup.
  • The telephone field is not populated correctly when a telephone call activity is created from an existing lead or contact.
  • Some records are duplicated if the user clicks the Save or Mark Complete buttons more than once.
  • The field alignment settings are not respected on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 forms.

You can read more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 UR2 here.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Tablets

Whether you are waiting for a cup of coffee in a café or sitting on a plane 10,000 feet above the ground, the new mobile functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 keeps you connected to your business on the go.  This exciting application enables you to stay on top of your game with a customizable Sales Dashboard where your priorities are clearly displayed and every topic is easily navigable.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Tablets

CRM for tablets is extremely touch friendly; you can organize daily activities and manage sales contacts with a few touches and swipes.  Whether it’s a 9.7’’ IPad or a 10.8’’ Surface, everything is resized nicely to fit on your screen.

Capabilities

On your customized Sales Dashboard, the ultimate platform to manage your business activities, you can create new tasks, update contacts, view accounts, access leads, visualize opportunities, and make calls via Skype
by simply clicking on the contacts phone number. The CRM app allows you to pin your go-to items onto the Sales Dashboard, tailoring the homepage to your everyday business needs.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Tablets

It’s also impressively easy to create new records.  From the Sales Dashboard you can pull up the Command Bar with a simple upward swipe on your Windows tablet (or a right click on an iPad), and quickly fill out the forms for accounts, contacts, leads, opportunities, or competitors.  Creating new records can be done easily while you’re on the go.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Tablets

Limitations

As with most products that get transferred into app form, Dynamics CRM for tablets is not as robust as its PC counterpart.  Mapping workflows and many app customizations cannot be completed on a tablet. Although these limitations do exist, the app was designed to give you access to what you will need when you’re on the go, such as account and contact info.

You can find the app in the Windows Store for Windows products, iTunes for Apple products, and the Google Play Store for Android products.  The app is called Microsoft Dynamics CRM and is free to download.  CRM is accessible both on Windows Surface RT and Pro, Android, as well as 3rd and 4th Gen iPads.  To get set up on your tablet now check out CRM for Tablets: Set up and use. For more information regarding CRM 2013 for tablets, head over to CRM for tablets: Information for end users.

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xRM Constant Contact Integration Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and CRM Online

xRM has released a new version of its Constant Contact Integration tool that is compatible with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and CRM Online.

xRM Constant Contact Integration makes it easy to manage contacts between your Constant Contact and Microsoft Dynamics CRM databases. The tool provides three core features that any company using Constant Contact for email marketing and Microsoft Dynamics for its CRM will appreciate. First, it provides one-way synchronization of your Dynamics CRM Marketing Lists to your Constant Contact account, allowing you to make use of your current CRM database without risking overwriting your data in CRM. Second, it allows you to import the results of your Constant Contact Email campaigns to CRM. Third, it imports unsubscribes to CRM.

xRM Constant Contact Integration Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and CRM Online

The tool is compatible with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Internet-facing deployments (IFD) and partner-hosted deployments (ADFS) of CRM 2013, and CRM 2011.

For more information, visit www.xrm.com.

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