One can debug CRM plug ins without connecting to CRM server or without remote debugging.
Here are the steps as in how you can use Profiler for debugging plug ins:
1> Connect to CRM using plugin registration tool of March SDK 2012.
2> Click on Install Profiler
3> You will find a new node attached to registered plugins “Plugin Profiler”.
4> Select a plug-in step and click Profile to enable profiling.
5> Then start your plugin from MSCRM i.e if your plugin is on update perform update operation and download the error file.
6> Then in Visual Studio attach to process “plugin registeration.exe”. Add the breakpoint from where you would like to debug.
7> Then click on Debug in plugin registration tool.
8> In Profile location provide the path of the error log of the plugin.
9> In Assembly location provide the dll of the plugin from which you got error.
10> Then select the Plugin class from Plug-in. This drop down will contains all classes present in the dll.
11> To start debugging just click on Start Plug-in Execution.