Get SharePoint Document details for particular record in MS CRM using FetchXML

What is Issue?

There are many cases while implementing MS CRM where clients ask to perform some operation in MS CRM based on the document uploaded in SharePoint. But how to get SharePoint document details in MS CRM other than “Documents” associated view? If you try to fetch records using advanced find or querying sharepointdocument entity directly, it will show you error. So how we can query and get the document details using code either from client side or server side?

The Reason-

MS CRM Supports only the associated view for Document i.e. sharepointdocument entity. MS CRM do not support direct querying on all sharepointdocument.

Solution-

There is a way to fetch SharePoint document details for particular record in MS CRM.

If you try to query on Document entity in MS CRM using Advanced find you will get the error-” SharePoint document entity does not support any view other than associated view”.

Now this seems trouble to get sharepoint document details. Don’t worry, as error itself says, the sharepoint document does not support any view other than associated view, We can keep building query in advance find itself.

Suppose I want to get documents details for one of my Opportunity in MS CRM , So I am building the query in the following way-
1. Look for : Document
2.Use Saved View :All Sharepoint Documents
3.If you want, you can edit the columns
4. Select Regarding(Opportunity) contains data
5. Select sub query for opportunity record(for which you want to get details)

If you click on results, it will still show you same error. Don’t worry, download the fetchXML for the query we built.

<fetch version="1.0" output-format="xml-platform" mapping="logical" distinct="false">
  <entity name="sharepointdocument">
    <attribute name="documentid" />
    <attribute name="fullname" />
    <attribute name="relativelocation" />
    <attribute name="sharepointcreatedon" />
    <attribute name="filetype" />
    <attribute name="absoluteurl" />
    <attribute name="modified" />
    <attribute name="sharepointmodifiedby" />
    <attribute name="title" />
    <attribute name="readurl" />
    <attribute name="editurl" />
    <attribute name="author" />
    <attribute name="sharepointdocumentid" />
    <attribute name="ischeckedout" />
    <attribute name="locationid" />
    <attribute name="iconclassname" />
    <order attribute="relativelocation" descending="false" />
    <link-entity name="opportunity" from="opportunityid" to="regardingobjectid" link-type="inner" alias="ad">
      <filter type="and">
        <condition attribute="opportunityid" operator="eq" value="{83779C3E-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-0CD3BEAFE160}" />
      </filter>
    </link-entity>
  </entity>
</fetch>

When I tried to use the fetchXML in Javascript query, I got the Sharepoint Document details in json as below-

As sharepoint document entity supports only associated view, it requires regarding object to query. So if you try to remove and link-entity tag from fetchXML, it will not return any record in response.

Now we have fetchXML which we can utilize in Javascript or C# based on requirement.

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ReadOnly Subgrids in MS CRM

What is Issue?

While working on MS CRM projects I had requirement of readOnly subgrids in MS CRM. You can achieve this to some extent by hiding buttons on subgrids. But if the requirement is like links should not be clickable for some of the security roles or for some conditions, it is not possible using out-of-box subgrids. That time we had no other option than going with html and JavaScript web resources for this.

The Reason-

This can not be achieve using out-of-box subgrids controls.

Solution-

There are 2 solution for this-
1. Go with HTML webresource.
2. Create Your own Custom Control using PCF (PowerApps Control Framework)

I created the completely read-only subgrid with pagination functionality similar to out-of-box subgrid.

Taking my current scenario-
I have to make subgrid completely read-only if the “More Contact Required?”= NO
Or else the subgrid will be normal subgrid.

So what I did –

  1. On form I added 2 similar subgrids with different Names.
  2. Added script on change of “More Contact Required?” field to show required subgrid.
  3. Changed the control for subgrid which is visible when “More Contacts Required?”= NO
    Open Form Editor -> Select Subgrid -> Change Properties -> Controls Tab ->Add Control -> Selected my own custom Control ->ReadOnlySubgridPage -> Click Add
  4. Save Form and Publish.

Now I found it so simple as I can make any subgrid readonly with my custom control.

You can download the Solution from here and import in Dynamics 365 to use the control.

If you want to check source code download from here.

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 dataset
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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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-
ColorPicker5

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-

App4Screen

Please follow the images to work with the app.

You can download MSCRMTechTool Here- MSCRM16Tech Tool

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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

VAPowerPortal1

3.When Editor Opens -> Click on Themes and upload the CSS
VAPowerPortal2

Save the Code Editor and close the Portal editor.

4. Open the Portal Management Model-Driven App
VAPowerPortal3

5. Navigate to Content Snippet under Content and search for “Chat Widget Code”-
VAPowerPortal4
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-

VAPowerPortal5

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-

VAPowerPortal8

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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