Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dynamics 365 October 2018 release notes available and why you should care

Microsoft recently decided to change its update policy for Dynamics 365/CRM online – see Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (administrator guide) – manage updates  for more details. One of the important changes is that all customers will need to be on the latest version from February 1, 2019 onwards. Therefore it is highly recommended to keep up to date with upcoming changes. Microsoft therefore committed to delivering the release notes of upcoming versions a couple of months in advance.

You can read the October 2018 Dynamics 365 release notes (239 page PDF) yourself and if you still need to catch up on the Spring 2018 release notes – there is a now a Business Applications Release Notes page -  or you can read about the highlights below:

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dynamics 365 monthly reading list July 2018

Technical topics (Configuration, customization and extensibility)

Topics for Dynamics 365 business analysts, project managers, power and end users

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dynamics 365/CRM Podcasts

Keeping up to date with all of the information on Dynamics 365 is quite a challenge – luckily Gus Gonzalez and Mark Smith did a great job by creating these podcast shows which help me during the daily commute - 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dynamics 365 monthly reading list April 2018

Technical topics (Configuration, customization and extensibility)

Topics for Dynamics 365 business analysts, project managers, power and end users

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Azure Data Factory v2 supports new data connectors for Salesforce Marketing and Oracle Responsys

Microsoft recently announced that Azure Data Factory (v2 functionality in preview) now enables you to copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Oracle Responsys by using Copy Activity. These two connectors are currently available in ADF copy activity authoring user interface.

For more information, see the Salesforce Marketing Cloud connector and Oracle Responsys connector articles. And you can always find the full supported connector list from supported data stores.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Update on Activity Log Management for Dynamics 365

Update: thanks to @powerobjects and for directing me to the new documentation (Posted updated on April 13th based on this info)

Last summer Microsoft announced a number of updates on the way that auditing functionality would be made available as outlined in Dynamics 365 July 2017 update: activity logging and session management for security and compliance . A couple of weeks ago Microsoft, updated their official documentation on these two features:
In this post I will focus on the new activity log management functionality, which extends the existing auditing functionality in Dynamics 365 with support for auditing on all data and all operations (including admin operations), with near real-time support, out of the box SIEM integration (Security Information and Event Management systems which provide real-time monitoring, correlation of events, alerting, etc ...) and seamless integration with Office 365 and Azure. Since auditing occurs at the SDK layer of Dynamics 365, much more data is available than just activities.

It is important to notice that the documentation states that this feature might change as well as limited availability so it might be that on your Office 365 tenant the functionality is not available (yet).

The only recently updated Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) security and compliance planning guide also does not (yet) make a mention of this functionality within the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center.

I however briefly looked into the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center in one of the tenants that  I administer, and  listed below are a number of my findings:

Figure 1. Pre-configured Dynamics 365 audit log search reports.

Figure 2. Auditing settings screen when activity logging is enabled.
The documentation gives already a good indication on the way that Microsoft will proceed with this new functionality so I’m really eager to get my hands on this and see how this functionality can be used. In the meanwhile you might also take a look at the Actionable Audit App (Appsource) to access audit logs functionality as an alternative to see if it covers your specific needs and requirements.


Dynamics 365 monthly reading list March 2018

Technical topics (Configuration, customization and extensibility)
Topics for Dynamics 365 business analysts, project managers, power users and end users