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Hacking Your Way to Server-Side Code with Dynamics 365 Portals – Just Like Microsoft!

One of the big things we’ve talked about during the transition from Adxstudio Portals v7 to the Portal Capabilities for Dynamics 365 v8 is losing the ability to include server-side code in your website project. There are ways around this limitation – typically we recommend using a Dynamics 365 Portals Companion App. However, there is another technique, which we’ve always considered a bit of a hack, but not only does it work, Microsoft is using the technique in their own Portals. So if they can do it, why not us?

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Updates to the June 2018 Release of the Portal Capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365

In last week’s post I talked about the release of v9 of the Portals, and mentioned that there didn’t seem to be any new features. Since then a new revision has been released (v9.0.6.7), and the release notes have been updated to include three new features.

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Taking Advantage of the Portals Source Code Release for Traditional v8 Portals Projects

In a previous blog post I mentioned how it can be useful to use the Portals Source Code release to actually step through Portal source code in a debugger. However, there are more great uses for the Portals source code, even if you are using the official Microsoft-hosted option.

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New Releases of Portal Capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365

I hadn’t gotten the chance to post about the v8.4.1 release of the Portal Capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics 365, and another new one is already out! So I’ll take this opportunity to talk about v8.4.1, which was released in mid-April and includes a couple major enhancements: accessibility for the out-of-the-box portals, and the ability to search within web file and knowledge base article attachments, as well as v8.4.2, which was released in May and includes some bug fixes.

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Thoughts on Dynamics 365 Spring Release 2018, CDS 2.0 and Portals

Last month Microsoft unveiled the Spring Release 2018 of Dynamics 365. While there were a lot of interesting items in the announcement (Marketing, Embedded Intelligence, PowerBI Insights apps), the one that I’m most excited about is the latest release of Common Data Service (CDS), version 2.0. In this post I’ll provide my thoughts on this latest update, as well as what it might mean for the Portal capabilities of Dynamics 365.

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