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Export a solution for a specific CRM version

Dynamics CRM 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Spring '14

Each new version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM will contain capabilities not found in earlier versions. Solutions that use new capabilities can’t be imported into a lower version organization. Solutions exported from older version organizations can be imported into newer version organizations.

After you upgrade the organization you use to define your solution you can still export a solution that targets an earlier version. When you select a lower target version any solution components that depend on capabilities introduced since that version won’t be included in the solution you export.

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You can’t select an earlier version when you export the default solution.

Target a specific version when you export a solution

When you export a solution from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 or CRM Online Spring ‘14 (version 6.1) you will have the option to target the solution for a specific CRM version. For Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 and CRM Online Spring ‘14 the options are 6.1 (default) and 6.0. When you choose 6.0, any new capabilities introduced in version 6.1 will not be included in the exported solution and any organizations still using version 6.0 will be able to install the solution.

When you export your solution to target an earlier version the export dialog can display two possible messages:

This solution supports the target CRM version
This means that the solution components in your solution do not depend on any capabilities or solution components introduced since that version.

The following components are removed or modified as part of the export
Below this message a table lists the solution component items that were modified or not included in the exported solution.

The information visible in the dialog can also be found in the exported solution file. When you export a solution to target a specific version, the name of the file will specify the target solution using the following naming convention:Solution Name_Solution_Version_Number_target_CRM_Target CRM version number.zip. For example, an unmanaged solution with the name Sample Solution with solution version 2.0 that is exported to target version 6.0 will have the name SampleSolution_2_0_target_CRM_6.0.zip. When you extract the contents of this compressed file you will find a filteredcomponents.xml file containing data detailing which actions were performed. You can open this file using Excel to view a report of which solution components were edited or removed.

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When you export a solution from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 or CRM Online Spring ‘14 (version 6.1) and your solution has dependencies on features included with the enhanced service capabilities your solution exported for version 6.1 will not install in an organization that has not installed the product updates because the system solution including those enhanced service capability features will not be present. More information: Detect enhanced service capabilities available with product updates

If your solution does not depend on the enhanced service capabilities, you should export your solution from a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 or CRM Online Spring ‘14 (version 6.1) environment which does not have product updates installed. More information: Generate a new organization without product updates installed.

What changes are applied to a solution exported for an earlier version?

Starting with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 releases, each type of solution component has an IntroducedVersion property. This value captures the current version number of the solution that the solution component was associated with when it was created. All solution components introduced by Microsoft are part of a hidden system solution where the version number corresponds with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM version.

 

IntroducedVersion Value Solution components introduced

5.0.0.0

Before Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13

6.0.0.0

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13

6.1.0.0

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 and CRM Online Spring ‘14

The IntroducedVersion data is used when exporting the solution to match the target version. This can result in three possible actions:

Remove
Solution components that did not exist in the target version or contains dependencies on components that can’t work with the target version won’t be added to the solution.

Modify
When a solution component has a dependency on a solution component that is removed, when possible, the solution component will be modified to remove the dependency. For example, if a form definition references an attribute that did not exist in that version; the form will be modified to remove that reference. If the solution component cannot be modified to remove the dependency the solution component will be removed.

Replace
When a solution component existed in the targeted version but was modified to have a dependency on a solution component that will be removed, that solution component may be replaced with the definition of the solution component that was defined for the targeted version.

Select a target version programmatically

Use the ExportSolutionRequest to export a solution programmatically. For Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 this message has a new optional TargetVersionString property you can use to set to “6.0.0.0” if you wish to export to the earlier version.

See Also

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
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