Color Picker Custom Control for MS Dynamics CRM

What is Issue?

One of my previous projects had requirement of color picker in MS CRM to provide users flexibility to select any color to can display notifications(using HTML) on their records. But we had no other option than going with html and JavaScript web resources for this.

The Reason-

MS CRM don’t provide any color picker field out-of-box.

Solution-

As I already had a blog written for color picker using web resources and spectrum libraries-Color Picker in MS CRM ?

But it is web resource which needs much efforts to match to field styles in crm.

I have created the custom pcf control (PowerApps Custom Control). This control can be used for the single line text fields.

Depends on browser it appears in supported way-

On Browsers other than IE-

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In IE it will appear as –

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If you want to use it you form you can download ready custom control from here-ColorPickerSolution.zip

How to use it-
1. Import downloaded solution in CRM-
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2. Create single line of Text field in any entity you want and add it on form.
3. when adding to form select field, click on change field property and in controls tab add custom control “ColorPicker”-

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4.Save and publish the form.
Now the control is available and ready on form to use.

 

You can also download the source code from here-ColorPickerSource.zip

To work with source code you need some of the basic setup in your computer-
1. Nodejs installed
2. VS or Visual Studio Code installed
3.Understanding of below commands-


pac pcf init --namespace yourNamespace --name yourControlName --template field
npm install
npm run build
npm start
pac solution init --publisher-name yourPubliserName --publisher-prefix yourPrefix
pac solution add-reference --path "pcfproj folder path"
msbuild /t:restore
msbuild

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Compare Security Roles available in MS CRM Organization

What is Issue?

Many times in organization many security roles got created but it becomes difficult to find out differences between them. Checking one by one is time consuming and complicated task.

The Reason-

No direct way available to compare 2 security roles.

Solution-

you can use the tool created by mscrm16Tech as below-
It provides view of all security roles available in Organization and allows to to compare them with each other.

When you install and open the application in your system you will get below window which will help you in configuration of MS CRM connection and database connection if needed. You can connect to CRM using CRM SDK Login window. This feature is available in latest version of software only(v1.0.0.28 and above).

newConfigScreen

After configuring the app and clicks on OK, Select the application “Compare Security Roles” in next window  –

newApplicationList

Now you need to load the available security Roles in both the list  from connected CRM Organization.
Select security role from each list and click compare.

You also have option to check security roles for entities for some publisher only(custom entities).

The output loaded in grid will  privileges on entities available to from respective security roles selected in lists.

Please use below image for reference-

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Please follow the images to work with the app.

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Check highest privileges for entities from different Security roles assigned (including Teams Roles) to User in MS CRM

What is Issue?

User in CRM might be assigned with the different security roles directly or indirectly from Teams security role. Some time it becomes difficult to check privileges on some entity, due to number of different security roles assigned. In this cases, checking different security roles for user becomes tedious and time consuming task. You need to check each security role and each security roles for team in which user is member.

The Reason-

No direct way available to check highest privileges on entities for an user.

Solution-

you can use the tool created by mscrm16Tech as below-
It provides view of all security roles assigned directly or indirectly through Team to user.

When you install and open the application in your system you will get below window which will help you in configuration of MS CRM connection and database connection if needed.

AppScreen1

After configuring the app and clicks on OK, Select the application “Check User Privileges on Entity” in next window  –

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Now you need to load the available active (Enabled) users in connected CRM Organization.
You can select any user from the drop down list and get Privileges for the user.

You also have option to check security roles for entities for some publisher only(custom entities).

The output loaded in grid will show highest privileges on entities available to user cumulatively from all security security roles.

Please use below image for reference-

App3Screen1

Please follow the images to work with the app.

You can find the list of all available security roles assigned directly or indirectly through teams to user.

On click of first option in List -“Get Cumulative privileges for all Roles”  will show the all highest privileges from all the different security roles. and on click of other options in list will show the privileges for that role.

You can save this report as excel file.

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Add floating Chat Bot (Microsoft Virtual Agent) on Power Portal (PowerApps)

What is Issue?

Microsoft is providing the Virtual Agents(chat bots) to provide the customers better communication ability on many channels like websites, Skype, Teams. Microsoft is also introduced the Power Portals. But how to integrate this Virtual Agent(chat bot) with Power Portal?

