Microsoft CRM4 vs Microsoft GP10 and Microsoft Adaptor for Dynamics

Last week we were having the implementation plan for Microsoft GP10 with Microsoft CRM4. For this we need to have the Microsoft Adaptor for Dynamics.

The Adapter is FREE!!!  However, customers will need to have an active/current Microsoft Dynamics GP Enhancement/Support plan. In addition, the customer will also need an active/current Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Assurance (SA) Support Plan. The Adapter can be obtained by the partner organization placing the order for the customer through the standard Microsoft Dynamics GP ordering system. The Adapter will not be compatible with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 or Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 or any other previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics CRM. In order to utilize the Adapter, the customer would be required to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Service Pack 4 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup #5. This is a completely new tool, redesigned from the ground up. The main integration engines/services used for the Adapter are web services to eConnect (web services to web services)

This version 1 release of the Adapter is only for US English for use in the USA. It is not suitable for use with an International English system at this time.  If you require International English, you will need to wait for version 2 of the Adapter. There is no timeframe set for when version 2 will be released. The adapter is a tool built in Web Services and eConnect – The Adapter is not a product – it is a toolset to help integrate – an out of the box, lightly extensible integration tool (at least for v1). Customers looking for Advanced Integration functionality should still look to ISV’s.

Information About The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Integration Tool, Click here

Now in my scenario, This adaptor will not work in Windows server 2008 R2 64bit platform for their prerequisits..few workarounds required

The Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services role must be installed on the computer before installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Service.

Windows Server 2008 x64 or x86 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 only – Web Services Runtime Workaround

Click Start, click Run, and then type REGEDIT. 
Locate the following registry subkey, and then follow these steps:
a.  Right-click the registry subkey, point to New, click Key, and then name the new key ADAM_Shared.
b.  Open the ADAM_Shared folder.
c.  Right-click the ADAM_Shared folder, point to New, and then click String Value.
d.  Name the new string value InstalledVersion, and then type 1.1.3790.2075 as the value data.

Reference related to GP/CRM Click the following blog, which really will help you out.  Sivakumar Venkataraman and Vaidhyanathan Mohan

But when you do the CRM to GP adaptor mapping, few issues starts. If you really going to use CRM only for Customer activities which GP database holds the master and needs to replicate it…Adaptor gives you errors on mapping. We have done the in-house workaround as the adaptor is still premature, our in-house workaround works great…!!!! Thanks to my team…

Moral of the story ” Depend on your own, with your friends…like my boss says ” Assumption is the mother of all screwups”

New outlook 2010 – cool feature


Did you know that the upcomming Outlook 2010 support 3 Exchange account to configure on a single outlook!!!

MySpace for Outlook enables you to view activity updates for friends and colleagues in the People Pane, synchronize your MySpace contact list to your Outlook contacts, and get one-click access to profiles

To know more about the Outlook/Exchange blog  – Click here

Watch this page for Social connector for Outlook 2010 – Click here or click here

MySpace for outlook – Click to know more

Exchange Server – Autodiscovery – A New turn on Exchange14/2010

As you are aware of the autodiscovery feature from Exchange server 2007, with outlook 2007, this feature has gone a far ahead to reduce the RPC over HTTPS configuration headaches or the outlook configuration for client which is part of the network and is sitting outside the firewall…good na. Here i’m talking about the server in a domain…autodiscovery works a bit different on Non-domain platform..configuration is slightly different.

When you upgrade Exchange server 2007 to SP2, this is going to be a bit demanding task. clients connecting from outside and inside starts demanding for authentication…in which you need a SSL certificate with Subject Alternative Names (SAN) specified..

Once the upgrade is done, Autodiscover information is stored in a so called SCP or Service Connection Point. You can view this SCP using Active Directory Sites and Services after you have enabled the “View Services Node” option. (When installing the Client Access Server (Autodiscover is part of this Server Role) the SCP is automatically created in Active Directory and configured with the default values. If you have multiple CAS Servers there will be multiple SCP’s as well)…now will see  how to configure Microsoft  Exchange  services,  such as the Availability service, for the Autodiscover service on a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 computer that has the Client Access server role installed.  When you enable Outlook Anywhere, you must also configure external access to Microsoft Exchange services for the Autodiscover service. This includes the URLs for the Availability service, Exchange Web Services, Unified Messaging (UM), and the offline address book. If you do not configure the external URL values, the Autodiscover service information provided to the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 client may be incorrect for clients that are connecting from outside your network. They may be able to connect to their Microsoft Exchange mailbox. However, they will be unable to use Exchange features such as Out of Office functionality, the Availability service, Unified Messaging, or offline address book downloads. Generally, the internal URL is configured by Microsoft Exchange Setup. However, the external URLs must be configured by using the virtual directory cmdlet for each component

In general – Autodiscover service provides the following information to the client computer that is running Outlook 2007:

  • The user’s display name.
  • Separate connection settings for internal and external connectivity.
  • The location of the user’s Exchange 2007 server that has the Mailbox server role installed.
  • The URLs for Exchange features such as free/busy information, UM, and the OAB.
  • Outlook Anywhere server settings. Outlook Anywhere was formerly known as RPC over HTTP.

