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  • Hello - I'm going to be starting a new CRM project where the client needs me to hit the ground running.  The client will need me to install CRM for my local environment and I'm assuming other environments as well.

    I'm coming off my first CRM project (6 months) and I feel I can hack it as a CRM developer.  However, I've never installed a CRM environment. I got the impression on my first CRM project that installing CRM was potentially complex/tricky.  I'm not sure how much of this may have been due to external environmental factors or lack of experience of the guy who did the installs.

    So I wanted to get your feedback if you have any experience installing CRM.  How complex is a plain vanilla install of CRM?  Is a plain vanilla install of CRM a typical scenario?  Or have you found that CRM installs often end up becoming more complex/trickier than expected?  As a reference point, I consider a local install of VS2010 to be "plain vanilla."  I can pretty much accept all defaults and keep clicking the Next button and let the installer do its thing.

    Monday, July 1, 2013 8:53 PM

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  • CRM installs are not difficult if you plan ahead and ensure that all the pre-requisites are met. I suggest you read the CRM implementation guide which describes the requirements.

    The main requirements are that you must have a domain (Active Directory), supported SQL Server already up and running with SQL Reporting Services and a server with Windows 2008 64bit or later for the CRM server.

    I'm not sure there is a "vanilla" install of CRM.  The variations will involve how many servers you decide to use (e.g. everything on one server including SQL or separate servers for CRM and SQL).

    Monday, July 1, 2013 10:55 PM
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