How to – Clone a record in Dataverse / Dynamics 365 (C#)


Here we will be cloning the below contact record –

For it, we can make use Clone method of EntityExtensions class

If we run the below code, we will get the “Cannot insert duplicate key” exception.

Because we need to set the ID for the newly cloned record to either empty or a new GUID.

Also, we need to remove the contactid attribute or entity’s id field else we will get the below exception – “Entity Id must be the same as the value set in property bag

Also if we are retrieving all the attributes we need to make sure we remove those attribute which can cause below unique constraint errors.

Sql error: The operation attempted to insert a duplicate value for an attribute with a unique constraint. CRM ErrorCode: -2147012606 Sql ErrorCode: -2146232060 Sql Number: 2627

In case of contact, we had to remove the address id attributes, to get the record cloned.

Now let us clone the same contact record with its related leads.

  • Here first we need to retrieve contact along with its associated lead record.
  • Then remove the id attribute that could duplicate issues in the child lead records also.

Please refer the helpful posts –

https://debajmecrm.com/clone-record-dynamics-crm-clone-method/

https://www.inogic.com/blog/2014/08/clone-records-in-dynamics-crm/

https://dyncrmexp.com/2017/10/24/retrieve-primary-entities-along-with-related-entities-with-one-queryexpression/comment-page-1/

https://dynamict.eu/2016/08/09/create-record-with-related-records-in-a-single-request-using-c/

Hope it helps..

 // related lead records of contact
                    QueryExpression query = new QueryExpression("lead");                    
                    query.ColumnSet = new ColumnSet(true);

                    // contact and lead - 1 - n relationship
                    Relationship relationship = new Relationship("lead_parent_contact");
                    relationship.PrimaryEntityRole = EntityRole.Referenced;

                    RelationshipQueryCollection relatedEntity = new RelationshipQueryCollection();
                    relatedEntity.Add(relationship, query);

                    RetrieveRequest request = new RetrieveRequest();
                    request.RelatedEntitiesQuery = relatedEntity;
                    request.ColumnSet = new ColumnSet(true);
                    request.Target = new EntityReference("contact", new Guid("ca0aa844-57c6-ec11-a7b6-00224826af1e"));

                    RetrieveResponse response = (RetrieveResponse)svc.Execute(request);
                    var contactToBeCloned = response.Entity;                   
                    var clonedContact = contactToBeCloned.Clone(true);

                    // remove attribute that can cause error from main entity             
                    clonedContact.Id = Guid.NewGuid();
                    clonedContact.Attributes.Remove("contactid");                    
                    clonedContact.Attributes.Remove("address1_addressid");
                    clonedContact.Attributes.Remove("address2_addressid");
                    clonedContact.Attributes.Remove("address3_addressid");

                    // remove attribute that can cause error from child / related entities
                    foreach (var relatedEntities in clonedContact.RelatedEntities)
                    {
                        foreach(var leadEntity in relatedEntities.Value.Entities)
                        {
                            leadEntity.Id = Guid.NewGuid();
                            leadEntity.Attributes.Remove("leadid");
                            leadEntity.Attributes.Remove("address1_addressid");
                            leadEntity.Attributes.Remove("address2_addressid");
                        }
                    }
                    svc.Create(clonedContact);
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How to –Upload files to File Column / Attribute in SSIS from Azure Blog Storage – KingswaySoft (Dynamics 365 / CRM)


Below are a few ways we can upload files to the File Column type field using KingswaySoft’ s Integration Toolkit and Premium Flat File Source and Premium Derived column which are part of the SSIS Productivity Pack of KingswaySoft

https://nishantrana.me/2022/03/17/how-to-upload-files-from-file-column-attribute-using-ssis-kingswaysoft-dynamics-365-crm/

Using the Import columnhttps://nishantrana.me/2022/08/10/how-to-upload-files-to-file-column-attribute-using-ssis-kingswaysoft-and-import-column-dynamics-365-crm/

Using the Script Componenthttps://nishantrana.me/2022/08/09/how-to-use-script-component-to-upload-files-to-file-column-attribute-in-ssis-kingswaysoft-dynamics-365-crm/

Here instead of uploading the files from the local drive, we will be uploading the files stored in the Azure Blob Storage to the corresponding contact records inside CRM.

