Scribe Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Migrating CRM 4.0 to CRM Online 2013

Scribe Software has released the Scribe Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 5.5 on November 1st, 2013.  This latest version of the Microsoft CRM Adapter supports Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 or 2011 / 2013 and for all three deployment options – Online, On-Premises and Partner Hosted (IFD).  Scribe Software offers an excellent data integration and data migration tool for Microsoft CRM.

I’m currently using this tool to help a customer migrate their Microsoft CRM 4.0 On-Premises to CRM Online 2013.  I’m able to use the latest Scribe Insight 7.6.2 with the Scribe Adapter for Dynamics CRM 5.5 to connect to both the Microsoft CRM 4.0 On-Premises and to the latest Microsoft CRM Online 2013 with ease.  Yay!

Here is an interested note on migrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM file attachments.  There are two types of Microsoft CRM file attachments:

  • Regular Attachments – these are any files attached to CRM entity records except for the CRM Email Activity entity.  There is a Scribe CRM adapter data object “annotation” that will handle these types of files.
  • Email Attachments – for any files attached within the CRM Email Activity record.  There is a Scribe CRM adapter data object “activitymimeattachment” to take care of these types of file attachments.

Since the CRM 4.0 On-Premises and the Microsoft CRM Online 2013 data schema are very similar – we can map most of the entity fields to each other.  However, for file attachments – here are the proper field mappings:

  • CRM 4.0 annotation filename or activitymimeattachment filename (Source) maps to CRM Online 2013 annotation or activitymimeattachment vfAttachmentFileName (Target)
  • CRM 4.0 annotation documentbody or activitymimeattachment body (Source) maps to CRM Online 2013 annotation or activitymimeattachment vfAttachment (Target)



Contact me if you need help with your Microsoft Dynamics CRM questions.

Frank Lee, CRM MVP
Workopia – Keeping up with the Cloud Innovations!

About Frank Lee

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM/xRM consultant in San Francisco, USA.  Awarded the Microsoft MVP (Dynamics 365/CRM) 12 consecutive years from 2006 to 2018. Actively involved with Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementations since Microsoft CRM v1.0 beta (2002). Super passionate about everything CRM, especially in the areas of Cloud Computing, A.I., Digital Transformation and Automation.
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6 Responses to Scribe Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Migrating CRM 4.0 to CRM Online 2013

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  2. Terry says:

    How is this agains done against the historical Activity data Connected to different system entities?
    Getting the correct date on the historical Activity data against an account as an example.
    Is this complex?Default Export/import will get the dates correct.

  3. You can override the created on date using Scribe Adapter. Not an option using the default import.

  4. Sapan says:

    What is the order that we should follow to migrate the annotations using the scribe adapter? First annotations or emailmimeattachment? Also should we be migrating the Emails, Fax, Appointments etc before we do the annotations or emailmimeattachments? Thanks

  5. Joe s. says:

    It sounds to me that you did not take the traditional migration approach of 4.0 to 2011 to 2013. We have a 4.0 on-prem and are looking to migrate to 2013 online. Is it possible ,with the right tools, to perform this version jump?

  6. martin says:

    how does Scribe adapter handle populating activityparties when importing email activities

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