Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

CRM : Rescheduling the Update Contract States job

Update Contract States job is CRM 2011 (also for CRM 4.0) system job which runs daily and change the contract status based on contract start date and end date (i.e. change contract from Invoiced to active and from Active to expired).

One of customer’s CRM organization has this job running 10 PM at night and wanted to change this job on particular time (very early in the morning) to make sure contract status are up to date when users starts using CRM system.

There is job editor provided by MS to reschedule CRM system jobs but this does not include this specific job.

so following are steps we undertook with the help of CRM parter/MS support to reschedule this particular job in CRM system.

Step 1: run the following query to find the current Jobs in the relevant CRM organization. (note down the AsyncOperationid returned from this query as we will be using this in next step)

select AsyncOperationid,RecurrenceStartTime,postponeuntil,StatusCode, RecurrencePattern from AsyncOperation WHERE
Name = 'Update Contract States job'
and
StatusCode =10
and RecurrencePattern is not null

following quick details regarding important columns in this table.

RecurrencePattern is used to describe frequency and interval of the system jobs and please refer this article for more information on regarding this.

Postponeuntil is datetime field and indicate when this job will run next time. And it is UTC date meaning if this field contains “2012-10-23 09:08:00.000” and if your time zone is GMT + 1 then this job will run next time on “2012-10-23 10:08:00.000”

RecurrenceStartTime is also UTC datetime field which will be used to set next runtime of job, date part of this field is not important as long as it is set in the past.

Step 2: so using noted down AsyncOperationid in step 1 run following query to update recurrencestarttime, postponeuntil for this Update Contract States job .


update AsyncOperation set
RecurrenceStartTime = '2012-10-22 09:08:00.000',
postponeuntil = '2012-10-23 09:08:00.000'
WHERE AsyncOperationid = '5EB24ECB-60ED-4F59-801D-A6C19465C4D8'

So as per above update, this job will run at 9:08 AM (GMT time) in the morning every day.after job run if you verify the details then it would look as follows. So as you can see system will update postponeuntil (next run time) to next day (24th October) after this job run today (on 23th October).

****Important Notes regarding above change****
above change is unsupported so make sure you apply this change to Dev, Test environment before applying this to Live environment. Also make sure you take back up of database before doing this change.

Hope this helps..

Cheers,
MayankP:)

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How to find records created on weekends or created on after working hours

Recently one of our customer asked how to find cases or emails created on Saturday/Sunday or cases created after normal working hours (i.e. after 18 PM?).

Of course this CRM system had email router which were creating those email and automatic case were created based on this.

I did try to so this using advanced find but it is not possible to get the desired result and try to do this using Excel features and it was really easy, following quick steps for the same using Excel.

Step 1: Export data to excel, so do advanced find on CRM (CRM 4.0 or CRM 2011) to retrieve relevant data and then export that to excel.

Step 2: once exported add new columns, let’s say those columns are called “DAY”, “Time HOUR” and “Time MIN”.

Step 3: put formula to retrieve values for those columns, as shown below. Please note that column G is created on date and based on this column G following formula are created. Please change column name as per your requirement.

COLUMN I (DAY) :

=IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=1,"SUNDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=2,"MONDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=3,"TUESDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=4,"WEDNESDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=5,"THURSDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=6,"FRIDAY",IF(WEEKDAY(G2)=7,"SATURDAY",)))))))

COLUMN J (Time Hour):
=HOUR(G2)
COLUMN K (Time Hour):
=MINUTE(G2)

Step 4: after apply this formula to all rows and you will get following result.

Step 5: you can apply standard excel filter to return only cases created on weekends (Saturday/Sunday) or cases created after 18 PM easily.

Hope this helps…

Cheers,
Mayank:)

CRM 2011 views: getting more than 5000 records

If you access any CRM views for example account page and if it got more the 5000 records you will see “5000+” as shown below.

You can update this limit by running following query again MSCRM_Config database, so IntColumn contains number of maximum records to be run for CRM. If you put value -1 it will retrieve all the records…


Update DeploymentProperties Set IntColumn=-1 Where ColumnName = 'TotalRecordCountLimit'

so IntColumn contains number of maximum records to be run for CRM. If you put value -1 it will retrieve all the records

****Important Notes regarding above change****:
1. Above change is unsupported so make sure you apply this change to Dev, Test environment before applying this to Live environment. Also make sure you take back up of database before doing this change
2. This change might impact performance as well since system will retrieve all the records.

There is another registry key called “TurnOffFetchThrottling” is also there which will allow you to retrieve more than 5000 records in CRM, refer following blog article for more information regarding the same.

http://www.interactivewebs.com/blog/index.php/server-tips/turn-off-microsoft-crm-2011-5000-limit-on-data-retrieval-via-sdk/

but above key is only when call is done in the external SDK (fetchXML) calls only, this will not change data retrieve to be display in Entity Grid, so for account grid will still display “5000+” after applied this registry key change and only above SQL script (i.e. unsupported) can change this behaviour.

Hope this helps..

Cheers,
MayankP:)

CRM 2011 Chart: Drill Down enable/disable

Recently we noticed few charts in CRM 2011 displays drill down while other does not display drill down for the same.

For example standard Sales Pipe line chart report does not display drill down, after little investigation found that chard is displaying drill down if field used to display data set as Searchable to YES (as shown in the screen print below)

So your chart will display drill down if axis displays a field which got value searchable set to Yes.

Hope this helps..

Cheers,
MayankP:)

CRM 2011 Queue emails automatic contact creation issue

In CRM 2011, queues functionality is enhanced and changed as lot from CRM 4.0. You can read more about the changes in this article.

This current article is specific to behaviour with regarding to incoming email in to queue in CRM 2011. So if you received email in queue in CRM 2011 and if contact is not recognized by system automatically then it creates new contact automatically.

This is issue for one of customer because they did not want to end having lots of contacts created unnecessarily so we decided to turn off this feature for queues.

Solution

Following are steps to turn off this automatic feature in CRM 2011.

Step 1: Simply log on to CRM 2011 with administrative account (i.e. the account that was used to install CRM 2011 and CRM 2011 email router)

Step 2: go to File -> Options, this should open up Set Personal option page

Step 3: go to Email tab and un-tick option to automatically create records in CRM

Step 4: Click OK, Done!!

Hope this helps..

Cheers,
MayankP:)

CRM 2011 Tip: hiding start pane on CRM entities

Few of our users did not like this started pane in CRM 2011 and asking us if we disable this.

User settings

Following steps individual user can do to remove this started pane
Step 1: Go to File -> Options -> General tab
Step 2: un- tick “Show Get started panes on all lists” and click ok

System settings

System admin can switch this setting off for all users by doing following steps.
Step 1: go to Settings -> Administration -> system settings – > General tab
Step 2: set “Show Get Started panes on all lists of all users “ to “NO” and click ok

Hope this helps..

Cheers,
MayankP:)

CRM Outlook client Installation issue

One of my colleagues had following issue while installing latest CRM roll up for outlook client.

Installation cannot proceed: Setup cannot continue because a pending restart is required. Restart the computer and then try running Setup again

Please read this article for the solution regarding this.

Hope this helps…

Regards,
MayankP 🙂