Create an Entity

Create an Entity (Master Data Services)


Applies To: SQL Server 2016 Preview

In Master Data Services, create an entity to contain members and their attributes.


To perform this procedure:

To create an entity

  1. In Master Data Manager, click System Administration.

  2. On the Manage Model page, from the grid, select the model that you want to create entity for and then click Entities.

  3. On the Manage Entity page, click Add.

  4. In the Name box, type the name of the entity.

  5. Optionally, in the Description field, type the entity description.

  6. Optionally, in the Name for staging tables box, type a name for the staging table.

    If you do not complete this field, the entity name is used.


    Use the model name as part of the staging table name, for example Modelname_Entityname. This makes the tables easier to find in the database. For more information about the staging tables, see Data Import (Master Data Services).

  7. For the Transaction Log Type field, choose the transaction log type in the drop-down list.

    For more information, see Change the Entity Transaction Log Type (Master Data Services)

  8. Optional. Select the Create Code values automatically check box. For more information, see Automatic Code Creation (Master Data Services).

  9. Optional. Select the Enable data Compression checkbox. By default the row compression is turned on. For more information , see Data Compression.

  10. Click Save.

For each created entity, a row with thirteen columns is added to the grid. The following are the columns.




The entity status. When you click Save the following image is displayed that indicates that the entity is updating.

Icon for updating status

If there are errors when creating or editing an entity, the following image is displayed.

Icon for error status

If the status is OK, then the following image is displayed.

Icon for OK status


The entity name.


The entity description.

Staging Table

The prefix name of the table that is used for storing data.

Transaction Log Type

The transaction log type of the entity.

Automatic Code Creation

Specifies whether automatic code creation is enabled.

Data Compression

Specifies whether data compression is enabled for the entity.

Is Sync Target

Specifies if the entity is the target of a sync relationship.

Is Hierarchy Enabled

Specifies if the entity is enabled for explicit hierarchies. This column shows Yes if at least one explicit hierarchy is created for the entity.

Created By

The username of the user who created the entity.

Created On

The date and time when the entity was created.

Updated By

The username of the user who last updated the entity.

Updated On

The date and time when the entity was last updated.

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