Dynamics CRM 2013 – Installing Sample Data

Loved the way Dynamics 2013 allows you to install Sample Data from within the product without restoring any sample databases (I miss AdventureWorks Db !) – I used a CRM Online Account last year for a few days and it had the sample data which made it really easy for me to browse and understand different areas of the system – but when I installed the On-Premise CRM 2013 on a VM – it had no data and I had to create the Accounts, Contacts, Leads etc.

The quick way to setup the Sample Data on a clean installation is to go to CRM >> Settings >> Data Management and Click on Sample Data.

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The popup will let you install the Sample Data on the CRM.

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The other nice feature is the background installation so you don’t have to wait for the data to be setup – you can close the dialog and continue to work on the product while the data is setup quietly – and Viola now I have the data.

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The Sample Data can also be removed using the same steps – and works perfectly.

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