So when a user starts Outlook 2007 for the first time, they no longer have to specify any information if their computer is joined to the domain. Outlook 2007 will start, gather the information automatically, log the user on to their mailbox, and begin retrieving information from your Exchange deployment.

 * Exchange Management Shell to configure the external host name for Outlook Anywhere for the Autodiscover service

Enable-OutlookAnywhere -Server HnC01 -ExternalHostname “” -DefaultAuthenticationMethod “Basic” -SSLOffloading:$False

* Exchange Management Shell to configure the external URL for the offline address book for the Autodiscover service

Set-OABVirtualDirectory -identity “HnC01\OAB (Default Web Site)” -externalurl -RequireSSL:$true

* Exchange Management Shell to configure the external URL for Unified Messaging for the Autodiscover service

Set-UMVirtualDirectory -identity “HnC01\UnifiedMessaging (Default Web Site)” -externalurl  -BasicAuthentication:$True

* Exchange Management Shell to configure the external URL for Exchange Web Services for the Autodiscover service

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -identity “HnC01\EWS (Default Web Site)” -externalurl -BasicAuthentication:$True

 To troubleshooting your Autodiscover configuration, ther is a site which is developed by a few guys from the Microsoft Exchange Product Team to test Remote Analyzer that is available on the Internet

Drobo – The new storage system

All new style  – BeyondRAID leverages the benefits of traditional RAID systems, while leaving many of the limitations behind. This next-generation of redundant storage technology brings together safety, reliability, expandability, efficiency and ease-of-use.

BeyondRAID fits in the same place of the software stack as traditional RAID between the file system and the driver. Hence, BeyondRAID can be adopted without any change in infrastructure, allowing you to maintain your current file system and operating system, while eliminating the friction costs typically associated with moving to a new technology platform.

As business conditions change over time, IT managers are obliged to choose between purchasing a new RAID array and the cost and effort of redeploying a more appropriate RAID level. Data Robotics BeyondRAID solves these two critical issues, delivering flexibility without downtime. Built on an advanced storage virtualization platform, BeyondRAID chooses the correct RAID algorithm based on data protection needs at any given moment. Since the technology works at the block level, it can write blocks of data that alternate between data protection methodologies. If an IT manager needs to add storage capacity to a Drobo product, he or she can simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks—no need to change RAID levels, purchase a new storage array or go through the complex administration of pooling RAID groups. This even allows IT managers to switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, thereby ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection if required

Beauty is you have the requirement only for 1TB Volume and in future your requirement is 16TB and currently in your hand you have one 1TB drive and one 2TB drive…its simple..insert both and configure the volume to 16TB …DONE…as it is near to reach the inserted disk capacity to maximum, DROBO warns and you insert another one…now a days you can get higher capacity HDD in less price…tomorrow it will be cheaper too…

They now release the new system which is Drobo Elite..Dual High-Speed iSCSI Interfaces It’s an industry- standard, high performance protocol that has become extremely popular with businesses and individuals who demand high data storage throughput, but it can often be complex to manage. DroboElite changes that by introducing zero- click iSCSI connection creation with optional LUN-level CHAP authentication for both Windows and Mac OS X.

There are different options available..i’m using DROBO Pro and DROBO Elite….cool ones with rackmount kit too

Disk Interface

Eight-bay capacity – 3.5″ SATA I or SATA II hard drives, Mix and match capacities, drive brands and speeds

File System Supports :
Windows: NTFS
Mac OS X: HFS+
Linux4: EXT3
VMware: VMFS

Operating System Support : Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista (Service Pack 1), Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Mac OS X 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Linux, VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5 or VMware vSphere 4

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I miss my blog..tooo hectic this march

Too much hectic on this month..and i did not write anything this month… Tech.ed was beautiful…and the first week was gone just like that with exitement and thrilled with MVP’s, Techies…coollll

Then…a tragedy….we are dealing with a consultant for some ERP upgrades, and all i can tell you is that these guys are not professional at all..(not everyone though…)They feels that they are the champions and at the end of the day..they know ZERO…what a tragedy!!!!!!….Do not fall in love with these monkey noise…!!!!! What a SHAMEEEEEE