Tuesday, 11 February 2014

CRM 2013 Deployment Utilities for TFS Build

I have updated CRMCommandLineUtilities to support CRM 2013 Online deployment automation with TFS. This was a codeplex project by Ryan Corrigal which helped me a lot to implement CRM 2011 on premises automated deployments with TFS.


You can find the updated command line utilities @ http://sdrv.ms/1h9lzJW (Code is not yet perfect since some hardcoded values for timeouts.)


To use this easily with TFS build, in the LabDefaultTemplate deployment step, use the command
cmd /c $(BuildLocation)\Deploy_QA.bat $(BuildLocation)


Or if you are using TFS 2013, you can directly execute PowerShell script from the build to invoke command line utilities for CRM.
More information on Zip Files with builds and Deployment Scripts are in my previous posts


Useful Powershell Scripts and .bat files are here


http://sdrv.ms/1bKdCmM, http://sdrv.ms/1bKdTpF, http://sdrv.ms/1bKdZh0


I will update more usage info in future posts. The final goal would be to achieve something similar to below.




The error messages displayed in the build screenshot above are handled and they are coming when verifying the async process status, due to CRM online service sql timeouts. But this is ok since the import continues and finally status check confirms 30 for process succeeded. Immediately afterwards Publish attempt may fail and I have introduced retry mechanism to make sure publish successful.



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