Step by Step: Working with CRM2011 plugin profiler

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This article is provided by MVP Lo Toong Yang. Microsoft is so thankful that MVPs who proactively share their professional experience with other users. The article would be posted on MVP's website or blog later.

Have you ever stuck in a situation where the plugin working perfectly in test environment but not the production environment?

Remote debugging might be a tricky setup in most of the production server because of the firewall constraint. We actually can debug the plugin without connecting to CRM server.

CRM2011 Plugin profiler provides the ability to capture user’s execution steps in the actual environment and replay it in plugin debugging mode.

Prerequisite:

Download the latest CRM SDK from download center, compile the plugin registration tool solution inside.

SDK5.0.12

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Assumed we have a sample plugin code that will generate account number during the record creation step. We registered in CRM system and wish to debug with profiler using Visual studio.
Follow the steps below to step into Visual Studio breakpoint.

  1. From the plugin registration tool, click the
    Install Profiler.

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  2. Once it finished, make sure
    Plugin Profiler exists.

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  3. Select the plugin step needed to debug, click
    Profiler to enable profiling.

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  4. Navigate to CRM system, perform the account creation which will trigger the plugin to be execute. Download the error log file and save in desktop.

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  5. Run the visual studio solution, attach debug process named "PluginRegistration". Set a break point in the code.

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  6. Open the plugin registration tool, click the Debug button.

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  7. Browse the profile location with the erro log we downloaded in item 4. Choose the assembly location and click start plugin execution.

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  8. System will auto step into visual studio breakpoint line.





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