View Layout Replicator CRM Online Tool – Oh Ya!

View Replicator CRM Tool

I was working on customizing a CRM online system today. Part of the change was to adjust the various views of several entities, so I thought I would try out the View Replicator that was developed by one of our fave Dynamics CRM MVP’s, Tanguy, and is available on Codeplex.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of this CRM tool. I’m using the Account entity as my example.

First, I updated the Account entity’s view, “My Active Accounts,” to meet the design requirements and saved my changes.

My Active Accounts

Next, I opened the View Replicator and connected to the CRM online organization. In order to connect to a CRM Organization, you need to complete a couple of fields in the Connection wizard:

First, give your connection a name and then, for CRM online, select the Custom Authentication option and select the CRM online checkbox. Enter the login live id that you use to access CRM online, enter your password and enter for the Server Name if your online Organization is hosted in North America. You will see the other Server Name options available when you select the Server Name field.

Connection dialog in CRM online<

Next select the Get Orgs button and select the Organization from the list returned.

Get Orgs button in Connection dialog

At this point you will receive a prompt that asks you if you want to connect, select Yes and you should receive a message stating Connection Successful.

Successful connection in CRM tool

You are now ready to load the entity you want to customize. You do this by selecting the Load Entity button.

Load Entity button

and select the entity that you want to customize. In this example, I want to replicate the My Active Accounts View so I selected Account as the entity and My Active Accounts from the Source View option.

View layout replicator for Dynamics CRM 2011

As you can see, the view displayed is exactly as I customized it. You also get a nice view of the xml as well. Now to replicate. In order to replicate the My Active Accounts view to the other Account views, all I need to do is select the Views from the Target View list.

Selecting views in CRM online

I selected all of the Views to meet the design requirements then selected Save Views and Publish from the top menu. I then checked the CRM online Organization to confirm that the changes were made.

How wonderful is that and what a time saver! I just updated more than 10 views in a matter of minutes. Not only is it a time saver, but refreshing as well because if you are like me, updating views one-by-one is tedious.

So, what are your thoughts on the simple set up of View Replicator? Have any questions on the customization of other Microsoft Dynamics CRM tools? Please ask me your questions or give me your feedback in the comments below.

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