Understanding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 versioning strategy

By - December 15, 2014

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 product team is being very intentional with their 2013 software releases. This is due, in part, to some of the pain from the CRM 2011 release days. Many CRM administrators remember their scripts broke after installing the Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 12 (UR12). They thought they were getting bug fixes and increased stability, but UR12 included cross browser support features which in turn ended up breaking some environments. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM product team took that lesson to heart and are releasing feature upgrades as service packs (SPs) and bug fixes/stability enhancements as update rollups (URs). The Dynamics CRM 2013 versioning naming convention is [major].[minor].[rollup].[build].

Features do not change outside of major or minor releases. For example, CRM version 6.0.0 was the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version, 6.0.1 was for Update Rollup 1, and 6.0.2 was for Update Rollup 2. When the Service Pack 1 for Dynamics CRM 2013 was released, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product team incremented the minor version from 6.0.X to 6.1.0.

With this convention in mind, it is easier to look at an environment and very quickly get an idea of their current capabilities and what update rollup they are on. For example, if you are on version 6.0.1 you are on RTM Update Rollup 1. If you’re on version 6.1.0, you are on Service Pack 1 with no rollups installed on top of the service pack.

Read more articles on the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

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By: Luke Grindahl – Minnesota Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner

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