The Reason-

Power Portal provides the way adding the extra code snippet in portals. But when we try to embed the Virtual Agents in Power Portal using this code snippet it shows the chatbot window at the bottom of the portal. Code provided by Microsoft Virtual Agent after publishing is just an IFrame. So user is not able to see floating chat bot.

Solution-

To make your Virtual agent float you need some customized embed code with some JavaScript and CSS.
1. Create a CSS Style-sheet File with below CSS-

/* Button used to open the chat form - fixed at the bottom of the page */
.open-button {
background-color: #555;
color: white;
padding: 16px 20px;
border: none;
cursor: pointer;
opacity: 0.8;
position: fixed;
bottom: 23px;
right: 28px;
width: 280px;
}
.closePopUp{
display: block;
position: fixed;
bottom: 312px;
right: 50px;
border: 3px solid #f1f1f1;
z-index: 99;
width:30px;
height:30px;
background-color: transparent;
color:#f1f1f1;
}
/* The popup chat - hidden by default */
.chat-popup {
display: none;
position: fixed;
bottom: 0;
right: 15px;
border: 3px solid #f1f1f1;
z-index: 9;
height:350px;
}

This CSS will help to float chat bot at bottom left corner.

2.Add the saved CSS file to power portal –
Navigate -> make.powerapps.com ->Apps -> Select Portal-> Click on Edit

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3.When Editor Opens -> Click on Themes and upload the CSS
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Save the Code Editor and close the Portal editor.

4. Open the Portal Management Model-Driven App
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5. Navigate to Content Snippet under Content and search for “Chat Widget Code”-
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If you want you can create other Content Snippet of HTML type and add it on “Home” Web Template.

6. Open the Content Snippet-Chat Widget Code or newly created content snippet by you-

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7. Add the Below code in Value as HTML and save the content snippet-


<script>
  function openForm() {
    document.getElementById("myForm").style.display = "block";
  }
  function closeForm() {
    document.getElementById("myForm").style.display = "none";
  }
</script><button onclick="openForm()" class="open-button">Chat</button><button onclick="openForm()" class="open-button">Chat</button>
  <div id="myForm" class="chat-popup">
[your iframe code as belows from Microsoft Virtual Agent after Publishing]  
   <button onclick="closeForm()" class="closePopUp">X</button>
</div>
<p></p>

8. replace [your iframe code as belows from Microsoft Virtual Agent after Publishing] in above code with something like below-

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9. Load the portal again you will find Chat option at the right-bottom corner. When you click on chat button it will open your chat bot.

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Generating Early Bound Classes and simple Entity Classes MS CRM

What is Issue?

While developing the CRM, when we have to go through coding part, we need to create Early-bound classes for some specific entities. But CrmSvcUtil.exe provides us the Early Bound classes for all the entities available in CRM.
Second scenario- we don’t want this much of complicated classes, Only want to add simple Entity classes. But it might become very lengthy and time consuming task to add the fields in class one by one.

The Reason-

Creating Early bound classes for particular entities is not possible using CrmSvcUtil.exe directly and creating simple entity classes is lengthy and time consuming task.

Solution-

To create early bound classe using CrmSvcUtil.exe, please refer blog – Generate Early Bound Classes for selected entities using CrmSvcUtil.exe in MS CRM

OR

you can use the tool created by mscrm16Tech as below-
It provides both the options like creating Simple CRM entity classes or to Use CrmSvcUtil.exe to generate early bound classes for selected entities only.

When you install and open the application in your system you will get below window which will help you in configuration of MS CRM connection and database connection if needed.

AppScreen1

After configuring the app and clicks on OK, Select the application “Create Early-Bound Classes” in next window  –

App2Screen0

Now you can load the available entities in connected CRM Organization. Please use below image for reference-

App2Screen In case you are using windows 10 and trying to generate Early Bound classes using CrmSvcUtil.exe, you need to make sure following feature is enabled on your windows-
>Control Panel Programs and Features – Turn Windows feature On or Off
->.NetFramework 4.8 Advanced Services
-> WCF Services
->HTTP Activation (Please enable if not)

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Please follow the images to work with the app.

You can download app Here- MSCRM16Tech Tool

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