CRM 2013 – The Upgraded Metadata Browser


Nishant Rana:

CRM 2013 – The Upgraded Metadata Browser

Originally posted on Salim Adamon - Dynamics CRM Blog:

I was playing around the new CRM 2013 SDK and thought I’d spend some time one the revamped metadata browser. Like in the CRM 2011 SDK, the Metadata browser is provided as a Managed Solution located in the folder “ Your SDK Folder ToolsMetadataBrowser”

Once you’ve installed the solution in your CRM application, you have to open it in order to get the links to the Metadata web resources in the configuration page.

The Metadata Browser now has two pages:

  • Metadata Browser (displays a master/detail view of all the entities in the system)
  • Entity Metadata Browser (displays details about a selected entity)

The key features of the tools are highlighted in the configuration page (see copy below). It is extremely helpful for developers, lightweight built on HTML/JavaScript and has a lot of nice features (details below). So if were looking for an alternative to the popular Silverlight Metadata browser built…

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System.Exception: Action Microsoft.Crm.Setup.Server.InstallConfigDatabaseAction failed. —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Connection Timeout Expired. The timeout period elapsed while attempting to consume the pre-login handshake acknowledgement.



Got this error while installing CRM 2013.

Following post helped in fixing the issue.

Hope it helps.

“Could not open a connection to SQL Server” error while installing CRM 2011 Server


Nishant Rana:

Faced the same issue while installing CRM 2013.

Originally posted on Rajeev Pentyala - Dynamics CRM Blog:


You may come across below exception while installing CRM 2011 Server.

“Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server “

Scenario :-

  • You have a standalone machine “VM 1″, with SQL Server 2008  application
  • You have another machine “VM 2″, where you are trying to install “CRM Server” by pointing to the SQL Server on “VM 1″
  • Installation wizard throws the “Could not connect to….” exception in the midway

Reason :-

  • Remote connection was not enabled on SQL Server machine

Fix :-

  • Connect to the machine where SQL Server 2008  installed
  • Open the “Sql Server Configuration Manager” (i.e.,  Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 –> Configuration Tools)
  • Enable “Named Pipes” protocol (Refer below screen)
Enable "Named Pipes" protocol
  • Restart the “MSSQLSERVER” service (Go to “Run -> Services.msc”)
Restart "MSSQLSERVER" service
  • Resume the installation.

Hope it helps :)

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“Save and New” button in CRM 2013.


After upgrading the existing CRM 2011 solution to CRM 2013 we found out that Save and New button is missing while creating related child records.

The way we got it back was to open the solution in Ribbon Workbench and Customizing the command for Save and New button.


And removing the Mscrm.HideOnCommandBar rule.



Hope it helps.

Unable to get property ‘get_element’ of undefined or null reference in CRM 2013.



We were getting this error, while trying to add a new related child record through sub grid.

Only for few users with a specific role, we were getting this error. Installing the update rollup 2 fixed the issue.

Hope it helps.