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Messages for Import, Export, and Publish

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[Applies to: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0]

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The following table describes the messages related to importing, exporting, and publishing customizations. Use these messages with the Execute method.

Message nameDescription
ExportAllXmlExport all customizations to an XML file.
ExportCompressedAllXmlExport all customizations to an XML file, which is then compressed into a zipped format.
ExportCompressedTranslationsXmlExport all translations to an XML file, which is then compressed into a zipped format.
ExportCompressedXmlExport the specified customizations to an XML file, which is then compressed into a zipped format.
ExportTranslationsXmlExport all translations to an XML file.
ExportXmlExport a list of entities to an XML file.
ImportAllXmlImport all customizations from an XML file.
ImportCompressedAllXmlImport all customizations from an XML file that has been compressed into a zipped format.
ImportCompressedXmlWithProgressImport all customizations with progress logging from an XML file that has been compressed into a zipped format.
ImportTranslationsXmlWithProgressImport all translations from an XML file with progress logging.
ImportXmlImport a list of entities from an XML file.
ImportXmlWithProgressImport the specified set of entity customizations from an XML file with progress logging.
PublishAllXmlPublish all customizations.
PublishXmlPublish a list of entity customizations.

The following points describe the details of importing, exporting, and publishing:

  • Only entity customizations that have been published are exported.
  • Importing is additive for custom entities, attributes, and relationships. That is, if an import file contains entities that do not exist on the target system, they are added to the target system. If an entity exists on the target system, but does not exist in the import file, the entities remain on the target system.
  • Every attribute that is required either in a Create or in an Update operation is exported. In addition, there are some non-modifiable properties that are exported, which are used in Create operations.
  • System settings and business settings do not participate in import, export, and publish operations.
  • Changes that you make to the customizations.xml file must comply with the schema. For more information, see Import and Export Schema.

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