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Asynchronous Service Architecture

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[Applies to: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0]

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The Microsoft Dynamics CRM system architecture can be divided into 3 major components: the core system, which features the event execution pipeline, the database component, which hosts the asynchronous queue, and the asynchronous service. One benefit of the scalable architecture of Microsoft Dynamics CRM is that the asynchronous service can be hosted on servers other than the Microsoft Dynamics CRM server. This distributed processing capability can result in improved performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

The following diagram shows the asynchronous service and its relationship to the event execution pipeline and the asynchronous service queue.

Asynchronous Service

Register plug-ins for asynchronous events when they have to perform lots of processing or for functions that are not time critical. Registering a plug-in that performs lots of processing for a synchronous event can adversely affect the performance of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system.

You should stop the asynchronous service before you unregister a plug-in that was registered to execute asynchronously. Stopping the service prevents a situation where an asynchronous registered plug-in has been queued for execution but for which there is no plug-in assembly currently registered. For example, consider the situation in which a plug-in has been registered to execute asynchronously and the related event has fired. After the asynchronous operation has been queued by the queue manager, you then unregister (delete) the plug-in assembly from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM database. In this case, an error occurs when the asynchronous service tries to execute the queued asynchronous operation but the plug-in assembly no longer exists.

Queue Manager

The queue manager is responsible for creating and managing asynchronous operations that are sent to the asynchronous service either from the event execution pipeline or directly by a Web service call. When an event is raised in the event execution pipeline, and if one or more plug-ins are registered for that event, the queue manager creates a new asynchronous operation in the queue. Throughout the lifetime of the asynchronous operation, its status may change multiple times from creation until it is completed. The queue manager runs as part of the asynchronous service and manages the state changes of the asynchronous operations. A part of the queue manager, known as the asynchronous queue agent, is located on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM server.

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