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Updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013

24 Oct 2014

For CRM 2011, see this article.

The following table details Update Rollups released for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. Note that some Update Rollups cannot be installed, so a backup before installation is advised.

For CRM 2013 on-premise, the third number in the build is the same as the Update Rollup number. A separate set of update rollups is released for CRM 2013 and CRM 2013 with SP1.

Sales Entity Relationships

24 Oct 2014

The diagram shows the relationships between the sales entities (opportunities, quotes, orders and invoices) in CRM.

Quick Find Optimizations

21 Oct 2014

Update Rollup 10 for CRM 2011 introduced changes to the way quick find behaves.

Quick Find Record limits

 A new option in System Settings, Enable Quick Find record limits prevents searches that return 10,000 or more records. Searches that exceed the limit receive a warning instead of the search results.

EnableQuickFindOptimization OrgDbOrgSetting

The way Quick Find works is changed in UR10. The new method can be disabled by setting the OrgDbOrgSetting, EnableQuickFindOptimization to 0.

Sending Direct E-mail to Contact requires permission on parent account

13 Oct 2014

Using Direct E-mail to send to a contact requires at least read access on the Parent Customer record.

Quite why this is needed is a mystery. Possibly a bug.

Lookup field issues with Chrome 38

11 Oct 2014

Chrome version 38 released on October 7 2014 causes errors with lookup fields on CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 forms as described in

The article advises using another browser until a solution is found.



Reporting Services - Courseware and Tools

29 Sep 2014

Reporting Services reports may be authored with:

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

17 Sep 2014

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 for on premise (version 7.0) and Online.

Press release is here:

The customer center get ready page is here:


Changes in Chrome and Firefox on Modal dialogs upsetting CRM

09 Sep 2014

A CRM blogger, Neil McDonald has identified issues upcoming deprecations for APIs in Chrome and Firefox that break CRM functionality. The changes are mainly to do with deprecation of windows.showModalDialog. A modal dialog is a dialog box that keeps the input focus until the box is closed. While the box is open the user cannot switch windows.

Refer to Neil's article for the details.

Link to finish provisioning of CRM Online instance

28 Aug 2014

If you sign up for a CRM Online instance and find that setup has not completed use this link,,will to take you directly to the finishing setup page. You will need to enter your user name and password for the instance.

Customer Lookup

13 Aug 2014

Records in CRM 2011 that have a Customer lookup, such as Opportunity, have the following relationships.