Setting up Dynamics365 for the First Time

I recently went down the path of purchasing a Microsoft Action Pack so immediately went to setting it up in my pre-existing Office365 Tenant and ran into a few gotchas that might save you some time.

Office365 Business Essentials and Enterprise Plan 1 Licensing

I currently have an Office365 Business Essentials plan but when creating my Dynamics tenant quick realized that my users that were licensed under my Business Essentials license cannot be readily imported into Dynamics365 due to SharePoint plan conflicts.

There is a path to upgrade users through the Office365 Admin, but that’s for another blog.

Setting up Dynamics365

When creating your tenant for Dynamics, it’s not solely about your licenses, but also about creating the actual tenant.  To do this, you need to first navigate down to the Settings section of your Office365

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Tips for a Successful Dynamics365 Data Migration

When moving data from either a homegrown application or even a pre-existing Dynamics365 system there are few tricks that can save you a great deal of time and take your project beyond simply completing the data migration and to instead making it a cornerstone in the success of your migration to Dynamics365.  I’ve done a number of data migrations ranging from the small (less than 25,000 records from one database) to the larger (greater than 1,000,000+ records from a variety of databases).

Whether you are using tools like Scribe or Kingsway or building your own application – you should always use the available SDKs and not go to the database.  In writing that I feel as though as this is slowly becoming a double-negative as you cannot access the database directly for cloud instances of Dynamics365.

Check

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What it is

Over the past few years, I’ve found myself drifting further from code and not developing as much as I’d really like to be.

Over the past few months I’ve been experimenting with LinkedIn as a blogging platform for technical articles and it really hasn’t felt it like it quite cuts it.  Coupled with this, I used to blog about anything technical that I was doing – Powershell, Lync, C#, SQL, etc – but then started to break it out by technology for better readability.  But that always left me with more to say and nowhere to say it.

So, I’m going back to a single technical blog, about everything and anything as I jump into everything going on around me.  In the coming months, I’m probably going to be focussing more on the Dynamics

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