10 things you’ll need for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 On-Premises deployment

If you are trying to install a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 on-premises version, you’ll need to keep in mind a few things concerning your IT-infrastructure:

You’ll definitely need this:

1. Microsoft Windows Server

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015 hardware requirements

The following Windows Server versions are not supported for installing and running Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015:

  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server editions
  • The Windows Server 2008 family of operating systems

The following editions of the Windows Server 2012 operating system are supported for installing and running Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Developer

2. A Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory infrastructure

The computer that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server is running on must be a member in a domain that is running in one of the following Active Directory directory service forest and domain functional levels:

  • Windows Server 2008 Interim
  • Windows Server 2008 Native
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

3. An Internet Information Services (IIS) website

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2015 supports Internet Information Services (IIS) versions 8.0 and 8.5.

4. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

Microsoft SQL Server hardware requirements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 201 Any one of the following Microsoft SQL Server editions is required and must be installed on Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or R2) 64-bit-based versions or Windows Server 2012 (RTM or R2) 64-bit-based computers, running, and available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Business Intelligence 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Standard, 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Developer, 64-bit (for non-production use only)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Enterprise, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Business Intelligence, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Standard, 64-bit SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Developer, 64-bit SP1 (for non-production use only)

Remark: I have tried to install Dynamics CRM 2015 on a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 evaluation version, which did not end well. Whether or not this was due to the evaluation version is not clear to me.

You’ll want to have this too:

5. Claims-based security token service and a wild card certificate (required for Internet-facing deployments)

6. Microsoft Exchange Server or access to a POP3-compliant email server (required for email tracking)

7. SharePoint Server (required for document management)

8. Windows operating system when you use CRM for Outlook. Apple Mac, when running Apple Safari, supported tablet, or mobile device.

9. Supported web browser, such as later versions of Internet Explorer or the latest versions of Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

10. Microsoft Office Outlook (optional).

Upgrading from CRM 2013 to CRM 2015:

If you are upgrading from a CRM 2013 to a CRM 2015, you might want to also watch this video which gives you more info on not only the things I mentioned above, but also about the possible upgrade scenario’s.

Source: Technet

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