Saturday 16 March 2013

Dynamics CRM 2011 - Propagate the plug-in invalid exception message in JavaScript code.

Recently I came across an issue where I would like to propagate the plug-in InvalidPluginExcecutionException message via JavaScript code. Based on the client requirements I need to trigger a plug-in on click of custom ribbon button on the Opportunity entity. Hence on custom button click I have written a web service call that updates one of custom attributes of an Opportunity entity. So, when system will update this field via client side web service call, the registered plug-in will be triggered automatically. Usually your InvalidPluginExcecutionException message inside your plug-in code is displayed to user in a standard CRM message box. In my case I am unable to see the same because the plug-in is being triggered via JavaScript web service call. Below is the code snippet that executes my query.
//Asynchronous AJAX function to update a CRM record using OData


    type: "POST",

    contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",

    datatype: "json",

    data: jsonEntity,

    url: serverUrl + ODATA_ENDPOINT + "/" + odataSetName + "(guid'" + id + "')",

    beforeSend: function (XMLHttpRequest) {

      //Specifying this header ensures that the results will be returned as JSON.             

      XMLHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("Accept", "application/json");


      //Specify the HTTP method MERGE to update just the changes you are submitting.             

      XMLHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("X-HTTP-Method", "MERGE");


    success: function (data, textStatus, XmlHttpRequest) {

      //The MERGE does not return any data at all, so we'll add the id 

      //onto the data object so it can be leveraged in a Callback. When data 

      //is used in the callback function, the field will be named generically, "id"

      data = new Object(); = id;

      if (successCallback) {

        successCallback(data, textStatus, XmlHttpRequest);



    error: function (XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown) {

      if (errorCallback) {


        errorCallback(XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown);


      else {

        ErrorHandler(XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown);




I have validated all the 3 objects i.e. XmlHttpRequest, textStatus and errorThrown inside errorCallback method to seek the plug-in error message with no success. However I can see the same error message via fiddler!!
Finally, I found a way to parse the response text of xmlHttpRequest and get the exact error message. Below is the code that works for me to alert the plug-in message from client side code.

function ErrorHandler(xmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown) {





I hope this will be helpful.

Monday 11 March 2013

SQL Server – Generating PERMUTATIONS using T-Sql

Were you ever asked to generate string Permutations using TSql? I was recently asked to do so, and the logic which I could manage to come up at that point is shared in the below script.

DECLARE @Value AS VARCHAR(20) = 'ABCC' --Mention the text which is to be permuted
DECLARE @NoOfChars AS INT = LEN(@Value)
DECLARE @Permutations TABLE(Value VARCHAR(20)) --Make sure the size of this Value is equal to your input  string length (@Value)
;WITH NumTally AS (--Prepare the Tally Table to separate each character of the Value.
  SELECT 1 Num
    Num + 1 
    Num < @NoOfChars
),Chars AS ( --Separate the Characters
  SUBSTRING(@Value,Num,1) Chr
--Persist the Separated characters.
INSERT INTO @Permutations
--Prepare Permutations
WHILE(@i < @NoOfChars)
  --Store the Permutations
  INSERT INTO @Permutations
  SELECT DISTINCT --Add DISTINCT if required else duplicate Permutations will be generated for Repeated  Chars.
    P1.Value + P2.Value
    (SELECT Value FROM @Permutations WHERE LEN(Value) = @i) P1 
    (SELECT Value FROM @Permutations WHERE LEN(Value) = 1) P2
  --Increment the Counter.      
  SET @i += 1  
  --Delete the Incorrect Lengthed Permutations to keep the table size under control.
  DELETE FROM @Permutations WHERE LEN(Value) NOT IN (1,@i)
--Delete InCorrect Permutations.
SET @i = 1
WHILE(@i <= @NoOfChars)
  --Deleting Permutations which has not used "All the Chars of the given Value".
    Value NOT LIKE '%' + SUBSTRING(@Value,@i,1) +'%'
  --Deleting Permutations which have repeated incorrect character.  
    LEN(Value) - LEN(REPLACE(Value,SUBSTRING(@Value,@i,1),'')) != 
    LEN(@Value) - LEN(REPLACE(@Value,SUBSTRING(@Value,@i,1),''))
  SET @i += 1  
--Selecting the generated Permutations. 
SELECT Value FROM @Permutations

Hope, this script helps!

Please share your suggestions if you have any to improve this logic.

Friday 8 March 2013

Steps to change Server URL/Machine name after deploying Dynamics CRM 2011

Recently, I came across a situation where I needed to rename my development machine having MS Dynamics CRM 2011 & SQL server 2008 installed on it. If you change the machine name casually then you will not be able to browse any of the existing organizations. Also, the CRM Asynchronous service won’t be started. Ideally, there are only 3 simple steps, which if followed correctly, can bring all Organizations again up & running with a new url. Below are the steps – Word of Caution: Please take backups of your registry and Database before making any change to them or take help of the concerned Administrator to help you. 1. Rename the Machine
  • Rename the Machine and change it IP Address if required.
  • Restart the machine.
2. Update the Registry entry
  • Open the Registyr Editor using - Start > Run > Regedit.exe
  • Then Move to KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MSCRM node and
    • Double Click on configdb key and change the DataSource from OldServerName to NewServerName
    • Double Click on ServerUrl key and change the URL to point to the NewServerName
3. Update the details in MSCRM_CONFIG database
  • Open SQL Server Management Studio and run the below script -



UPDATE [Server] SET [Name] = 'NewServerName';


UPDATE ConfigSettings SET [HelpServerUrl] = 'http://NewServerName:5555/';


UPDATE Organization SET

[ConnectionString] = REPLACE([ConnectionString],'OldServerName ','NewServerName’),

[SqlServerName] = '

NewServerName ',
[SrsUrl] = '
http://NewServerName /reportserver';

  • Restart the machine.

Disclaimer: Following of the above steps is purely the reader’s sole decision and in no case the author could be held responsible for loss of any kind arising after following.
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Wednesday 6 March 2013

SQL Server – TSql to find Records matching certain criteria in all the tables of a DB.

Generally, we try to find out records matching a certain criteria from a single or few tables. However, there are times when we need to find out records matching a criteria from all the tables of a SQL Database and today I will explain you a simple way to retrieve those records.

Recently, I was asked by my colleague, who was working on a MS Dynamics CRM migration project, to let him know the records which were created after a particular date in the source. So that, he could analyze only those records and strategize the Migration process.

I quickly opened up the SSMS and came up with the below script -

USE <DBName> --Replace this with the actual DBName
DECLARE @ColumnName AS VARCHAR(50) = 'CreatedOn' --The name of the column on which you need to put the criteria
DECLARE @Criteria AS VARCHAR(50) = 'CONVERT(DATE,' + @ColumnName + ') >= ''20130225''' -- The Actual criteria/WHERE Clause of the query
--The below will list the TSQL Statements which could be copied & executed in a separate query window.
  'IF EXISTS(SELECT 1 FROM ' + + ' WHERE ' + @Criteria + ') ' +
  'SELECT ''' + + ''' TableName, * FROM ' + + ' WHERE ' + @Criteria 
  sys.columns C
INNER JOIN sys.tables T
  ON T.object_id = C.object_id   
WHERE = @ColumnName

The above script will list down the SELECT statements which could be copied and executed in a separate query window connecting to the same Database. On execution, you will get the list of records from each table base on the specified criteria.

Hope, this helps!