Install CRM 2013 Developer Toolkit on Visual Studio 2013

I had a hard time to install the CRM developer toolkit found in CRM 2013 SDK on VS 2013 that is running on Windows Server 2012 R2, so I thought of sharing the steps to make this happen:

  1. Download the CRM 2013 SDK and after extracting it navigate to: sdk\Tools\DeveloperToolkit\
  2. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator
  3. Run: msiexec /a CrmDeveloperToolsVS12_Installer.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp
  4. Navigate to the folder which you extracted the files
  5. Open the Visual Studio folder
  6. Open the archive file Microsoft.CrmDeveloperTools.vsix (I used 7-Zip for this)
  7. Edit extension.vsixmanifest
  8. Replace: InstalledByMsi=”true” with: InstalledByMsi=”false”
  9. Replace all instances of: Version=”[11.0,12.0)” with: Version=”[11.0,12.0]“ (note the closing bracket changed) and update the file in the archive.
  10. Double click to install the VSIX package Microsoft.CrmDeveloperTools.vsix found in the visual studio folder.
  11. Add the files found in the folder named “CRM MSBuild” extracted from the CrmDeveloperToolsVS12_Installer.msi to the folder in the path “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\CRM”
  12. If things didn’t work out you may need to edit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe.config and add the following lines:
    <assemblyIdentity name=”Microsoft.Windows.Design.Host” publicKeyToken=”b03f5f7f11d50a3a” culture=”neutral” />
    <bindingRedirect oldVersion=”″ newVersion=”″ />

In case the CRM explorer window is not loading when opening the CRM Toolkit project types you will need to add the below lines in the visual studio solution file:

  GlobalSection(CRMSolutionProperties) = preSolution
    SolutionIsBoundToCRM = TRUE