Developer Ramp up Kit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

Microsoft Corporation

Updated July 2010


This article contains links to presentations and labs to help developers use their existing .NET skills to build on top of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 platform.

Applies To

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0


This kit is for .NET-based developers who want to ramp up and build on top of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 uses familiar components such as Web Service endpoints, Windows Workflow Foundation, SSRS reporting, and more; making it a general purpose platform for any line-of-business applications. Developers can use their existing .NET skills to take advantage of various features of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. This kit drills into the details of such development and explains how developers can connect, extend, and embed with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. It includes presentations, hands-on labs and a VPC environment for practicing. This content was delivered earlier as part of the Metro Early Adopter initiative and the video recordings of the ramp-up presentations are included as well. Familiarity with the .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual C#, Microsoft JScript, Microsoft SQL Server and general Web development is recommended.

Presentation Description Video

Module 1: Introduction to Developing With Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

Introduces the concepts for developing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Module 1 Video

Module 2: Entity Relationships

Describes the new relationship types that can be created by using this version.

Module 2 Video

Module 3: Accessing the Service using Web Services

Covers the Web services, different authentication methods for each kind of installation, multi-tenancy, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.

Module 3 Video

Module 4: Web Application and Client Extensibility

Explains how to integrate custom pages into the user interface, SiteMap customization, IFRAMEs, and Jscript.

Module 4 Video

Module 5: Plug-ins

Describes how to extend the product functionality with custom code that is triggered either before or after an event.

Module 5 Video

Module 6: Workflow

Explains the new workflow features both in the Web application and the extension mechanisms provided in the SDK.

Module 6 Video

Module 7: Working Offline

Covers aspects of the SDK that can work in a disconnected environment.

Module 7 Video

Module 8: Reporting

Describes the new reporting features.

Module 8 Video

Module 9: Analytics and Business Intelligence

Covers filtered views, dashboards, and more.

Module 9 Video

Module 10: Metadata Access

Explains how to use the new write APIs for making changes to the metadata.

Module 10 Video

Module 11: Deployment and System Management

Covers e-mail setup and the new deployment features.

Module 11 Video

Module 12: Extension and Manageability

Describes new performance counters, MOM, and ISV certification.

Module 12 Video

VPC Image

Updated July 2010. Contains a differencing disk from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC image available on PartnerSource. The VPC image is used for the on-premise hands-on labs.


Labs for On-Premise

Updated July 2010. Contains twelve labs that work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.



These videos were recorded during an instructor-led training (ILT) event in Redmond, WA. Though the slides on the video refer to the CTP3 build of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, the information also applies to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 RTM release. Also note that the Microsoft Office PowerPoint files and the lab manuals in this page are updated for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 RTM release.

Additional Information

Download the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) from the MSDN Developer Center.

Send Us Your Feedback about this Article

We appreciate hearing from you. To send your feedback, click the following link and type your comments in the message body.


The subject-line information is used to route your feedback. If you remove or modify the subject line we may be unable to process your feedback.

Send Feedback