cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
dave8
Impactful Individual
Impactful Individual

How to create a table using the similar structure of the existing table within the environment?

Hello,

 

Could you please share the automated approach to create a new table using the existing table structure within the same environment in Microsoft Dataverse?

 

Thanks,

2 ACCEPTED SOLUTIONS

Accepted Solutions
ChrisPiasecki
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @dave8,

 

There's no out of box automated way, but there is an XrmToolbox plugin called the Clone Field Definitions Plugin that can copy all your columns (fields) from one Table to another. The Attributes Factory is a similar one where you can export out the columns of an existing entity, then create them for another table. You'd just need to create the new table first.

 

---
Please click Accept as Solution if my post answered your question. This will help others find solutions to similar questions. If you like my post and/or find it helpful, please consider giving it a Thumbs Up.

 

 

---
Please click Accept as Solution if my post answered your question. This will help others find solutions to similar questions. If you like my post and/or find it helpful, please consider giving it a Thumbs Up.
Chris

View solution in original post

EricRegnier
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

HI @dave8,

To supplement on the previous post, there are other out-of-the-box tricks with solutions:

  1. If you need to create the same table in the same tenant but different Dataverse environment, then simply export and import a solution.
  2. If you need same table in same Dataverse environment, then export a solution with your table (include all components). Unzip the solution file, edit the table physical name, change guids on forms, views. Re-zip and re-import

More complicated, but can use the SDK with .NET or Web API: https://docs.microsoft.com/powerapps/developer/data-platform/metadata-services#programmatically-work... 

Hope this helps...

View solution in original post

9 REPLIES 9
ChrisPiasecki
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @dave8,

 

There's no out of box automated way, but there is an XrmToolbox plugin called the Clone Field Definitions Plugin that can copy all your columns (fields) from one Table to another. The Attributes Factory is a similar one where you can export out the columns of an existing entity, then create them for another table. You'd just need to create the new table first.

 

---
Please click Accept as Solution if my post answered your question. This will help others find solutions to similar questions. If you like my post and/or find it helpful, please consider giving it a Thumbs Up.

 

 

---
Please click Accept as Solution if my post answered your question. This will help others find solutions to similar questions. If you like my post and/or find it helpful, please consider giving it a Thumbs Up.
Chris
EricRegnier
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

HI @dave8,

To supplement on the previous post, there are other out-of-the-box tricks with solutions:

  1. If you need to create the same table in the same tenant but different Dataverse environment, then simply export and import a solution.
  2. If you need same table in same Dataverse environment, then export a solution with your table (include all components). Unzip the solution file, edit the table physical name, change guids on forms, views. Re-zip and re-import

More complicated, but can use the SDK with .NET or Web API: https://docs.microsoft.com/powerapps/developer/data-platform/metadata-services#programmatically-work... 

Hope this helps...

hi @EricRegnier ,

 

Really appreciate for your sharing!

 

Would you please give more details about this process? Is the file customizations.xml to modify content in the unzipped exported zip file? I can only find physical name of fields but can't see a physical name of table/entity. Where to "change guids on forms", still in the customizations.xml? After re-zip, what "data source type" shall I choose to import the zip file? I tried "dataverse", it will connect to a dataverse without option to load from a zip file.

 

2. If you need same table in same Dataverse environment, then export a solution with your table (include all components). Unzip the solution file, edit the table physical name, change guids on forms, views. Re-zip and re-import

EricRegnier
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @billjin,

Yes that's right, the customizations.xml is one of the files in the unzipped solution. When you add a table to the solution, make sure you include all components, not just sub-components.

What do you mean by "data source type" and what type of components are in the solution? A screenshot of the error(s) would help.

Cheers

Hi @EricRegnier ,

Could you please explain how to do your proposed solution #2 above? How can I edit the table physical name, change guids on forms, views? I need to do that as I can not use XRMtoolbox in Dataverse for Teams.

EricRegnier
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hey @RamyEdrees, here are the steps:

  1. Create a new temporary solution with just that table inside, include all objects
  2. Export the solution as unmanaged
  3. Unzip the solution and open the customizations.xml and solution.xml files. Update the table and all its references
    1. A tip! I open customizations.xml and solution.xml in VSCode and do I find / replace on both these files so all the references are updated including the EntityRelationship
  4. Set new guids for all formid and savedqueryid

Hope this helps!

Hi @EricRegnier 

 

What do you mean by 'Set new guids for all formid and savedqueryid' ?

Also, are the solution.xml and customizations.xml case-sensitive? I see that in the exported file, it uses sometimes my table-name in first-lettered Caps, and sometimes in all lower-case letters. I changed the last letter/number of all formid and savedqueryid, but it still gave an error upon importing. Any suggestions?

 

kind regards,

EricRegnier
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @Diederik_H, apologies for late reply. All objects in Dataverse are represented with unique IDs (ie Guids). If you copy the table, you'll also copy the Guids which are already existing in the database so you'll have an issue importing. Generate new Guids, here's a useful website: https://guidgenerator.com/ and use the new Guids. I would use the same casing/format as it us currently set.

Hope this clarifies...

westerdaled
Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

I have almost the exact requirement.. Now that I've added around 30 columns to an existing table; I need to delete and recreate the same table with offline access support in the same environment. 

 

Attribute Factory works like a charm - thanks for recommending that.  I now have the excel file that lists all my table columns which are mostly bound the same option set. 

