Microsoft CRM SDK
Welcome to the Microsoft® Business Solutions CRM Software Development Kit (SDK). This SDK contains a wealth of resources, including code samples, that are designed to help you build powerful vertical applications using the Microsoft CRM platform. For a brief introduction to the Microsoft CRM architecture and its key components, see Overview.
The Microsoft CRM SDK also includes documentation that provides a wide range of instructive and practical information. In addition to a comprehensive class library reference, the documentation offers conceptual overviews, integration details, database schemas, and sample code. To help you locate the information that interests you the most, the following sections list the main areas of the documentation.
Before you can use this SDK effectively, it is very important that you have Microsoft CRM installed. To ensure a successful installation, follow the detailed procedures in the Readme and Microsoft Customer Relationship Management Implementation Guide. These documents, located on the Documentation CD, describe the essential steps to setting up the environment prior to installing Microsoft CRM.
For detailed information on changes, see What's New.
|Version 1.4, July 2003|
|Version 1.3, May 2003|
|Version 1.2, April 2003|
|Version 1.1, February 2003|
|Version 1.0, January 2003
The Microsoft CRM SDK Documentation
Offers strategies to help you use this SDK quickly and efficiently.
Summarizes the fundamentals of Microsoft CRM.
Describes the details of the Microsoft CRM security model.
Describes the details of the objects used in the Microsoft CRM SDK.
Describes the methods that you can use to add your own menus and toolbars to the Microsoft CRM application. This section also describes how to open Microsoft CRM forms by using a URL.
Describes the structure of the Common Data Format (CDF) database used to prepare data for migration to Microsoft CRM using the Microsoft CRM Data Migration Framework.
Provides sample code that shows you how to perform some common tasks by using the Microsoft CRM class library.
Provides complete reference documentation for the Microsoft CRM SDK, including the following main sections:
- Class Library
Supplies syntax, code examples, and related information for each class contained in the Microsoft CRM SDK.
- Error Codes
Contains a complete list of error return codes.
Documents the Microsoft CRM metabase schema, the Fetch XML schema, and the ColumnSet schema.
- Workflow Reference
Provides detailed information on how to build custom workflows.
Provides concise definitions for key Microsoft CRM terms.
You can find additional information about Microsoft CRM on the PartnerSource Web site located at
You can also find additional information in the following documents:
Microsoft CRM Getting Started Guide
Provides information to guide you through the initial steps when you begin using Microsoft CRM.
Microsoft CRM Implementation Guide
Provides the step-by-step information you need to implement Microsoft CRM successfully in your organization.
Microsoft CRM Deployment Manager Help
Provides information about how to use Deployment Manager to customize your database schema, manage Microsoft CRM servers, and manage Microsoft CRM licenses.
Microsoft CRM Data Migration Framework Guide
Provides step-by-step instructions for planning data migration and for using the tools in the Data Migration Framework to migrate your data to Microsoft CRM.
Developing with Visual Studio .NET
Find out about designing, developing, debugging, testing, deploying, and managing applications created with Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET. This Web site is located at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/nhp/default.asp?contentid=28000519.
XML Document Object Model
Find out how to work with in-memory XML documents. This information is needed for using many of the methods found in the Microsoft CRM application programming interface (API). This Web site is located at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpguide/html/cpconxmldocumentobjectmodeldom.asp.
Find out about Active Directory®, the Microsoft® Windows® operating system directory service that is designed for distributed computing environments. This Web site is located at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/technologies/directory/ad/default.asp.
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