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  • We need to deploy our Dynamics CRM 2011 on-premise on a single server running SBS 2008 Premium (our funds are limited). It must be accessible from the internet, i.e. it has to use IFD with ADFS. We can either purchase an SSL certificate or use a generated one. The same server must also host our active directory. We are not hosting our company website on that server but through a 3rd party. I have searched on this but since this is not a supported setup I can't find too much information but it seems others have done it. Considering this, I wonder how much it would cost for somebody to either set this up and provide instructions (so we could repeat it later on if necessary) or provide clear step-by-step instructions with screenshots for everything and then if we run into problems (hopefully not if the instructions are good) help out. Has somebody used such services and how much was it?
    Monday, January 30, 2012 11:24 PM

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  • Having CRM on an SBS 2008 Server with Active Directory is a supported scenario according to the implementation guide.  This is the only scenario where installing CRM on an Active Directory controller is supported.

    Your problem will be ADFS, for CRM ADFS 2.0 is required and ADFS must be installed on the Default Website - there is no choice on this. I think, if I remember correctly, that SBS also uses the default website so a second server may be essential if you want to use IFD. However, if you do setup a second server (which could a virtual server) then it may be better to move CRM onto the second server with ADFS.

    Once you have the required infrastructure I would have thought a couple of days of consultancy would be sufficient to have someone install CRM 2011 and configure IFD.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:44 PM
  • If cost and infrastructure are an issue, why not just use CRM Online?

    Almost guaranteed it would be cheaper in the short run versus the man-hours of trying to get IFD working on SBS, and in the long run versus downtime due to unexpected issues.

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    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:56 PM