July 2011

CRM 2011 Email Router Problems–She’s a Fickle Bitch

CRM 2011 Email Router Problems–She’s a Fickle Bitch Since we published an extensive set of step by step instructions on how to setup CRM 2011 as an Internet Facing Deployment IFD. We have continued on to find a few issues with the Email Router Tool that are probably worth sharing. The Tool Does Not Connect to Exchange 2010 like the CRM 4.0 tool. We had a previous test environment that included CRM 4.0 and the well patched Email Router Tool. It was talking nicely to Exchange Server 2010 using the Exchange Web Service URL: https://server.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx In our instance the HTTPS was configured with an service signed certificate that was a trusted provider. In other words. We purchase an expensive certificate and used that for testing a real world deployment. No self signed junk. That all hummed nicely, but we find that in CRM 2011, the Email Router Incoming Settings, using… Read More »CRM 2011 Email Router Problems–She’s a Fickle Bitch

CRM 2011 IFD Multi-Tenency Migration Tips

Today we posted a blog about How to configure IFD Hosted Setup in CRM 2011 Following on from that we tested the migration from CRM 4.0 hosted CRM instillations to the newly configured test environment for CRM 2011. We ran into a few problems (and a few things we did not know) and thought others may benefit from this. CRM Migration The process was reasonably simple for us and for that reason we will just list the steps. Backup the CRM 4.0 database to file. On the new CRM 2011 SQL server, perform a normal SQL database restore from the backup file. Use the CRM 2011 deployment tool to “Import and Organisation”. Specifying the obvious settings for the database selection and user mapping. (In our case, we were on the same domain, so user mapping was easy). All this worked well, but there were a few problems when we went… Read More »CRM 2011 IFD Multi-Tenency Migration Tips

Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

A Microsoft Team Member Accessing one of their White Papers! Having just beaten the Microsoft CRM IFD challenge, I felt it necessary to blog about how mush I dislike the way Microsoft supply data about their own products. The image above is not too far from the truth. You read a pile of “bla bal” data, only to find that the detail about the really important and difficult part is vague and relies on prior knowledge or experience to complete. Evidence of this is the number of internal blogs, videos and instructional information that is always produced by MS team members and community members explaining the real low down on how to get their stuff to work. Want to know what a White Paper is? Google “Microsoft White Papers” Returns this: That opens to this: This gives a URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=5672 That fails to this: GO Microsoft! So their Bing steps… Read More »Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

Microsoft CRM 2011 How to Configure IFD Hosted Setup

[gard] Like many, we have struggled to configure Microsoft CRM 2011 as an Internet Facing Deployment. There is quite a bit of disjointed and some what typical Microsoft “junk” on how to set this up. So after reading the White Papers, blogs and YouTube videos on the topic, I figured I would need notes for myself as much as anything. This is mostly because I am yet to find one single example that covered the setup I was after. That being: Single Server On an existing domain Running true IFD ready for customer access. The last point it telling, as all the Microsoft examples give a self generated SSL cert, that really is an example of a DEV environment only. We want to test the “real deal”, and don’t mind spending a few $ on a real Certificate to see this in a true working environment. If you need support… Read More »Microsoft CRM 2011 How to Configure IFD Hosted Setup

Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

Today, like a kid in a candy store, I upgraded to the new Mac OSX Lion from the Mac App store. It can’t go without noting that it has been a long time since I was excited about the prospect of a new release software download. Today gave me glimpses of the days long gone when Microsoft would release new and innovative software. Those days are “dust in the rear-view mirror”. True geek like I know… but hay! You are the one reading this! So How Did it Go? Generally it went exceptionally well. The download was way faster than I expected. I had imagined that the apple servers would be getting hammered all day, but that was not the case. The 4 GB package came down in around 30 min on a Telstra Australia cable connection. The initial install and reboot was fast. Around 1 minute and a MacBook… Read More »Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

DotNetNuke Forum Module 05.00.02 The missing link!

DotNetNuke 05.06.03 Pain If you look at the project downloads for dotnetnuke, you will notice that the forums module has the latest version as: 05.00.01 And if you click the link from within this page: http://www.dotnetnuke.com/Resources/Downloads/Projects-Downloads.aspx 05.00.01 is exactly what you get. All sounds neat and tidy… right? Not really, because if you install the latest version of DotNetNuke 05.06.03 (an important security release) you will kill your forums. Dead as dead. And if you check around for an update of the forum module, you will not find one either in your Module Definitions, or in the DotNetNuke website. But keep looking to codeplex and you find this: 05.00.02 and what is strange, it is released before the DNN 05.06.03 update, like significantly before it… like 1 month. This Forum Update is NEEDED if you want the forum module to work on DNN 05.06.03 http://dnnforum.codeplex.com/releases/view/67840 Release Notes The same module… Read More »DotNetNuke Forum Module 05.00.02 The missing link!

DotNetNuke iPhone iPad App Launched

If you like DotNetNuke and have an iPhone or iPad, then DotNetNuke – DNN News App if for you! InteractiveWebs have released a DNN community specific App to help interested people say in touch with the latest goings on in the DotNetNuke world. http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dnn-news-dotnetnuke-news/id448890925?mt=8# Now you can browse the latest news, modules and skin information about the popular DotNetNuke CMS system all from your mobile device. The App is a native Xcode universal app (meaning it works on both the iPad and iPhone natively. It is designed to tap into community news and information and discussions around DotNetNuke to allow you to read stay up to date with the latest news and events.

Problem With DNN Blog Module 04.01.00 – 01

We found an issue with what is the current release version of DotNetNuke Blog module 04.01.00 or 04.01.01. First up, we don’t know what the version number should actually be, as the compiled version on the download is 04.01.00 but the source code is referenced as 04.01.01. We presume there is some difference, but who knows what it is. Anyway The Problem The problem is that any forms on a page that run the blog module, will not allow form data to be validated. By validated, we are talking about ensuring a number is entered in a number field and text in a name filed etc. The cause is the blog module is using an old ASP.Net 1.0 validation function. While it should be using ASP.NET 2.0 with the updated validation behaviours as found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0ke7bxeh.aspx With this mistake, if you use Page.Validate on ASP.NET 2.0, page validation groups are… Read More »Problem With DNN Blog Module 04.01.00 – 01

DotNetNuke Automated Backlink Module

  Today we released an update to the Automatic Backlink Module for DotNetNuke. Details of the update are available here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/automaticlinkbuilder/Support/VersionHistory.aspx But include improvements on the way site monitoring is handled and the way the module works with the known GZIP issues. An example of the module can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/Admin/DotNetNukeWebsites.aspx?&action=add where you can add your site for back linking.

DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget Widget iPhone App

Today we have released a new version of our Users Online gadget is getting ready for our iPhone app release that will support this module. Today we have released a new version of the DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget module that allows you to monitor your website from: Windows Gadget Mac Widget Google Gadget Todays update can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/usersonline/Support/VersionHistory.aspx and is getting the module ready for the pending release of our iPhone app that will allow you to connect and monitor your site directly on your iPhone.