Friday 13 April 2012

CRM 2011 Solution package using Visual Studio 2010 – Part 1

Today I am writing on very interesting topic , I was waiting for this functionality
from many days :) , thanks to my colleague and friend Basant who introduced this
topic to me .
Now latest version of MS CRM 2011 include “Developer Toolkit” . Developer toolkit
include in SDK at “SDK\Tools\DeveloperToolkit”. Double click the “CrmDeveloperTools_Installer.msi”
to install to toolkit. Using this toolkit we can create and deploy custom workflow
activity , Plugin and javascript in VS2010
In this Article I am trying to explain how this toolkit works
1. After installing toolkit , open VS2010 and in left templates pane you can see
Template with name “Dynamics CRM”. Click on Template now you see in middle pane
five option in this project I am using first one .
2. As you select and click on OK button . Dialog box to connect CRM Server will
In this dialog box enter CRM Server name, Port number and protocol and click on
connect button. After this “Authentication Details” section come enable and fill
your username,password and domain and click “Log On” Button
After this Organization and Solution Name appear enable and you can select your
organization name and select solution for development and as you click ok , all
Type of solutions come in “Solution Explorer” window and new Silverlight application
dialog will display
Now you will see two explorer windows
1) CRM Explorer
2) Solution Explorer
Now with the help of SDK, I am explaining all features of both explorer windows
CRM Explorer :
Item Organization Name
Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes the whole tree

Item Entities
Command Action Click on Entity Expand button
Description When you will click on entity expand button . you will see list of all entities

Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes Entities
Command Action Generate Wrapper
Description Executes CRMSVCUTIL.exe to generate the strongly typed proxy classes. If you only
have one plug-in project, this class is automatically added to this project; otherwise
, the Generate Entity Wrappers dialog box lets you select which project to
create the classes in. Steps I need to generate strongly typed proxy classes using developer tool
Right Click on Entities node and from context menu select “Generate Wrapper” option

Now “Generate Entity Wrapper” Dialog box will appear and you need to select project
and after that click on “Generate” button

Now processing dialog box will appear and it will take few second or minute depend
on your system configuration

As this dialog box will disappear you will see “Entities.cs” class under “Plugins”

Command Action Create Plug-in for specific entity
Description Steps to Create Plug-in Right Click on specific entity node and from context menu select “Create Plugin”

Now “Create Plug-in” dialog box will appear .

Select Message and fill unsecure/secure configuration message and click on “OK”

After clicking “OK” button , new plugin class will appear under “Plugin” Project
solution and write your plugin logic in this class

Plugin also appear in “CRM Explorer” under “Plug-in Assemblies”

After adding plug-in, Now you need to signing your both workflow and plugin project
with a strong name key file

Rebuild all Solutions

Now time to deploy “CrmPackage” Solution

As you deploy , plugin will registered and you can see plugin and workflow dll in
“Crm Explorer” with different style

You can Add/Edit/Delete plugin and its step

Now I am explaining how “CrmPackage” Solution store all information need to deploy
All information store in “RegisterFile.crmregister” under “CrmPackage” Solution
When Project start RegisterFile.crmregister file status

After Creating Step in plugin RegisterFile.crmregister file status

After deploying Step in plugin RegisterFile.crmregister file status

Command Action Double click on specific entity
Description Now no need to go back in CRM web client for customization . double click on entity
name and entity customization form will display in VS 2010
Item Option Sets
Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes option sets
Expand “Option Sets” node show all option sets
Command Action Double click on specific options set
Description Opens the option set definition
Item Web Resources
Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes Web resources
Command Action Add to packaging project
Description Adds web resources of all types from the organization to the project
“Add to packaging project” will add new folder with name “WebResources” in “CrmPackage”
Solution with all webresources present in CRM Solution

You can add new webresources also from VS2010

Item Process
Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes Processes On expanding process node will show “Dialogs” and “Workflows” nodes
Command Action Refresh specific dialog
Description Refreshes dialogs
Command Action Double click on specific dialog
Description Opens the dialog definition
Command Action Add/Edit/Delete specific dialog
Description We can add, edit, delete dialog from solution
As you click on “Add Workflow” , Create Process dialog box will appear

Fill process name and select entity from Entity dropdown

As you click on create button new process will display under workflow node and its information will also appear for further steps as you see in CRM webclient
Item Security Roles
Command Action Refresh
Description Refresh Security roles
Command Action Double click on specific security role
Description Opens the security role definition
Item Field Security Profiles
Command Action Refresh
Description Refreshes field security profiles
Command Action Double click on specific Security Profile
Description Opens the field security profile definition
Solution Explorer

Project CrmPackage
Role The manifest project that contains all assets to be deployed to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, combined with their deployment settings
Project Plugins
Role The Plugins project contains a base class named “Plugin” and classes generated through the create plugin option of the CRM Explorer will derive from this class.
Project SilverlightApplication
Role This project is used for develop new Silverlight web resource.
Project SilverlightApplication.Web
Role A companion web project that host the above Silverlight project, and can be used to test the Silverlight project.
Project Workflow
Role The Workflow project provides support for implementing custom workflow activities to be used for your on-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM instance.

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