MS CRM - Adding new Column, a new Logical Partition and Support of other databases...


I am new to the MS CRM domain. I am having the following issues with the application. To give you a feel of the problems we are facing, below listed are a few questions:

1.      How to remove security from a table so that we can add/remove fields from the table? To give you a real example, MSCRM does not allow us to add any field in a USER table, but we want to add 1 field to this table.

 2.      How to link two databases? One option we are exploring is to make a new third party tool with its own database, which need to be linked to MSCRM database.

 3.      MSCRM uses SQL server with 4 logical partitions. We want to add one more partition.


It would be great if experts here can guide me in this.

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(1) This would not be supported by Microsoft, but you could do it by adding the column through SQL Enterprise Manager

(2) Need more information on this one. One way of linking databases is simply to run the databases on the same sql server. Then you can write SQL VIEWS that read data from both repositories. e.g. v_mittal_mirror_accountbase <--- this could do a (SELECT * FROM adventureworks..accountbase) to retrieve all CRM accounts from within your new database.

(3) Open up SQL Enterprise Manager and create a new database. (You don't need to use any MS CRM tools to achieve this)
(1) You don't need to remove any security. Just add the column through SQL Enterprise Manager. (THIS IS COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT)

(2) Need for information here, but you could just use SQL Server VIEWS to pull information from multiple databases.

e.g. Create a new view called v_mittal_mirror_account. The SQL for this view might be: SELECT * FROM AdventureWorksCycle_MSCRM..accountbase

(3) Just create a new DATABASE in SQL Enterprise Manager. There are no MS CRM tools that will help you with this. You just need to go down to pure SQL Server level.

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mastermind_007Author Commented:
Thanks a lot for the answer. I am still exploring the given options nad a few more and will come back in a few days with the solution (if I could find one).

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