SnapShot! for Dynamics CRM created by fellow MVP Mitch Milam of CRM Accelerators is proving to be a must have not a nice to have utility. Okay, so it isn’t one of those ‘free’ utilities on the codeplex site, but at $249 per CRM Organization it is dirt cheap! It is a great time saver.
In the last few weeks I have personally used it to:
- Extract the complete configuration of a ‘messed up’ environment so we could document what we need to bring forward as we manually re-create the correct configuration in a brand new environment. When done we will use SnapShot! to document the new environment for the client.
- Document the current security roles in use at a client so we could triage several roles so that users wouldn’t be as able to do as much damage as they had been originally allowed to do. I used the Security Roles visualization (shown below) and marked it up and sent it to the client’s Team for review and implementation.
Besides providing a visual display of security roles in a Word document format which allows for easy markup and editing SnapShot! also produces a detailed disclosure of the metadata in an Excel file with tabs for : Entities, Business Unites, Security Roles, Users, User and Team Security Roles, Teams, and Team Membership.
Last week I made a suggestion to Mitch to add some additional entity details to the documentation tool and 3 days later version 1.8 was released which included that info. Now that is responsiveness!