CRM 2011 Hands on Lab topics for Convergence

The list of topics for the Dynamics CRM 2011 hands-on labs has been published so I thought I would share with you. They will look familiar if you took the CRM 2011 ISV/metro course, as they appear to be the same labs. The good news is, that was a great course to get a good overview of all the new stuff in Dynamics CRM 2011.

  • HLCRM30 Self-guided tour of Dynamics CRM 2011 for New Users. In this lab, you will explore Dynamics CRM 2011 and get familiar with the user interface. This lab is intended for users new to Dynamics CRM. You will get an overview of new features such as visualizations and the Ribbon and a basic understanding of Dynamics CRM 2011.
  • HLCRM31 Self-guided tour of what’s new in Dynamics CRM 2011 for Existing CRM Users.  In this lab, you will explore what is new in Dynamics CRM 2011. This lab is intended for current users of CRM 4.0 to get them familiar with CRM 2011. This lab is an overview and many of these topics are covered in detail on a separate hands on lab.
  • HLCRM32 Solution Packaging.  In this lab, you will explore the new Solution capabilities in Dynamics CRM 2011. You will use the solution editor to package, install and uninstall solutions. You will also use the built-in tools to identify and take advantage of the dependency-tracking framework
  • HLCRM33 User Experience Extensibility.  In this lab you will begin to explore the user experience related extensibility of Dynamics CRM 2011. You will extend Dynamics CRM 2011 by customizing the ribbon, implementing filtered lookups and creating and using Web Resources. Additionally you will use Silverlight technology as part of the solution. Launch Lab
  • HLCRM34 Building Data Charts, Dashboards & Reports.  In this lab, you’ll explore the new data charting, dashboard and reporting capabilities in Dynamics CRM 2011. You will see how to add charts and drilldowns including date time charts to visualize operational data. You will learn how multiple visualizations can be rolled-up into dashboards that are either system wide or user specific. Using the extensibility capabilities, you will customize the built-in visualizations. You will learn how to report on this data too.
  • HLCRM35 Accessing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 using WCF.  Dynamics CRM 2011 introduces a new WCF interface for working with data, services and metadata. In this lab we will build a Client that runs as a WPF application that will demonstrate using the WCF interface including the generation of client side types to perform common operations on entities, both custom and existing, in Dynamics CRM 2011.
  • HLCRM36 Accessing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 using LINQ.  Dynamics CRM 2011 introduces a new Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) provider for working with data. In this lab you will modify a Client that runs as a WPF application that uses WCF interface and convert it to use the features of the new Dynamics CRM 2011 LINQ Provider
  • HLCRM37 Creating Plug-ins for Dynamics CRM 2011.  In this lab you will use CRM 2011 Plug-ins to perform an action on the create and update events of records. You also use the new transaction feature in Plug-ins to group operations on multiple entities and to roll back these operations as a group on failure.
  • HLCRM38 Dialogs.  Dialogs is a new feature of CRM 2011 joining the Processes capabilities. Dialogs are best used for guided processes where the user is prompted with a question provides a response and decisions are made about the next steps by the dialog process. In this lab you will build a Dialog, query existing CRM data from the Dialog, build child dialogs and start a dialog from the Ribbon UI.
  • HLCRM39 Building Workflows with Dynamics CRM 2011.  In this lab you’ll explore the new workflow capabilities in Dynamics CRM 2011 that are made possible by the use of Windows Workflow Foundation 4(WF4). You will learn how the Web Based workflow designer can be used to design workflows and how these workflows can be exported as XAML for modification by a developer.
  • HLCRM40 Role Based UI, Field Level Security and Using JQuery and Odata.  In this lab you will learn about the rich security features in Dynamics CRM 2011 that allow security restrictions to be flowed through to individual controls in the user interface. You’ll also learn about a feature called Role Based Forms that allows a specific view of an entity to be presented to a user based on their role. In the second half of the lab you’ll learn about the rich client side extensibility that is available through the use of the client side APIs, the OData end point and the use of the common JQuery JavaScript library.
  • HLCRM41 Silverlight.  In this lab you will learn how to build a Silverlight application and deploy it to CRM. You will build a Silverlight application that will be used as a custom control on a form and have that control interact with data on the CRM Form. Finally you will generate typed classes from Odata endpoint for accessing CRM data within the Silverlight application.
  • HLCRM42 Azure Service Bus Integration.  Dynamics CRM 2011 includes out of the box support for communications over the Service Bus. In this Lab you will learn how to configure CRM 2011 to use the .NET Service Bus using the out of the box Service Bus Plugin.
  • HLCRM43 Posting your Solutions to the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace.  The Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace is where Partners & Developers can upload their Dynamics CRM solutions. Please note that the steps in the lab may take several days in order to complete. Follow along until you hit a waiting point, and then read the rest of the lab so you are prepared when the time comes. Use this as a reference when you need it.

I hope to see you there!

Stephen V Noe, MCITP-CRMx3, MCT

About stephenvnoe

CRM & XRM solution architect and project lead. I provide CRM design, services, mentoring & support to all manner of front office solutions and CRM projects.
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