Use Hierarchy in Roll Up Fields in Dynamics 365 CRM

Here is the use of Use Hierarchy in Dynamics 365 CRM Roll-up Field’s Use Hierarchy option when defining the logic of the Roll-up fields.


Let’s consider this out-of-the-box scenario where an Opportunity Rolls up Est. Revenue to the Account it is tagged to. Also, that Account also has another Account set in the Parent Account field.

So, the hierarchy here is Account (Parent Account) -> Account (child Account) -> Opportunity

Now, our demonstration of Use Hierarchy will show where does the Open Revenue (field on the Account) should Roll up from it’s own Account or from the Opportunity of the child Account’s Opportunity as well.
You’ll see a Hierarchy Icon to all records that participate –

And when you select either of them, you’ll be able to click on View Hierarchy button on the view’s Ribbon

This will show you how the Accounts are arranged in hierarchy

And here’s where you can access your Hierarchy Settings

Let’s see!

Use Hierarchy in Roll Up fields

Here’s how you would see the option to switch between Use Hierarchy in the Roll Up fields in Dynamics 365 –

Use Hierarchy: YES

Now, assuming this is set to Yes and it selects the OOB relationship that defined this hierarchy

  1. Consider the child Account “Alpine Contoso” (This is a child account of “Alpine Ski House Main“)

  2. And this Account Alpine Contoso has it’s own Opportunity worth of $25K

  3. Now, let’s look at the Alpine Ski House Main‘s Opportunity which is worth $30K

  4. Now, the Open Revenue for this child Account “Alpine Contoso” is $25

  5. However, since we are using Hierarchy as YES and selected the relationship between the self-lookup of Account itself, this value will also add up to the Open Revenue of the parent Account “Alpine Ski House Main” is $30K + $25K = $55K

    Here, we saw that the Open Revenue from the child Account too Rolled up to the Parent Account.

Use Hierarchy: NO

Assuming, the Roll-up field is now set to NO to Use Hierarchy, let’s see the difference on the Parent Account “Alpine Ski House Main” itself.

  1. If we look at the Alpine Ski House Main‘s Open Revenue value, it’ll only have $30K

  2. This $30K belongs to it’s own child Opportunity and not child Account i.e. Alpine Contoso‘s Opportunity.

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Thank you!!

Filter records in a View owned by a Team you are a member of | Dynamics 365 CRM

In Dynamics 365, “My” views show records owned by the System Users themselves. Let’s look at how you can have views that let’s you filter records based on the Owner Team which you are a part of.


Let’s assume the below scenario in terms of Contacts entity. All users have Contacts owned by them. Out-of-the-box views show filter “My” views only by Owner field.

  1. Default My Active Contacts view will show you Contacts you are Owner of. (Similarly, this could apply to every other record as well)
    Example: Amit is logged in and he is seeing his Contacts under My Active Contacts

  2. Now, Amit is also part of a Sales Team which is an Owner Team in Dynamics 365 CRM/CE

  3. And, there is a Contact which is assigned to the Sales Team itself and not an individual user.

    I’ll just expand the header and show you the Owner

  4. So, we’ll make this Contact also appear for Amit on his new My Team(s) Contacts’ view. You can call your view something else as well.
    So let’s see we can do this.

Create a new View – Edit Filter Criteria

In order to make the Owner Team’s record available, we’ll have to work by creating a new view and editing the Filter Criteria of the new view. Let’s see how –

  1. I’ve created a new view called as My Team(s) Contacts. And I’ll start by editing the criteria itself.

  2. Start by selecting Owning Team (Team) under the Related section of the fields selection drop-down.

    Under that, open the drop down to expand it’s related records.

  3. Under Owning Team (Team), look for Users. Notice that it doesn’t have any entity name mentioned in brackets like other fields in the list. Meaning, it is the sub-grid i.e. Child Record list under the Team record.

  4. Once you select the Users, expand the dropdown under Users which will be the fields of the System User record itself.

  5. In this list, select User itself. This is the GUID of the User record. Pro Tip: Any field with the name of the entity itself is a GUID/Primary Key of the entity record itself.

  6. And in this last selection, you’ll notice that the Current User is already selected for you.

  7. That’s it. Save your criteria and publish the changes.
    Let’s see the results.


Now, if you navigate to the new view you created with the selected criteria, you’ll see the records Owned by Teams which the logged in user is a part of –

Caveat – Clubbing into 1 view (Owner + Owning Team’s Member) is not possible

Let me point out a caveat right away before we proceed – In case if you are wondering that we can do this in the same view by adding more ‘Related’ entity criteria which will look like the below – it won’t work! 😦

Because, the Filter Criteria will not consider (or let you select these rows in any order) and let you make it in an OR group.
By Default, this is an AND group i.e. a Field + Related criteria can’t be grouped together.
If you set the above criteria in any order, it’ll end up returning 0 results.

Hope this was useful!

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Thank you!

Dynamics 365 PSA v2 to v3 Upgrade failed? Here’s what to do.

