Integrate (synchronize) your email system
One of the main reasons people use Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (on-premises) is to store all customer communications in one place, so anyone with the appropriate permissions can see all relevant customer records. For example, view all email associated with a particular contact, account, opportunity, or case.
To store email and other messaging records in Customer Engagement (on-premises), you need to synchronize your email system with Customer Engagement (on-premises). You can do this with server-side synchronization.
- In previous versions of Dynamics CRM, you could also use the Email Router to synchronize records. The Email Router has been deprecated as of the Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps version 9.0. We strongly recommend that you migrate all email routing functionality to use server-side synchronization. More information: Migrate settings from the Email Router to server-side synchronization
- Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) email servers are not currently supported by server-side synchronization or the Email Router.
Effective October 1 2020, the legacy Dynamics 365 for Outlook (also referred to as Outlook COM add-in) is retired. Customers must transition to the modern Dynamics 365 App for Outlook at the earliest. Microsoft will not provide support or any further updates (including security and critical updates) to the Outlook COM Add-in.
Starting December 4, 2020 the legacy Dynamics 365 for Outlook (also referred to as Outlook COM add-in) will be removed and users will no longer be able to use Outlook COM add-in. This removal will happen by geographic location and follows the weekly release schedule. For further information and steps to make a smooth transition, download Dynamics 365 for Outlook (COM add-in) Playbook.
Using server-side synchronization
Server-side synchronization has these benefits:
Enables Dynamics 365 App for Outlook. With Dynamics 365 App for Outlook, Customer Engagement (on-premises) information appears next to a user’s Outlook email messages or appointments. They can view information about contacts and leads stored in Customer Engagement (on-premises) and add Customer Engagement (on-premises) contacts directly from an email message. They can also link email, appointment, and contact records to new or existing Customer Engagement (on-premises) records, such as opportunity, account, or case records. Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is very simple to deploy and it works with Outlook on the web (included in Office 365) the Outlook desktop client, and Outlook mobile. Learn more about Dynamics 365 App for Outlook.
Enables Exchange folder tracking. With folder tracking, users can simply drag email to an Exchange folder to track it automatically in Customer Engagement (on-premises). Folder tracking works on any mobile device that supports Microsoft Exchange, which means users can track email from just about any device. Learn more about folder tracking.
Automatic synchronization. When you synchronize records with server-side synchronization, the synchronization happens automatically at the server level.
Enables multiple scenarios, including hybrid scenarios. You can use server-side synchronization to connect:
Customer Engagement apps to Exchange Online
Customer Engagement apps to Exchange Server (on-premises)
Customer Engagement server (on-premises) to Exchange Server (on-premises)
Customer Engagement server (on-premises) to Exchange Online
Synchronize appointments, contacts, and tasks. In addition to email, you can synchronize Outlook appointments, contacts, and tasks.
Synchronize with POP3 email servers. You can use server-side synchronization to synchronize Customer Engagement (on-premises) with Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo, and other POP3 email servers. Note, however, that you can’t synchronize appointments, contacts, and tasks with POP3 email servers.
Integrated mailbox management and resource utilization. You can use the server-side synchronization performance dashboard to quickly monitor mailbox performance across the organization. You can also troubleshoot errors through error logging and reporting.
More information: Integrate your email system using server-side synchronization
If you use server-side sync in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement, you won't be able to view S/MIME encrypted messages. Encrypting emails with S/MIME requires an application to use an S/MIME control which server-side sync does not support. For more information on S/MIME encryption, see Encrypt messages by using S/MIME in Outlook Web App.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM: How it works documentation
Integrate your email system using server-side synchronization
Troubleshooting and monitoring server-side synchronization issues
Deploy Dynamics 365 App for Outlook
Migrate settings from the Email Router to server-side synchronization
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