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Import a Solution Without Form Customisations

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I’ve been using a solution recently which I really like, but it has added quite a lot of new fields, tabs, sections etc to my default entity forms which I didn’t really need.

I want some of the features of the solution, but without the form customisations. To get around this I took a look inside the solution zip file.

Note: You should check that the solution does not rely on the form changes by performing this on a dev system first. Also, make a backup copy of the solution and your MSCRM database. In this case, I’m using a managed solution, so the changes can be easily reversed by uninstalling.


I extracted the customizations.xml file to my machine and opened it up in Notepad++. In this case we’ll look at the Account entity.


If you scroll through the Account entity, you’ll eventually get to the <FormXml> element. I find it easier to get the <EntityInfo> element out of the way by minimising it with Notepad++. It saves me scrolling through 2500+ lines.


The <FormXml> element contains all of the form customisations which are going to be imported i.e. fields to display, sections on-load/on-save script etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by neilmcd

Aug 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Posted in CRM 2011

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Dynamics CRM 2011 Solutions

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Another nice new feature of Dynamics CRM 2011 is the ability to create solutions. A solution is a way to package up your CRM business application into an easy to manage and deploy package.


To create a solution, first you must give it a name, select a publisher and give it a version number. A publisher typically contains the details of the ISV which will be listing an application in the Dynamics Marketplace. Versioning is method of determining whether you are running the most up to date solution inside your CRM 2011 system. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by neilmcd

Sep 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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