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  • can anyone please explain the difference between MSCRM Internet Facing Deployment and the external connector, thank you.

     

     


    AAVI
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:15 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    External Connecter

    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM External Connector enables customers to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM to their external users such as customers, partners, suppliers, and end users who access a copy of the server software (for which a license was acquired), through any application/graphical user interface (GUI), other than the Microsoft Dynamics CRM client. “External Users” are users who are not either (i) your or your affiliates’ employees, or (ii) your or your affiliates’ onsite contractors or agents, External users also does not include hosted-software service users, such as those already licensing via the Microsoft Service Provider License (SPLA).

    An External Connector must be purchased for each server that hosts an application that provides external access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM data as described above. External users should not be using the Microsoft Dynamics CRM applications & GUIs directly. The alternative is for every external user to acquire a CAL. Further informaiton you may refer: http://varghesedanny.com/2011/06/20/crm-2011-external-connector/

    Internet Facing Deployment

    Has nothign to do with licensing but allows user to access CRM via Form Based Authenticaiton (in CRM 2011 also supports Claim Based Authentication) instead of Windows Authentication login pormpt. Also allows to configure the session timeout settings and allows outlook users to connect over WAN with CRM via direct internet connection without VPN connectivity (windows authenticaiton based onnectivity requires a LAN conneciton or Virtual Private Network conenction)

    This does not only mean that you have to choose between the normal AD logon and the grace of IFD, you can have both. For further informaiton you may refer: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/01/13/configuring-ifd-with-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011.aspx


    Jehanzeb Javeed

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    • Proposed as answer by Jehanzeb.Javeed Friday, July 8, 2011 6:26 PM
    • Marked as answer by AAVI Friday, July 8, 2011 6:31 PM
    • Edited by Jehanzeb.Javeed Friday, July 8, 2011 6:32 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:25 PM
  • Yes you can use. For details you may refer:

    CRM 4

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948779

    CRM 2011

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/01/13/configuring-ifd-with-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011.aspx  

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    • Marked as answer by AAVI Monday, July 11, 2011 4:13 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:34 PM

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  • Hi,

    External Connecter

    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM External Connector enables customers to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM to their external users such as customers, partners, suppliers, and end users who access a copy of the server software (for which a license was acquired), through any application/graphical user interface (GUI), other than the Microsoft Dynamics CRM client. “External Users” are users who are not either (i) your or your affiliates’ employees, or (ii) your or your affiliates’ onsite contractors or agents, External users also does not include hosted-software service users, such as those already licensing via the Microsoft Service Provider License (SPLA).

    An External Connector must be purchased for each server that hosts an application that provides external access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM data as described above. External users should not be using the Microsoft Dynamics CRM applications & GUIs directly. The alternative is for every external user to acquire a CAL. Further informaiton you may refer: http://varghesedanny.com/2011/06/20/crm-2011-external-connector/

    Internet Facing Deployment

    Has nothign to do with licensing but allows user to access CRM via Form Based Authenticaiton (in CRM 2011 also supports Claim Based Authentication) instead of Windows Authentication login pormpt. Also allows to configure the session timeout settings and allows outlook users to connect over WAN with CRM via direct internet connection without VPN connectivity (windows authenticaiton based onnectivity requires a LAN conneciton or Virtual Private Network conenction)

    This does not only mean that you have to choose between the normal AD logon and the grace of IFD, you can have both. For further informaiton you may refer: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/01/13/configuring-ifd-with-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011.aspx


    Jehanzeb Javeed

    http://worldofdynamics.blogspot.com
    Linked-In Profile |CodePlex Profile

    If you find this post helpful then please "Vote as Helpful" and "Mark As Answer".

    • Proposed as answer by Jehanzeb.Javeed Friday, July 8, 2011 6:26 PM
    • Marked as answer by AAVI Friday, July 8, 2011 6:31 PM
    • Edited by Jehanzeb.Javeed Friday, July 8, 2011 6:32 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:25 PM
  • Thanks Jehanzeb ...can we deploy IFD and On Pemise simultaneously in one environment?
    AAVI
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:31 PM
  • Yes you can use. For details you may refer:

    CRM 4

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948779

    CRM 2011

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2011/01/13/configuring-ifd-with-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2011.aspx  

    Please Mark as Answer if helps.


    Jehanzeb Javeed

    http://worldofdynamics.blogspot.com
    Linked-In Profile |CodePlex Profile

    If you find this post helpful then please "Vote as Helpful" and "Mark As Answer".
    • Proposed as answer by Jehanzeb.Javeed Friday, July 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    • Marked as answer by AAVI Monday, July 11, 2011 4:13 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2011 6:34 PM
  • Thankch Jehanzeb ... most appreciated
    AAVI
    Monday, July 11, 2011 4:13 PM

  • I have very basic query to you, How to implement the External Connector. I can not find it in the CRM SDK.

    What i understand is that External Connector is a kind of license which can be used to access the CRM data from external webpage, like portals.
    While creating the web service, in the connection string i was passing my credentials (I am CRM user)..
    In the case of external connector what would be connection string.
    Basically how to use the external connector, how to test it out whether it is licensed or not?
    Puneet Joshi
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:31 PM