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Use MetdataId to find the Attribute Name of a deleted attribute

Question:

Tag: metadata,dynamics-crm

When I query the metadata using RetrieveMetadataChangesRequest, the RetrieveMetadataChangesResponse returns EntityMetadata and DeletedMetadata. The DeletedMetadata only returns the MetadataId.

Is there a way to get the metadata for the attribute without knowing the entity? Even just the attribute name would be fine.

RetrieveAttributeRequest I think only works if the attribute exists and if you have the entitylogicalname.


Answer:

No, the only infomration available is the MetadataId.

Quoting from the SDK:

This collection is a dictionary of GUID values using a DeletedMetadataFilters as a key. The GUID values represent MetadataId values of the metadata items.

Looking at another part of the SDK specifically addresses this question:

You will also use DeletedMetadataFilters enumeration as a key to the RetrieveMetadataChangesResponse.DeletedMetadata to filter the GUID values found in the RetrieveMetadataChangesResponse.DeletedMetadata property. When you design a metadata cache you will want to use the MetadataId for each item so that you can identify deleted metadata items and remove them.

So as a developer you are expected to populate a cache of metadata of interest to your application. You can query the CRM Metadata to find changes and deletes - but in the case of a delete you are responsible for having collected the metadata in your cache.


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