Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

If you have problems shifting gears in your car, you don't call Volvo to say "Hey, I don't like how this gear shifting thing works, so I'm just going to use reverse and drive backwards from now on." What you probably do is call them to say "I'm having trouble shifting, you need to fix … Continue reading Case closed: Managed or Unmanaged solutions in Microsoft Dynamics 365 / CRM

Use VSTS to publish XrmToolBox plugins

Recently a fellow D365 developer, Lars Müller, wrote an article on how to Build a versioned XrmToolBox plugin. I am taking this one step further, to show you how to create a complete CI/CD pipeline for your XrmToolBox tools.   Of course, the primary reason for creating an automated pipeline for Continuous Integration / Continuous … Continue reading Use VSTS to publish XrmToolBox plugins

Public Preview: Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS

Recently I posted a series of three articles describing our approach to DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics 365, and the technology behind it. After giving a session on this topic at CRM Saturday in Madrid, Spain, it is now time to announce “public preview” of our tools. If you want the full story – these are … Continue reading Public Preview: Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS

Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part III

This is the third and last article telling the tale of our own DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics 365, and the technology behind it. Part I – Background and how our DevOps tools evolved before we knew about itPart II – Automation of the build and deploy process using custom VSTS Build TasksPart III – Demo … Continue reading Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part III

Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part II

This is the second article of three telling the tale of our own DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics 365, and the technology behind it. Part I – Background and how our DevOps tools evolved before we knew about itPart II – Automation of the build and deploy process using custom VSTS Build TasksPart III – Demo … Continue reading Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part II

Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part I

During my eight years as a Microsoft Dynamics CRM / 365 developer, I have felt a strong pain every time it was time to package and distribute a customer or product implementation. Over the years our tools have evolved to now support a complete automated process; from source repository via compilation, updating dev environment, exporting … Continue reading Build and Deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 projects using VSTS – part I