Shane Bartholomeusz

Technical Solutions Consultant

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How To: Backup Synology NAS to Azure Cloud

Overview

In this article we’ll look at how to configure your Synology NAS to backup your data to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

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How To: Create Dynamics 365 Entity Relationship Diagram

What is the MetaDiagram Utility?

When applying customisations to an existing Dynamics CRM environment, an understanding of the existing customisations is crucial.

Unfortunately manually mapping out complex relationships between custom entities can be a painful and time consuming exercise.

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Solved: Samsung Wireless Fast Charging Paused

Problem

I’ve been using a Samsung Fast Charge wireless charger with my Samsung Galaxy S8 for a while now, and really love the convenience of it.

After using the wireless charger for several months, all of a sudden, one day it stopped working …

I put my phone down on the wireless charger and it would start charging for a few seconds and then stop with the message “paused” on the screen. This cycle would repeat endlessly and the phone would never charge.

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How to: Repair Hard Disk Health

Some Background …

All modern spinning hard disks and SSD drives contain S.M.A.R.T technology which enables the monitoring of various hard drive parameters, as a means of checking drive health and predicting failure.

Ordinarily, this information isn’t visible to most end users through the OS, you can however access the S.M.A.R.T metrics of your drive using a tool such as SmartMonTools.

SmartMonTools can be used to monitor hard drive health and also to run various built-in hard drive self-test operations…

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Solved: Dynamics 365 Unable to Cast Object Error

Problem:

While testing an existing C# app that connected to our Dynamics 365 environment, we encountered an unusual error after updating the CRM SDK Nuget package used by the app.


System.InvalidCastException: ‘Unable to cast object of type ‘Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Entity’ to type ‘XXXX.Xrm.Model.XXXX.’

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Dynamics 365: The underlying connection was closed

Problem

While upgrading a .NET customisation that interfaced with our client Dynamics 365 online environment (Version 9). I encountered the following error while attempting to fetch some records from our Dynamics 365 instance. Continue reading

Fix: Unable to Uninstall CRM Profiler

Problem

While trying to debug a new custom workflow plugin in my Dynamics 365 environment I encountered the below error.CRM Profiler Error Continue reading

Fix NullReferenceException in CRM Plugin Registration Utility

Problem

If you encounter the below error when in Dynamics CRM while trying to profile a custom workflow plugin using the CRM Plugin Registration utility

Unhandled Exception: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

at PluginProfiler.Library.WorkflowXamlUtility.InstrumentStep(XmlNode activityNode, XmlNamespaceManager ns, InstrumentedStepConfiguration step, String workflowAssemblyName)

at PluginProfiler.Library.WorkflowXamlUtility.InstrumentXaml(CrmServiceClient service, String xaml, IList`1 steps)

at PluginProfiler.Library.ProfilerManagementUtility.EnableWorkflow(CrmServiceClient service, String overrideKeyFileName, Guid workflowId, Boolean persistToEntity, String persistenceSessionKey, Boolean includeSecureInformation, Boolean isContextReplay, CustomActivityStep[] workflowSteps)

at Microsoft.Crm.Tools.PluginRegistration.CommonControls.ProfilerSettingsViewModel.btnOk_Click()
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Dynamics 365: System.NullReferenceException Plugin Error

The Problem

After a recent CRM Solution deployment to our Dynamics CRM 365 environment users started encountering the below plugin error when updating a Contacts entity record.

System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object

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AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam Guide

Having just passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and insights for those that plan to sit the exam.

The AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification is a great entry point into the world of Amazon AWS.

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