WRITTEN BY Patrick Verbeeten - 08 March 2012
In CRM 2011 there are two approaches you can use to create solutions; Managed and unmanaged. There is lots of information available as to what the differences are, for example on channel 9. In general I would recommend using managed solutions every time you are exporting customizations from one environment to the next (in a dev, test, prod environment). But this article specifically addresses the development of applications/products using multiple solutions. I have seen various approached used and people running into problems caused by developing multiple unmanaged solutions in one organization.
WRITTEN BY Patrick Verbeeten - 15 January 2011
One of the new features in CRM 2011 is called Solutions. This feature allows developers to group customizations into predefined packages and import/export these to different organizations. This basically is an improvement of the CRM 4.0 customization import/export. On top of simple grouped import/export solutions can be defined as managed, limiting the abilities to change the solution once import into a different organization. A managed solution can also be deleted.