Below is our Blob Container – here to make things simple we have the mobile number of the contact records used as the pdf file name uploaded, and which will be used for updating the contact records.

The contact records in CRM

Below is how our package looks like

Here we have specified the Item Selection Mode as Recursive (File Only) to make sure it picks the files only and not the folder.

Within the Derived Column, we are replacing the pdf extension from the file name i.e. mobile number, and using it to find the contact records and update them.

Finally, in the CDS / CRM Destination Component, we are performing an upsert using the dervied Mobile Phone Formatted derived column as a match.

The mapping –

Let us now run the package.

Let us now open the records and check.

As expected we can see the file uploaded.

Thanks to Venkata for this solution https://www.linkedin.com/in/venkata-satya-kumar-nagumalli-77923972

Also, check out –

To extract attachments from notes-https://nishantrana.me/2021/02/10/extracting-attachments-from-notes-in-dynamics-365-dataverse/

To download files using Download Block Requesthttps://nishantrana.me/2022/03/14/how-to-download-file-from-file-column-using-initializefileblocksdownload-and-downloadblock-request-dynamics-365-crm-dataverse/

To upload files using Upload Block Requesthttps://nishantrana.me/2022/03/15/how-to-upload-file-to-file-column-using-initializefileblocksupload-and-uploadblock-request-dynamics-365-crm/

Understand File and Image Data Typehttps://nishantrana.me/2021/10/01/using-file-and-image-data-type-in-dataverse-dynamics-365/

Try out the wonderful, feature-rich, and powerful SSIS Integration Toolkit for Dynamics 365 by KingswaySofthttps://www.kingswaysoft.com/products/ssis-integration-toolkit-for-microsoft-dynamics-365/download

Check other articles on SSIS plus CRM – https://nishantrana.me/2018/11/26/ssis-and-microsoft-dynamics-365/

Hope it helps..

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Environment Variable referencing Azure Key Vault secrets (Dataverse / Power Platform)


Check out the below articles –

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-apps/maker/data-platform/environmentvariables#use-azure-key-vault-secrets-preview

Within plugin https://itmustbecode.com/azure-key-vault-secrets-in-dataverse/

Within Power Automatehttps://www.msautomate.com/2022/06/16/azure-keyvault-and-power-automate/

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-to-use-environment-variables-with-akv-secrets-in-the-ci-cd-pipeline-when-deploying-applications/

https://blog.yannickreekmans.be/environment-variable-secrets-azure-key-vault-improvement/

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How to – Use Import Column to Upload files to File Column / Attribute in SSIS KingswaySoft(Dynamics 365 / CRM)


A few weeks back had posted on how to upload files to the File Column type field using KingswaySoft’ s Integration Toolkit and Premium Flat File Source and Premium Derived column which are part of the SSIS Productivity Pack of KingswaySoft

https://nishantrana.me/2022/03/17/how-to-upload-files-from-file-column-attribute-using-ssis-kingswaysoft-dynamics-365-crm/

Here we will see an example of achieving the same without using the KingswaySoft Productivity Pack’s Premium Flat File Source and Derived column. (although would recommend using it as it includes over 300 premium components making it easier to rapidly build efficient solutions)

https://www.kingswaysoft.com/products/ssis-productivity-pack

Below is our source file

The contact records in CRM

Below is how the package looks like

The Flat File Source points to the location where we have the source csv file containing email, file path, and file name.

Import Column takes the File Path as the Input.

For the Input and Output properties, add an output column (BinaryColumn) of DataType = image.

In the FilePath input column properties, specify the column id of the output column.

Finally, in the CDS / CRM Destination Component, we are performing an upsert using the Email id as a match.

Here we have mapped the output column of the Import Column i.e. BinaryColumn to the binary content field of the file type attribute of the CRM.

Let us now run the package.

Let us now open the records and check.

As expected we can see the file uploaded.

