CRM Manipulation Library – Custom Workflow Activities for CRM 2016


Recently we used the CRM Manipulation Library for some Days related calculation.

To use it in CRM 2016, we updated the references to use latest SDK assemblies. You could download it form here.

While working with it we found a strange issue,

If we are using Add Days and we do not specify any value to Days to Add it will not perform any calculation. The workaround suggested was to add 1 Week and remove 7 days, something of that sort. Basically, we wanted to add 2 minutes here.

Thanks to this post for that

Hope it helps..

How to – Delete Components from Managed Solution in Dynamics CRM 2016 without using Holding Solution.

Before the updates that we have received for solution in CRM 2016 the only way to delete components from managed solution was to use Holding Solution.

The following post nicely explains this.

Now let us see how we can do this in CRM 2016 without using Holding Solution.

Suppose below is our managed solution that includes 2 Action, 2 Entity, 2 SLA, 2 Workflow.

Entity 2 with two forms.

Entity 2 with 2 Views.

Entity 2 with two Fields.

Now import this solution as managed in destination org.

Now suppose we do not want following components in our Destination org – action 2, dashboard 2, Report 2, Security Role 2, Workflow 2 etc. along with View 2, Field 2 and Form 2 for Entity 2.

We remove some of the components and delete (field, form etc.) from our unmanaged solution (named Core Solution) which we had imported as Managed in our Destination Org.

Deleted View 2

Deleted Field 2

Now click on “Clone to Solution“. (This will increment the version number.)

Now import this updated solution to our destination organization, and select “Stage for Upgrade

Click on “Apply Solution Upgrade

This will remove the components from our destination org.

The helpful post

Hope it helps..

Nice Videos on understanding “Package Deployer Tool” and “Configuration Migration Tool” in CRM.

While going through various videos on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, found these 2 nice videos on Package Deployer Tool and Configuration Tool.

Do check it out

Hope it helps..

“​SharePoint Attachment Extractor & Metadata Manager” tool for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Two of the most common requirements of the users while using OOB CRM and SharePoint integration have been

  • To associate some sort of metadata with the  document being uploaded from CRM
  • Moving attachments from notes of a particular record to the corresponding folder in SharePoint.

Finally we have a tool than enhances the Out the box integration between CRM and SharePoint and provides these features (in a fully supported manner)

Get all the details here :

The tool has been developed by one of my closest friends and now also a MVP for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Debajit Dutta.

New Features CRM 2016 Update 1 – Customer attribute


With CRM 2016 Update 1 now we have got this option of creating custom attribute of data type Customer for any entity à system as well as custom.

This in turn will create 2 new relationships with account and contact entity.

Hope it helps.