CRM on SBS 2003 DISASTROUS ** DO NOT ATTEMPT **

USERS BEWARE

After downloading the CRM from the MSDN Universal 
subscribers site and attempting to install it 6 times, I 
have finally given up, after discovering that it does not 
work as advertised on SBS 2003. In fact it does not even 
install. In fact... worse than that it blows away a lot 
of SBS configuration files for sharepoint etc etc. 

Question: Why does the MSDN download site not say 
that "This product will not run on SBS 2003"?

So, we thought... Maybe the Business Contact Manager will 
be better for us seeing as the CRM does not yet work on 
SBS 2003. After installing that, and playing around with 
it. We liked it. BUT. It is doctored and will not work 
with shared public folders on exchange 2003 even though 
standard shared contact folders will. 

Question: Why do microsoft not license the BCM for shared 
use an an optional license? Many people would buy it.

Conclusion. Microsoft do not have a workable, shared CRM 
for Exchange 2003 and/or SBS 2003.

One last point. If you DO install BCM 2003, it works 
well, until...

You connect to an exchange server. At which point it 
removes itself, the forms, databases, and the "Business 
Tools" menu out of outlook 2003, and you lose all your 
data.

Office 2003 and  SBS 2003 are great products. BMC 2003 
and the Microsoft CRM are unusable.

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Barry
10/26/2003 10:10:08 AM
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version 1.2 of MS CRM does work on sbs2003 - version 1.0 does not.

Release date of MS CRM 1.2 is end this year - beta just ended friday.



"Barry Mavin" <bmavin_DO_NOT_SPAM@recital.com> wrote in message
news:05aa01c39ba9$55960820$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> USERS BEWARE
>
> After downloading the CRM from the MSDN Universal
> subscribers site and attempting to install it 6 times, I
> have finally given up, after discovering that it does not
> work as advertised on SBS 2003. In fact it does not even
> install. In fact... worse than that it blows away a lot
> of SBS configuration files for sharepoint etc etc.
>
> Question: Why does the MSDN download site not say
> that "This product will not run on SBS 2003"?
>
> So, we thought... Maybe the Business Contact Manager will
> be better for us seeing as the CRM does not yet work on
> SBS 2003. After installing that, and playing around with
> it. We liked it. BUT. It is doctored and will not work
> with shared public folders on exchange 2003 even though
> standard shared contact folders will.
>
> Question: Why do microsoft not license the BCM for shared
> use an an optional license? Many people would buy it.
>
> Conclusion. Microsoft do not have a workable, shared CRM
> for Exchange 2003 and/or SBS 2003.
>
> One last point. If you DO install BCM 2003, it works
> well, until...
>
> You connect to an exchange server. At which point it
> removes itself, the forms, databases, and the "Business
> Tools" menu out of outlook 2003, and you lose all your
> data.
>
> Office 2003 and  SBS 2003 are great products. BMC 2003
> and the Microsoft CRM are unusable.
>


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Esben
10/26/2003 11:29:10 AM
It is great to hear that there was a beta for 1.2. I hope it was
comprehensive and covered installation on all the available Microsoft
configurations including  SBS2003 standard and professional as well as small
site configurations of Windows 2003 where Exchange 2003, IIs6, SQL  and
Sharepoint are all on the Windows 2003 server similar to a SBS 2003
configuration. A lot of small groups cannot justify separate processors for
SQL, IIS, AD, Exchange, and CRM.

Bill Walter

"Esben Deela Christensen" <edc@cubizz.com> wrote in message
news:Oc7PiR7mDHA.964@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> version 1.2 of MS CRM does work on sbs2003 - version 1.0 does not.
>
> Release date of MS CRM 1.2 is end this year - beta just ended friday.
>
>
>
> "Barry Mavin" <bmavin_DO_NOT_SPAM@recital.com> wrote in message
> news:05aa01c39ba9$55960820$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> > USERS BEWARE
> >
> > After downloading the CRM from the MSDN Universal
> > subscribers site and attempting to install it 6 times, I
> > have finally given up, after discovering that it does not
> > work as advertised on SBS 2003. In fact it does not even
> > install. In fact... worse than that it blows away a lot
> > of SBS configuration files for sharepoint etc etc.
> >
> > Question: Why does the MSDN download site not say
> > that "This product will not run on SBS 2003"?
> >
> > So, we thought... Maybe the Business Contact Manager will
> > be better for us seeing as the CRM does not yet work on
> > SBS 2003. After installing that, and playing around with
> > it. We liked it. BUT. It is doctored and will not work
> > with shared public folders on exchange 2003 even though
> > standard shared contact folders will.
> >
> > Question: Why do microsoft not license the BCM for shared
> > use an an optional license? Many people would buy it.
> >
> > Conclusion. Microsoft do not have a workable, shared CRM
> > for Exchange 2003 and/or SBS 2003.
> >
> > One last point. If you DO install BCM 2003, it works
> > well, until...
> >
> > You connect to an exchange server. At which point it
> > removes itself, the forms, databases, and the "Business
> > Tools" menu out of outlook 2003, and you lose all your
> > data.
> >
> > Office 2003 and  SBS 2003 are great products. BMC 2003
> > and the Microsoft CRM are unusable.
> >
>
>


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Bill
10/27/2003 1:10:41 PM
CRM will not work on any Windows 2003 platform.  Nowhere in the
Implementation Guide for CRM does it indicate that it is supported on the
2003 platforms.

"Barry Mavin" <bmavin_DO_NOT_SPAM@recital.com> wrote in message
news:05aa01c39ba9$55960820$a401280a@phx.gbl...
USERS BEWARE

After downloading the CRM from the MSDN Universal
subscribers site and attempting to install it 6 times, I
have finally given up, after discovering that it does not
work as advertised on SBS 2003. In fact it does not even
install. In fact... worse than that it blows away a lot
of SBS configuration files for sharepoint etc etc.

Question: Why does the MSDN download site not say
that "This product will not run on SBS 2003"?

So, we thought... Maybe the Business Contact Manager will
be better for us seeing as the CRM does not yet work on
SBS 2003. After installing that, and playing around with
it. We liked it. BUT. It is doctored and will not work
with shared public folders on exchange 2003 even though
standard shared contact folders will.

Question: Why do microsoft not license the BCM for shared
use an an optional license? Many people would buy it.

Conclusion. Microsoft do not have a workable, shared CRM
for Exchange 2003 and/or SBS 2003.

One last point. If you DO install BCM 2003, it works
well, until...

You connect to an exchange server. At which point it
removes itself, the forms, databases, and the "Business
Tools" menu out of outlook 2003, and you lose all your
data.

Office 2003 and  SBS 2003 are great products. BMC 2003
and the Microsoft CRM are unusable.


0
Matt
10/27/2003 8:33:51 PM
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