By Linda Rosencrance

Coming close on the heels of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 10, Microsoft is set to release Update Rollup 11 on Thursday, October 11.

Update Rollup 11 features include:

  • Increased support for Windows 8/Internet Explorer 10/Office 2013 Preview compatibility
  • More performance and stability-related fixes, including fixes to the CRM Client for Microsoft Outlook
  • Contains all hotfixes/updates released in earlier Update Rollups
  • Quick Find performance optimizations and EnableRetrieveMultipleOptimization SQL query performance optimizations (originally released in Update Rollup 10)

For Microsoft Dynamics CRM business solutions that include an entity with a large dataset, record retrieval and grid rendering performance can be negatively impacted for users that do not have global access to all records associated with that entity. Microsoft has fined tuned the code changes to mitigate this behavior that it first instituted in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Additionally beginning with Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 10, Microsoft has optimized the performance of queries against large datasets by adjusting specific "statistical" settings to address the issue.

Although Update Rollups 4-6 could not be uninstalled, you will be able to uninstall Update Rollup 11. But remember to always back up your databases and application servers before you install an Update Rollup.

"Update Rollup 6 established a new servicing baseline. This will enable uninstalls of some future CRM 2011 Update Rollups, but this also means that Update Rollup 6 is prerequisite for installation of all future Microsoft CRM 2011 Update Rollups starting with Update Rollup 7," according to Microsoft's Knowledge Base article.

Because a database created with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 6 or a higher version can't be imported to a deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 5 or an earlier version, the best thing to do is to import databases or customizations between environments that are at the same Update Rollup level.

In addition, because Update Rollup 11 is cumulative it contains all changes released in earlier Update Rollup releases. It also contains the Dynamics CRM Q4 Service Update features released via Update Rollup 5. All the information is contained in the KB article.

The KB article also provides information on the fixes released via CRM 2011 Update Rollup 11.

"The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering team consistently Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 against pre-release and release versions of these products," said Greg Nichols, Premier Field Engineering, Microsoft, in a blog post about Update Rollup 11. When necessary, Microsoft plans to release enhancements via future Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollups to assure compatibility with future releases of these products."