First of all, this is a commercial offering, which we hope to bring a better solution to the market that can make your data integration job easier.
The toolkit is a set of SSIS adapters that allow you to read data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM server, or write data to it.
Among all the goodnesses, here are some highlighted features that you might be interested.
- Native CRM 2011 SOAP interface support
- Support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and 4.0
- Support for On-premise, IFD (federated) and Online deployments, including Office 365 (OSDP) environment
- Support for CRM Entity or FetchXML query as data source in CRM source component
- Support for Create/Update/Delete/Upsert actions in CRM destination component. When Upsert action is used, you have three matching options to choose to identify whether it is an existing record in CRM for update, or it's something not in the system that the component should create for you (insert). The three options include a combination of manually selected fields, CRM primary key, or CRM duplicate detection
- One-click to toggle whether you want all or none of fields from a CRM entity in source component, which makes you more productive when selecting the only necessary fields to read data from CRM
- Automatic mapping to the CRM fields in the destination component by matching the names from upstream components
- You can set a picklist/optionset field value by either its integer value or its user friendly label
- Native support of CRM many-to-many relationship to associate or disassociate CRM records in CRM destination component by using Create or Delete action
SSIS Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides a cost-effective solution that helps integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with other data sources or applications.
SSIS Integration Toolkit takes advantage of the flexibility and power of Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) platform, which made it possible to integrate with virtually any application or data source that you may need to work with.
SSIS Integration Toolkit is extremely easy to use. It comes with the following three major components to help facilitate the integration development.
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connection Manager
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Source Component
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Destination Component
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connection Manager
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connection Manager allows you to setup a connection in SSIS so that it can used by Microsoft Dynamics CRM Source Component to retrieve data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server, or Microsoft Dynamics CRM Destination Component to write data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM server.
The connection manager offers the capability to connect to a Microsoft Dynamics CRM server which can be either version 2011 (including CRM Online) or 4.0. It supports both CRM 2011 SOAP endpoint and CRM SOAP 2007 Web Service interface.
CRM Connection Manager allows you to choose one of the following authentications based on how your CRM server is deployed or managed.
- Active Directory (On-Premise)
- Federated (On-Premise, Partner-hosted or Online Federation)
- LiveId (CRM Online)
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Source Component
Microsoft Dynamics CRM source component is a source component that you can use in SSIS data flow tasks, which allows you to read data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server.
Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM source component, you can pick a CRM entity to read data from, after a CRM connection has been chosen.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM source component also supports reading data from CRM server through using FetchXml queries.
When FetchXML option is used as the Source Type, CRM source component can intelligently identify all fields and corresponding metadata including the fields from linked entities.
When Entity option is used as the Source Type, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Source Component allows you to select the CRM fields that you want to obtain data, which makes it easy when you have a large number of fields in CRM system, but you only need a small number of them to be used in the downstream pipeline components.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Destination Component
Microsoft Dynamics CRM destination component is a destination component that you can use in SSIS data flow tasks, so that you can write data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server.
Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM destination component, you can choose a CRM entity to write data to, and the action of such operation, which could be Create, Update, Delete or Upsert.
CRM Destination Component can be smart enough to automatically map all available input columns from upstream components to corresponding CRM fields based on their names, and it also allows to change such mapping using a dropdown list.
CRM destination component supports CRM many-to-many relationship entities, in which case, you can use Create action to create associations, use Delete action to disassociate them.
CRM destination component supports upsert action, in which case, the component will first try to check if the provided CRM record exists in CRM system, the component will only create a new record if the matching record doesn't exist. If the component has identified any existing records based on the matching criteria provided, it will update the matching records.
CRM destination component's upsert action can use the following three matching criteria.
- Primary Key
- CRM Duplicate Detection
- Manually Specified Fields
For Create and Update action, CRM destination component allows you to choose "Enable CRM Duplication Detection" option.
When writing data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, dealing with picklist / optionset imposes quite some challenges since CRM can only take integer numbers for them. Microsoft Dynamics CRM destination component has made this significantly easy, for any picklist / optionset fields (including statecode and statuscode fields), you can use either internal integer values, or their string values (user localized labels).
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