This is a little tricky upgrade from PSA v2 to PSA v3. I’m sure by this time of the year, most of you must have upgraded and this post by me comes a little late than it should.

Here’s my experience and what help from Microsoft Support I needed to complete the Upgrade successfully.

So usually, this is what you expect when you initiate the upgrade process. You go to the Instance Picker from Dynamics 365 Admin Center.

And you can see that you are on PSA v2.4.x version and the New version available is 3.10.x. When you kick off, it starts running
But, it fails like this.

Let’s take a stab at it!

I usually prefer to go with the old school classic Instance Picker, if you want to have a quick access to it, check this post – D365 Admin Center: Instance Picker Link

Solution Health Hub

Note: Please be aware that below mentioned steps that involve Project Service & Project Service Upgrade Rule Set can only be provisioned by Microsoft Support and we need to create a Support Request with Microsoft for them to provide this Rule Set. These comes in a Managed Solution Microsoft Support installs from their end into your environment.

  1. Assuming Microsoft Support has enabled this Rule Set for your organization, you can go to Solution Health Hub
  2. Then, select either Project Service or Project Service Upgrade
  3. It will automatically run asynchronously as and when you create it. It should display results in a few moments.
    In this case, my failures were that Resource Requirement records didn’t have Hours & Resources were not filled in. Some Project Tasks didn’t have Project attached to them which resulted in corrupted PSA data according to the Rule Set and hence, the upgrade fails.
  4. Now, in my case, I cleaned this data manually. Post that, I created another Analysis Job to ensure that there are no more failures.
    Also, there’s another Rule that isn’t mentioned here but is a reason for failure. That is – Project Name (msdyn_Subject) should NOT be Blank. Use Advanced Find to find these records and correct manually.  Please ensure this manually as it won’t appear here. 
  5. Now, there’s a workflow called as Update User Work History. It should have shown 3.3 or higher in the version to select, unfortunately, this will come once the upgrade fails 1 time.
  6. Now, you are all set to kick off Upgrade Once again. It will fail due to the incorrect workflow mentioned above in #5.
  7. Now, you can go back and check that workflow, it should have the correct version appearing (due to the partial upgrade that happened in #6 above, which eventually failed)
    Set this to 3.3 and Activate the workflow again.
  8. Now, trigger the Update to PSA v3 one more time. And this time it should go through correctly.
    installedPlease note, due to constant upgrades in the platform/PSA, there could still be some undetected issues which could result in failure. Hence, I tried to put what I experienced in general.

    Post this, also ensure that all SDK Message Process Steps and related Workflows related to PSA are enabled.

In case you are also looking to find out about dependencies about failed Solution Upgrades, you can check this post too – Check Managed Solution failures in Solution History in D365 CE

Hope this helps!

Enable/Disable the need to Approve Email for Mailboxes in Dynamics 365 CRM CE

This is one of the most useful common scenarios where you have to approach a Global Administrator every time to Approve Emails. Even when you want to create a few Queues or test Mailboxes on a non-production environment.

I would recommend this to be used only on Sandbox instance and let Production instance have this layer of approval of Global Administrators, but then it depends what you want to have. 🙂


Approve Email

Every time, you want to enable a mailbox for Server Side Synchronization, you are asked to Approve Email.
(If you want to enable Server Side Sync for enabling D365 App For Outlook, check this post Summarizing D365 App For Outlook Setup in 3 steps with Exchange Online mailbox)


And even if you try to Test & Enable the mailbox, you’ll see the error as This mailbox is disabled for email processing.

And you get the error as IncomingEmailS2SApprovalNeeded. Let’s look at how even System Administrators who aren’t Global Admins can enable Mailboxes.



Disable Approve Email for Mailboxes & Queues

So, if you want to not have each mailbox need an Approval from Global Administrator, go to Settings in site map > Administration > System Settings > Email tab
In the above screenshot, you select which of the mailboxes or queues or both, you want to allow to process emails without approval. Now, I want to only disable the need for approval for Queues and keep the users as is.

But doing so myself, gives me the following error

That’s because, to disable this, you’ll need a Global Administrator once. Once they disable this, if you have the appropriate rights to Test & Enable Mailbox, you can directly Test & Enable a mailbox even though the error message is still displayed on the Mailbox after disabling this feature.
The mailbox for the Queue is now active.

In case you are also looking to create a Support Queue for your organization, you can check this post Create a support Queue in D365 CE.

Hope this helps!!

Easier template selection & Manage Activities with ease in Dynamics 365 | 2020 Wave 1 Feature

Easier template selection and a improved Activities management view are pretty important features that got added in this 2020 Wave 1 Early Access. Here’s what they are!

Disclaimer: Before we proceed, please note that this is a part of the Wave 1 2020 Early Access. We can’t be sure if this will make it to the final release. Also, you can enable Early Access into your Sandbox instance only and test since it’s not recommended for Production at this point.

Easier Template Selection

Now, you can preview how the Email will look like before you select the template in the Activities
First, you need to click on Insert Template once you select the recipient of the Email

And you can preview what each applicable template will look like before making the selection

And when you select Apply Template, it was applied to the actual email.

