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  • Hi,

    I am new in Dynamics CRM and I have basic question. What is the best way to set a dev environment? I have experience with other CRMs where always I have minimum two servers:  dev & production. Every new change that has been made on dev and was tested was exported and imported on prod. Could you write how does it look in Dynamics? What is the short and the best way to develop CRM - client scripts/UI/Processes ? How to move changes from srv to another?

    Best Regards,


    Thursday, February 4, 2016 3:24 PM

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  • CRM supports multiple organisations on one server, and each organisation has its own independent database. Therefore the simplest approach is to have a dev and a production organisation on the same server. You can transfer customisations (which includes client script and plugins) between them by exporting a solution from dev, and importing into production.

    You take go for further isolation by installing separate deployments (i.e. servers) for dev and production, and you can use the same export/import process in this scenario. For this architecture you would need 2 separate SQL Server instances

    Microsoft CRM MVP - http://mscrmuk.blogspot.com/ http://www.excitation.co.uk

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 5:53 PM
  • Thank you very much for answer. What about the changes in UI in Forms? Can I export them as well?
    Friday, February 5, 2016 7:26 AM
  • Yes, form UI changes are included in the customisations

    Microsoft CRM MVP - http://mscrmuk.blogspot.com/ http://www.excitation.co.uk

    Friday, February 5, 2016 11:02 AM
  • Hi,

    Just a quick comment on David's answer. If you run the SQL server instances on the same SQL machine you will need a separate Reporting Services machine for each instance. One can be run on the SQL server and then another machine.


    Rickard Norström Developer CRM-Konsulterna
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    Monday, February 8, 2016 2:39 PM