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Dynamics CRM 2015 setup on Virtual Machine

With most Microsoft products this is pretty easy to setting up, but Dynamics has a more heavier requirements list.

The prerequisites include:

• Windows Server
• Active Directory (yep you’ll need to setup a domain controller)
• SQL Server Server 2012/2014
• Reporting Services 2012/2014

Let’s get started:

Step 1: First Install Windows 2012 R2 Standard Edition

I’m using VMware (but you could use HyperV, Virtual Box as well).

1. Create a new Virtual Machine, assign 4GB RAM, 40 GB HDD, 1 CPU (it’s only a demo environment so these specs should be fine)
2. Attach the Windows 2012 ISO and do a vanilla installation

Step 2, Run the Active Directory wizard

CRM needs Active Directory, so run the Active directory wizard:


Figure: Configure Active Directory

1. In Server Manager, select Manage | Add Roles and Feature
2. Installation Type | Roles-based or Feature-based installation
3. Server Roles | Active Directory Domain Services

4. Select Add Features
5. Proceed through the wizard and then select Install
6. Once completed, select Promote this server to a domain controller


Figure: Promote Domain Controller

7. Deployment Configuration | Add new forest and enter your Root domain name which is Demo.Local
8. Select Windows Server 2012 R2 for forest and domain functional level
9. Set Password for Directory Services Restore Mode
10. Click on Next, Install
11. Now sit back and wait, after a reboot you will be able to login in to the domain

Note: It’s a good idea to have a static IP address on this machine, but it’s only a warning at this stage.

Step 3, Windows Server Prerequisites

• Indexing Service
• IIS Admin
• World Wide Web Publishing

  1. Server Manager | Manage | Add Roles and Features
  2. Server Roles:
    1. Application Server
    2. Web Server (IIS)
  3.  Features:
    1. .Net Framework 3.5 Features

    2. .Net Framework 4.5 Features | ASP.NET 4.5
  4. Web Server Role (IIS) | Role Services:
    1. Application Development | ASP.NET 3.5
    2. Application Development | ASP.NET 4.5
  5. Instal

Step 4, Install SQL Server

I’ll be installing SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition with the following options:
Feature Selection:

1. Database Engine Services
2. Full-Test and Semantic Extractions for Search
3. Reporting Services Native
4. Management Tools Basic
1. Management Tools – Complete

Step 5,Database Engine Configuration:

1. Select Mixed Mode (personal preference)
2. Specify SQL Server Administrators | select Add Current User

Step 6 ,Reporting Services Native Mode:

1. Select Install Only

Install using all other defaults.

Step 7, Configure Reporting Services Native Install
Run SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services Configuration Manager and set-up the Native Reporting Services installation.
This is should pretty much be a next, next, apply thing,
Mine fired up straight away by just using the defaults:


Figure: Reporting Services Configuration Manager


Figure: Reporting Services Home Page

Step 8, Now Install CRM 2015 finally..!!


Figure: CRM Installation

1. Get Recommended Updates | select Get Updates (Which is optional)
2. Enter your license key
3. Accept the EULA
4. At this point you may have a bunch of missing required components, install them (We will take a while, also you may need to reboot system)


Figure: Install Required Components

5. Select Default Installation Path
6. Specify Server Roles | Select All Options


Figure: Server Roles

7. Specify Deployment Options | Enter SQL Server Hostname ie: CRM2014Demo
8. Select the Organizational Unit | Enter the Organizational Unit

1. At this point it’s probably a good idea to jump into Active Directory Users and Computers and create an OU for CRM


Figure: Create CRM OU


Figure: Assign CRM OU

9. Specify Service Accounts, Now we’ll need to specify our service accounts for the various CRM Services, since we don’t have any accounts setup, we’ll end up jumping back and forth between Active Directory Users and Computers and the CRM Installation wizard, As this is a DEMO environment I’m going to use NETWORK SERVICE for the accounts.


Figure: Service Accounts

10. Select Website | Default Website


11. Email Router Setting | EmptyOrganization Settings | Populate with your Organisation Name and other settings


12. Report Server URL | Should be pre-populated check the URL


Click next wizard button and install CRM.


After installation of MS CRM it will auto start reporting in service setup.


Click Do not get updates and click next button. In next screen accept line cne and click next.

Select server server computer name and click next


Select database name


Click next wizard button and install, finally you will get finish screen.


Figure: CRM Install Finished

And finally let’s start CRM 2015, wow worked first go!

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