How to use Solution Layers in Dynamics 365 CRM V9.x

By | July 26, 2019


Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM has introduced the feature called ‘Solution Layers’ in V9.x. In this blog, we will describe the use of ‘Solutions Layers’.

As the user of Dynamics 365 CRM, we usually play with the solutions in our CRM for many purposes. We export/import many components like entity, dashboards, etc. using solutions within different Dynamics 365 CRM.

We have thus, came across scenarios, where the same components can be used by many solutions. Many a time, we have used the same components in different solutions for different purposes.

Now, let’s walk through the Solution Layers feature and gain a better understanding about the same.

Here, we can see the ‘Solution Layers’ button in Default and other solutions of Dynamics 365 V9.

Go to Settings > Customizations > Default / Required solution.

Solution Layers in Dynamics 365 CRM

Now, to view solution layer of any components included in the selected solution, select any one component like Account entity and click on solution layer button.

On click of this button, it will show the list of all managed solutions which included selected component, as shown in the below screenshot:

Solution Layers in Dynamics 365 CRM

It will also show managed solution list in the same order in which the solutions has been imported in your organization. The above screenshot indicates that the Account entity has been used by the list of solutions shown in the screenshot.

Now, to view the properties of components used in solution layers, click on layer and it will show the properties of components.

Solution Layers in Dynamics 365 CRM

As we can see in the above screenshot, it is showing two tabs – ‘Changed Properties’ and ‘All Properties’.

In ‘Changed Properties’, it will provide details of properties that has been changed for component in the selected solution.

Whereas ‘All Properties’ shows the list of all properties whether it has changed or not, as shown in the below screenshot:

Solution Layers in Dynamics 365 CRM


In this way, the Solution Layers button will help us to track changes in the properties of components used in solutions.

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