Also, check out –

To extract attachments from notes-https://nishantrana.me/2021/02/10/extracting-attachments-from-notes-in-dynamics-365-dataverse/

To download files using Download Block Requesthttps://nishantrana.me/2022/03/14/how-to-download-file-from-file-column-using-initializefileblocksdownload-and-downloadblock-request-dynamics-365-crm-dataverse/

To upload files using Upload Block Requesthttps://nishantrana.me/2022/03/15/how-to-upload-file-to-file-column-using-initializefileblocksupload-and-uploadblock-request-dynamics-365-crm/

Understand File and Image Data Typehttps://nishantrana.me/2021/10/01/using-file-and-image-data-type-in-dataverse-dynamics-365/

Try out the wonderful, feature-rich, and powerful SSIS Integration Toolkit for Dynamics 365 by KingswaySofthttps://www.kingswaysoft.com/products/ssis-integration-toolkit-for-microsoft-dynamics-365/download

Check other articles on SSIS plus CRM – https://nishantrana.me/2018/11/26/ssis-and-microsoft-dynamics-365/

Hope it helps..

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How to – use Associate Entities and Disassociate Entities Event in Audit to check Security Roles changes in Dynamics 365


Let us assign the System Customizer role to the user John Denver save it and then remove the same.

Let us check the Audit records generated for it.

We can see 2 records with event Associate Entities and Disassociate Entities with security role name – System Customizer created in the Audit Summary View as shown below.

Here the entity will be Security Role.

Let us assign 2 more roles to the user.

As expected we can see 2 records, with event Associate Entities.

Now let us see what happens when we update the Business Unit of the user. If you remember, assigning a new business unit removes all the existing security roles of the user.

Well this can be controlled now through DoNotRemoveRolesOnChangeBusinessUnit
setting – https://nishantrana.me/2022/01/05/how-to-change-users-business-unit-without-removing-the-security-roles-in-dynamics-365-powerapps-enableownershipacrossbusinessunits-setting/

Here we have changed the business unit of user 2, he had salesperson, system administrator, and system customizer roles assigned.

We can see the business unit change is recorded.

From Audit History of the user record – we can check all the Associate Entities and Disassociate Entities record that will give us the details of the previous Security Roles user was having before the Business Unit change.

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Other related Audit articles –

Hope it helps..

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How to – Use Power Apps Ideas (preview) to generate Power Fx Formulas.


Let us have a quick look at the powerful Power Apps Ideas feature with a few examples.

Power Apps Ideas feature works for –

  • Items property – Gallery and Data table control.
  • Data Sources – Microsoft Dataverse, Microsoft Lists, Excel, SharePoint.
  • Data Types – Text, Whole Number, Decimal Number, Date and Time, Choice, Boolean.
  • It is only available in environments in the US region with en-us as the browser’s default language.
  • Check the list of supported Functions

The feature can be controlled from the Settings within the App.

Let us check some of the examples of natural language transformation to Power Fx Formulas.

We have a sample canvas app with the gallery control bound to Contacts (Dataverse).

Select the Gallery control, and navigate to the Ideas tab.

Let us first sort the contacts by Last Name. As we type we get the IntelliSense support.

We have our condition ready to sort by Last Name now let us click on Get ideas.

We can see the formula generated for the same. We can click on Appy to apply the formula.

As a result of applying the formula, we have the contacts sorted by Last Name.

Let us try a filter – filter contacts where the first name starts with N.

On applying the formula, the result –

Another example of a filter based on Created On.

Filter based on text –

Filter with multiple And conditions –

At times we would have to tweak the generated formula to get the desired result if it is interpreted differently.

We saw the transformation of the natural language, now let us check the transformation of the examples to Power FX Formulas, for this let us select the fields inside the gallery.

As an example, if we only want the initials of the first and last name instead of the full name, we can change the name to the initials and click on Get Ideas.

Let us change it to C M, followed by selecting Get ideas and Apply.


Next, let us change the date format to include the seconds part and the name of the month.

From –

Here we added the name of the month and the seconds in the example and clicked on the Get ideas, which generated the formula, followed by Apply.

We can see the result as expected.

Thus Power App Ideas make it easy for users to quickly apply the correct formulas using natural language and examples.

Get all the details here – Power App Ideas

Hope it helps..

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