Dynamics 365 for Outlook

 

Updated: August 31, 2017

Applies To: Dynamics 365 (online), Dynamics 365 (on-premises), Dynamics CRM 2016, Dynamics CRM Online


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Outlook can synchronize email messages, contacts, tasks, and appointments between Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Dynamics 365 (client-to-server synchronization). Similar to server-side synchronization, synchronization filters are used to synchronize messaging data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 to Outlook or Exchange. Manually tracked or Inbox-rule based tracking is used to synchronize messaging data from Exchange or Outlook to Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365 for Outlook synchronization

When you use Dynamics 365 for Outlook, there are a few synchronization concepts that are helpful to understand. Notice that, to have any of this Dynamics 365 for Outlook functionality, each Microsoft Dynamics 365 user must run the Dynamics 365 for Outlook add-in and the Microsoft Dynamics 365 user mailbox record must be configured appropriately.

When you select Dynamics 365 for Outlook as the messaging data synchronization method in the user mailbox record, email, contacts, appointments, and tasks created in Outlook are synchronized with Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) or Dynamics 365 (on-premises).

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Dynamics 365 for Outlook is deprecated with Dynamics 365 (online), version 9.0 and will be removed in a future major release. This deprecation includes Offline mode and synchronization in Dynamics 365 for Outlook. For more information, see Deprecation of Dynamics 365 for Outlook

Note the following concepts when you use Dynamics 365 for Outlook as the synchronizing agent:

  1. Synchronizing organization. Only one organization can be designated as the synchronizing organization. If you have more than one Microsoft Dynamics 365 organization configured, you can view the synchronizing organization in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Configuration Wizard. The Configuration Wizard is an application included with Dynamics 365 for Outlook. Notice that you can still connect to additional organizations by using Dynamics 365 for Outlook. However, when an organization is not defined as the synchronizing organization in Dynamics 365 for Outlook, messaging data in Outlook does not synchronize with that organization.

  2. Synchronizing mailbox. Only one Exchange or POP3 mailbox can be designated for a single Microsoft Dynamics 365 user. You cannot designate multiple mailboxes and you cannot map more than one Microsoft Dynamics 365 user to a single Exchange or POP3 email mailbox. This mailbox is referred to as the primary mailbox.

  3. Synchronizing Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance. Only one Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance can be designated as the Synchronizing Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance. When you sign-in to an organization from another PC that is running Dynamics 365 for Outlook that is not the synchronizing Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance you will receive a dialog message asking whether you want to designate the current Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance as the synchronizing Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance. Notice that, when you choose not to set the Dynamics 365 for Outlook instance as the synchronizing instance, you can still connect to the Microsoft Dynamics 365 organization and perform tasks, but messaging data in Outlook will not synchronize with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 organization.

  4. Go Offline data sync. Go offline capability uses Microsoft SQL Server Express as the local data store. When you go offline or come back online, Dynamics 365 for Outlook synchronizes the records for the entity types you choose with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) or Dynamics 365 (on-premises). When you go offline or come back online, a separate synchronization process takes place that is not part of the messaging data synchronization described here. Go offline capability allows users to create, modify, or delete records offline that can be later synchronized to Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) or Dynamics 365 (on-premises) when Dynamics 365 for Outlook comes online again.

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