Please note that this is only in Dynamics 365 and doesn’t translate the same to Dynamics 365 App For Outlook’s Add Template feature. By the way, if you’re looking to set up D365 App For Outlook, please check these related posts –

Summarizing D365 App For Outlook Setup in 3 steps with Exchange Online mailbox

Using Templates from D365 CE in D365 App For Outlook

Old Template Selection

Old Template selection was just selecting the Template itself and you had to rely on your knowledge of what template to use from your system

Manage Activities with Ease

Now, with the 2020 Wave 1 Updates, you can now manage your Activities with ease. Simply by going into Activities, you can directly choose how you want to filter what Activities should be seen instead of going into several branches of Views and then making the selection.


Now, you can filter by the Due Date of the Activity, by default is set to All so that All Activities show


And you can also select what type of Activities you want to see by selecting from Activity Type

These very simple yet powerful features are sure to make your work around Activities area a lot better. Hope this helps!

Update Price feature in D365 PSA v3

Typically, your costs for your clients go up by a certain percentage (%). It’s a standard practice to update the entire Price List consistently as and when there’s an increase.

This is a great feature to update the entire Price List by a defined % and then reflect this in the Estimates in your Project in PSA. Let’s take a look –


Let’s say your original SalesPrice for a Developer role is $50

And the same is reflected in the Estimates in a Project as well. Based on $50 for Developer i.e. resource Priyesh Wagh will spend 12 hours. So 12 * $50 for that week of 1st Dec is $600


Updating Prices in Sales PriceList

Now, there’s an increase you want to apply. With just a simple change, you’ll be able to do so.

Assuming the PriceList in question here is SalesPriceListUS and you want to add a 10% increment to the same. Simply click on Update Prices button as shown below.
And specify the % of increment to be applied. Use Negative number to Decrease.
And there we go, a 10% to $50 is applied to all items as indicated.

Update Price on Project’s Estimates

Similarly, to bring the change to the desired Project, look at the Estimates tab on the Project and click on Update Price button to effect the Prices on the table as well.

And you’ll see the updated prices in Sales time-phase in the Project Estimates

Hope this helps!!

D365 General Tip: Keeping Currency and PriceList in check

In a hurry, you perhaps selected a similar looking Price List on your Quote and you want to change it.

Example: By mistake, I have selected “SalesPriceListINR” and want to select “SalesPriceListUS

But when you try to do this, you can’t see the PriceList you want to set. Why is that?



That’s because the Currency selected on the record is Rupee (₹) and your PriceList has the currency US Dollar ($)


Change it to US Dollar and you’ll see your PriceLists show up.

And try searching your Price Lists again

Error while changing PriceList

In a typical scenario, if you have child records dependent on the record you are changing, you’ll see this error.

But as simple as the wordings are, you’ll need to do the needful and make sure there are no Currency dependent records associated.


Hope this helps!



Set Lookups in Xrm.WebApi D365 v9 correctly. Solving ‘Undeclared Property’ error

Using Xrm.WebApi needs you to be careful with the field names and what to use when. Especially, when you are dealing with Lookups.

One of the most common errors you’ll come across is the one like below – “An undeclared property (fieldname you entered) which only has property annotations in the payload but no property value was found in the payload.


This is confusing as to what needs to be put in while setting the lookup.

If you have done the below, entered the name of the field which is all in small caps  –

object[“msdyn_resourcerequirement@odata.bind”] = “/msdyn_resourcerequirements(<Guid>)”;

This will result in the above error!!!


You’ll need to put the Schema name of the lookup field instead and this should solve your problem –


and the code should look like this –

object[“msdyn_ResourceRequirement@odata.bind”] = “/msdyn_resourcerequirements(<Guid>)”;

And this should totally work for you!!

Hope this helps! 🙂

A manager is required for non-project time entries, absence, and vacation error in D365 PSA v3

In PSA v3, there occurs a scenario where Resources (Users) have to enter about their absenteeism and they’re not able to submit the request successfully on the Time Entry grid.

Error while Submitting Absence/Vacation & Non-Project Time Entries

  1. Typically, when a Resource has to make an entry for Absence but doing the below
  2. And then clicking on Submit.
  3. But, doing so gives an error!

Let’s look at what was missing in readying the system for using PSA for the Resources –

Adding Manager for a Resource

Evidently from the error message itself, a Manager is required to approve the non-project time entries. Here’s how you can set it up!

  1. In PSA, it is required that ‘Manager’ is set for a Bookable Resource to be able to submit an absence/vacation/non-project time entry. Quite logical.
    So, In User record (associated with the Bookable Resource record of the actual user), the Manager should be assigned.
  2. Like below, if there’s a manager present, the Resource should have no trouble submitted non-project/absence Time Entries.
  3. And once this is set, the entries should be submitted without an issue like below –

What can the Manager do?

  1. Once this type of Time Entry has been submitted, the Manager can see it under Approval entity in their PSA under Absences/Vacations for Approval

Hope this was helpful!