Solution Segmentation in CRM 2016: Add selected entity assets to solution


With the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016, out of many important features added one is Solution Segmentation and Patches.

With solution segmentation we can now export solutions with selected entity assets (fields, forms, views, etc.) rather than entire entities with all the assets.

This helps a lot as previously if we were required to deploy a single new view created for an entity, we were required to deploy and publish the complete entity. This used to end up deploying some under development depended components too. The feature is most importantly useful in applying patches.

This feature allows granular control of the solution package without changing any XML. This will make ALM and Deployments much smoother.

Also by making use of the API aspect, we can try to automate build and deployment process.

Supported entity assets that can be selected for a entity are:

  1. Forms
  2. Views
  3. Charts
  4. Fields
  5. Keys
  6. Relationships (1:N, N:1, N:N)
  7. Messages
  8. Business Rules
  9. Hierarchy Settings
  10. Dashboards

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One thought on “Solution Segmentation in CRM 2016: Add selected entity assets to solution

  1. valoremcrm December 14, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    This is great news. CRM is moving into another feature that will enable a platform mentality when looking managing apps, and connecting custom dev with internal CRM data. Deploying updates and segmenting solution imports allows for more diversity in development cycles. Which is not the common approach to change management with a business process, but is common for devs. I hope to see how this ability is optimized. I am excited to change some views without having to wait for a complete change approval! Thanks for sharing. – Tom

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