CRM 2011: Outlook Client Script Error – Object Doesn’t Support this Property or Method After Applying Update Rollup 8 UR8

Using the Microsoft CRM 2011 Dynamics Outlook client, we detected a weird issue after applying Update Rollup 8. The issue appeared to be related to JSCRIPT on an activity form. After reviewing each activity types form for onload or onchange JScript, then disabling, the issue below was still appearing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The error did not provide much details, neither did a CRM platform or Outlook Client trace. It turns out that the IE settings mask the real error message. Also note, that Outlook Client is using the IE Settings to connect to the CRM Server. Additionally, the problem DOES NOT OCCUR USING INTERNET EXPLORER – AKA CRM WebClient.

Inside internet explorer options, click the advanced tab, under browsing uncheck the following boxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we can see the true error message:

The key in the error message was related to the masterWindow Function. This is an internal function to the Microsoft CRM Platform and is related to how IE Frame window is displayed within the outlook client.

After further inspection of the HTML/Script being generated (using F12 for Developer Bar) and Visual Studio debugger attached to the Outlook Process for Script Errors, we saw specific calls related to gathering and updating Metrics via the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Microsoft gathers Metrics (not goals) about your CRM system and you have the option to opt out during your CRM installation.. It turns out the workaround is opting out, which resolves the error until a hotfix or future rollup can be provided (link to fix will be updated in the future).

Here’s how:

Step 1: From Settings, CRM Administration, Select Privacy Preferences

 

 Step 2: Disable Participation in the Customer Experience Improvement Program: