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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New XrmToolBox version : v1.2015.5.6

A new version of XrmToolBox is available! No new tools from me but some bug fixes and enhancements. The release note is available here.

Just be aware that plugins are now stored in a subfolder “Plugins” in “XrmToolBox” folder. This is to ensure XrmToolBox.exe is found easily in the main folder. If you are a XrmToolBox plugin developer and your plugin is storing its own settings file, then please check if everything is still working.

Other plugins

Maybe you already know it but XrmToolBox github wiki page lists available plugins for XrmToolBox. Some new plugins were added lately so please have a look here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

XrmToolBox first release on Github!

Hi XrmToolBox friends,

Today is a big day for XrmToolBox! First release on Github has been published and I have a lot of news to announce!

XrmToolBox on Github

I already made this announcement before but that’s official now, with this first release, XrmToolBox is hosted on Github and CodePlex project won’t receive updates anymore.

You can reach this project on Github by following this link (or read following announcement)

XrmToolBox home page

XrmToolBox has its own home page now! You can bookmark It has never been easier to find where XrmToolBox resides!

If you are a XrmToolBox plugin developer, and you want me to provide you a subdomain of, just ask (you can see the FetchXml Builder example here :  .

New tool: FLS Bulk Updater!

I don’t know if you already faced this scenario but I had to update 10 Field Security Profiles with more than 300 Fields Permissions. And it was a nightmare… Ok, you can select multiple Fields Permissions for one profile and update them in bulk. But you still have to open each Field Security Profile… boring…

FLS Bulk Updater displays all Field Security Profiles, and all Fields Permissions. You just have to tick profiles and fields you want to update and select properties to apply. Click on “Update FLS”, you’re done!


You can also check properties for one Field Security Profile by selecting it in the profiles list.

XrmToolBox development

XrmToolBox includes three new interfaces that helps you to add shortcuts to your own CodePlex or Github projects and to add PayPal donations links (like XrmToolBox does).


To download the latest release, go to XrmToolBox Github project releases page

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

XrmToolBox new version : Welcome CRM 2015

XrmToolBox previous version was a great success : More than 5K downloads, 13 ratings with an average rate of 4,7/5.

So today, I’m proud to release a new version of XrmToolBox. This is kind of a major version since a lot of changes are included in this release. Please read blow

CRM 2015 and .Net Framework 4.5.2

This release is the version of XrmToolBox to use CRM 2015 SDK assemblies. That means plugins for XrmToolBox can now uses new capabilities of CRM 2015 SDK (of course, it can still connect to CRM 2011 and 2013). That means above all that XrmToolBox now requires .Net Framework 4.5.2.

When launching this new version, if your computer does not contain this version of .Net Framework, you will be prompt to download and install it.

Signed assemblies

Thanks to which provides free code signing certificate to Microsoft MVP’s, files that are shipped with XrmToolBox package are now all digitally signed. That means you can check if files your are using with XrmToolBox come from me and were not altered by another developer.

To check this, just look at file properties


Updated version checker

If you are using XrmToolBox previous version, you should already have received a notification about this new version. I updated this dialog box to display also a “What’s new“ section. This allows you to check what are the new features before going to CodePlex download page.


Other updates among others

Here are some of the other updates (for a complete list, go to download page):

  • The rate of the latest version of XrmToolBox on CodePlex is now displayed on the main application
  • When closing XrmToolBox, if plugins are opened, you are prompted for a confirmation
  • You can close XrmToolBox plugins with a middle click on tabs
  • All MscrmTools plugins have been migrated to the new development model from Daryl Labar


As usual, you can download latest version on CodePlex

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New XrmToolBox release : control your plugins list easily

Today, I released a new version of XrmToolBox. No new tool in this release but you now have the possibility to select the plugins to display and the ones to hide (without removing them from the XrmToolBox folder).

Here is the option dialog


This version includes also improvements for some tool.

Check the download page on CodePlex to view a list of improvements

Next release will probably support Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 (even if this version should be able to connect to this version, not tested yet)

Friday, November 21, 2014

New XrmToolBox plugins : FetchXmlBuilder and Solution History

This is a great time for XrmToolBox! A lot of external plugins for XrmToolBox are coming from everywhere!!

Well, they are two new plugins but they are amazing:

Just click on the link to go to their CodePlex projects and download them

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Such a great family!

I’m currently in Seattle for a dedicated CRM MVP Summit, and look who’s there? All the CRM MVP family!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What’s new in XrmToolBox world

If you are using the latest version of XrmToolBox, then you should see this popup when launching it
This was the super cool hidden feature of the previous version! It works (I’m relieved…)
In this new release of XrmToolBox, there is three new features, as described below
Optimization in plugin development
Thanks to Daryl LaBar, one of the developer of other XrmToolBox plugins, the way to develop plugins for XrmToolBox has never been so easy. All you have to do is to create a user control that inherits from PluginBase class. All the connectivity is handle by the base class and you just have to focus on what your tool should do.
Daryl added also helper classes to handle asynchronous call in a really easy way. Read his blog article on this topic.
The documentation on CodePlex project page explains how to use the new development model.
A new tool : Metadata Browser
Even if Microsoft delivers a metadata browser solution in the CRM SDK package, it is just a pain to install this solution in each organization I am working on. So I developed a XrmToolBox plugin that does the same job : allows you to browse metadata from your organization. It’s a first version and I may have forgotten some features but I think it’s quite complete.
How does it work?
The first action of the tool is to retrieve the list of entities
By double clicking on an item, you can then see the metadata for the selected entity
You can browse all set of metadata included attributes, relationships and privileges. You can also see these items in lists for better reading
Again, when double clicking on an item, its properties are displayed in a property grid
To come back to previous screen, just click on button “Hide Panel”
You will have the possibility to select columns you want to display in lists and their order. This configuration will be saved to avoid to reconfigure the layout you want each time.
As usual, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex
Another new tool : User Settings Utility
This one was asked by my fellow MVP Scott Sewell. It allows to update user personal settings in bulk like this solution does.
Again, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex