Set Auto Number field value conditionally in Dynamics 365 / Dataverse


Recently we had a requirement to use auto numbers for lead records.

However, based on where the lead records are being created from, we wanted to specify a different prefix to it.

For leads created manually, the format should be prefixed “L” followed by “– “and then 10 digit sequence number.

L-{SEQNUM:10}

And if created through API the prefix should be B.

B-{SEQNUM:10}

To achieve this, we can define an auto-number field with the following format.


Next, we can have a bool field (default – false) in the lead table, to identify if it is being created from the API, which we can set while creating the lead record through API.

And a Pre Create Plugin on Lead to check the value of that field.

If it is set (true), that we can replace the Prefix from L to B in the auto-number field within the context.

In the Pre Create plugin, we get the next sequence in the auto-number field, so simply replacing/setting the value of the auto numbering field did the trick.

Lead created through Web Application –

Lead created through API –

Here uniqueness was more important than the next sequence of the lead record so this solution worked.

Also check –

https://jonasr.app/2020/03/anm-unique-seq/

https://nishantrana.me/2021/11/09/few-key-points-auto-number-field-in-dataverse-dynamics-365-ce-crm/

Hope it helps..

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Author: Nishant Rana

I love working in and sharing everything about Microsoft.NET technology !

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