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Create and update an entity than can be emailed

Applies To: CRM 2015 on-prem, CRM Online

You can create an entity that contains an email address you can use to send email activities to records for that entity.

The following sample creates a custom entity and sets the IsActivityParty property to true. It also creates a StringAttributeMetadata attribute using StringFormatName.Email to provide an email address to use.

Even if you add other StringAttributeMetadata attributes formatted as an email address, only the first one specified is used.



// Create the custom entity.
CreateEntityRequest createrequest = new CreateEntityRequest
{
    // Define an entity to enable for emailing. In order to do so,
    // IsActivityParty must be set.
    Entity = new EntityMetadata
    {
        SchemaName = _customEntityName,
        DisplayName = new Label("Agent", 1033),
        DisplayCollectionName = new Label("Agents", 1033),
        Description = new Label("Insurance Agents", 1033),
        OwnershipType = OwnershipTypes.UserOwned,
        IsActivity = false,

        // Unless this flag is set, this entity cannot be party to an
        // activity.
        IsActivityParty = true
    },

    // As with built-in emailable entities, the Primary Attribute will
    // be used in the activity party screens. Be sure to choose descriptive
    // attributes.
    PrimaryAttribute = new StringAttributeMetadata
    {
        SchemaName = "new_fullname",
        RequiredLevel = new AttributeRequiredLevelManagedProperty(AttributeRequiredLevel.None),
        MaxLength = 100,
        FormatName = StringFormatName.Text,
        DisplayName = new Label("Agent Name", 1033),
        Description = new Label("Agent Name", 1033)
    }
};

_serviceProxy.Execute(createrequest);
Console.WriteLine("The emailable entity has been created.");

// The entity will not be selectable as an activity party until its customizations
// have been published. Otherwise, the e-mail activity dialog cannot find
// a correct default view.
PublishAllXmlRequest publishRequest = new PublishAllXmlRequest();
_serviceProxy.Execute(publishRequest);

// Before any emails can be created for this entity, an Email attribute
// must be defined.
CreateAttributeRequest createFirstEmailAttributeRequest = new CreateAttributeRequest
{
    EntityName = _customEntityName,
    Attribute = new StringAttributeMetadata
    {
        SchemaName = "new_emailaddress",
        RequiredLevel = new AttributeRequiredLevelManagedProperty(AttributeRequiredLevel.None),
        MaxLength = 100,                            
        FormatName = StringFormatName.Email,
        DisplayName = new Label("Email Address", 1033),
        Description = new Label("Email Address", 1033)
    }
};

_serviceProxy.Execute(createFirstEmailAttributeRequest);
Console.WriteLine("An email attribute has been added to the emailable entity.");

// Create a second, alternate email address. Since there is already one 
// email attribute on the entity, this will never be used for emailing
// even if the first one is not populated.
CreateAttributeRequest createSecondEmailAttributeRequest = new CreateAttributeRequest
{
    EntityName = _customEntityName,
    Attribute = new StringAttributeMetadata
    {
        SchemaName = "new_secondaryaddress",
        RequiredLevel = new AttributeRequiredLevelManagedProperty(AttributeRequiredLevel.None),
        MaxLength = 100,                            
        FormatName = StringFormatName.Email,
        DisplayName = new Label("Secondary Email Address", 1033),
        Description = new Label("Secondary Email Address", 1033)
    }
};

_serviceProxy.Execute(createSecondEmailAttributeRequest);

Console.WriteLine("A second email attribute has been added to the emailable entity.");

See Also

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
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