As stated, there isn't really any support for creating with the table with this file. So do  we recreat the current table do open Visual Studio and create a project to read the excel file and create each column using the the metadata in the file https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-apps/developer/data-platform/webapi/samples/webapiservice-m... I am happy to have new guids for all columns as this table has not seen action yet.

Is this the best approach?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful resources

Announcements

Check out the Copilot Studio Cookbook today!

We are excited to announce our new Copilot Cookbook Gallery in the Copilot Studio Community. We can't wait for you to share your expertise and your experience!    Join us for an amazing opportunity where you'll be one of the first to contribute to the Copilot Cookbook—your ultimate guide to mastering Microsoft Copilot. Whether you're seeking inspiration or grappling with a challenge while crafting apps, you probably already know that Copilot Cookbook is your reliable assistant, offering a wealth of tips and tricks at your fingertips--and we want you to add your expertise. What can you "cook" up?   Click this link to get started: https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Gallery   Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be one of the first in the Community to share your app creation journey with Copilot. We'll be announcing a Cookbook Challenge very soon and want to make sure you one of the first "cooks" in the kitchen.   Don't miss your moment--start submitting in the Copilot Cookbook Gallery today!     Thank you,  Engagement Team

Announcing Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery

We are excited to share that the all-new Copilot Cookbook Gallery for Power Apps is now available in the Power Apps Community, full of tips and tricks on how to best use Microsoft Copilot as you develop and create in Power Apps. The new Copilot Cookbook is your go-to resource when you need inspiration--or when you're stuck--and aren't sure how to best partner with Copilot while creating apps.   Whether you're looking for the best prompts or just want to know about responsible AI use, visit Copilot Cookbook for regular updates you can rely on--while also serving up some of your greatest tips and tricks for the Community. Check Out the new Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps today: Copilot Cookbook - Power Platform Community.  We can't wait to see what you "cook" up!      

Tuesday Tip | How to Report Spam in Our Community

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   Today's Tip: How to Report Spam in Our Community We strive to maintain a professional and helpful community, and part of that effort involves keeping our platform free of spam. If you encounter a post that you believe is spam, please follow these steps to report it: Locate the Post: Find the post in question within the community.Kebab Menu: Click on the "Kebab" menu | 3 Dots, on the top right of the post.Report Inappropriate Content: Select "Report Inappropriate Content" from the menu.Submit Report: Fill out any necessary details on the form and submit your report.   Our community team will review the report and take appropriate action to ensure our community remains a valuable resource for everyone.   Thank you for helping us keep the community clean and useful!

Community Roundup: A Look Back at Our Last 10 Tuesday Tips

As we continue to grow and learn together, it's important to reflect on the valuable insights we've shared. For today's #TuesdayTip, we're excited to take a moment to look back at the last 10 tips we've shared in case you missed any or want to revisit them. Thanks for your incredible support for this series--we're so glad it was able to help so many of you navigate your community experience!   Getting Started in the Community An overview of everything you need to know about navigating the community on one page!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Ranks and YOU Have you ever wondered how your fellow community members ascend the ranks within our community? We explain everything about ranks and how to achieve points so you can climb up in the rankings! Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Powering Up Your Community Profile Your Community User Profile is how the Community knows you--so it's essential that it works the way you need it to! From changing your username to updating contact information, this Knowledge Base Article is your best resource for powering up your profile. Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Blogs--A Great Place to Start There's so much you'll discover in the Community Blogs, and we hope you'll check them out today!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Unlocking Community Achievements and Earning Badges Across the Communities, you'll see badges on users profile that recognize and reward their engagement and contributions. Check out some details on Community badges--and find out more in the detailed link at the end of the article! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Blogging in the Community Interested in blogging? Everything you need to know on writing blogs in our four communities! Get started blogging across the Power Platform communities today! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Subscriptions & Notifications We don't want you to miss a thing in the community! Read all about how to subscribe to sections of our forums and how to setup your notifications! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Getting Started with Private Messages & Macros Do you want to enhance your communication in the Community and streamline your interactions? One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are using Private Messaging--and the ever-handy macros that are available to you as a Community member! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Community User Groups Learn everything about being part of, starting, or leading a User Group in the Power Platform Community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Update Your Community Profile Today! Keep your community profile up to date which is essential for staying connected and engaged with the community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.   Here's to many more Tuesday Tips as we pave the way for a brighter, more connected future! As always, watch the News & Announcements for the next set of tips, coming soon!

Hear what's next for the Power Up Program

Hear from Principal Program Manager, Dimpi Gandhi, to discover the latest enhancements to the Microsoft #PowerUpProgram, including a new accelerated video-based curriculum crafted with the expertise of Microsoft MVPs, Rory Neary and Charlie Phipps-Bennett. If you’d like to hear what’s coming next, click the link below to sign up today! https://aka.ms/PowerUp  

Welcome to the Power Apps Community

Welcome! Congratulations on joining the Microsoft Power Apps community! You are now a part of a vibrant group of peers and industry experts who are here to network, share knowledge, and even have a little fun! Now that you are a member, you can enjoy the following resources:   The Microsoft Power Apps Community Forums If you are looking for support with any part of Microsoft Power Apps, our forums are the place to go. They are titled "Get Help with Microsoft Power Apps " and there you will find thousands of technical professionals with years of experience who are ready and eager to answer your questions. You now have the ability to post, reply and give "kudos" on the Power Apps community forums! Make sure you conduct a quick search before creating a new post because your question may have already been asked and answered!   Microsoft Power Apps IdeasDo you have an idea to improve the Microsoft Power Apps experience, or a feature request for future product updates? Then the "Power Apps Ideas" section is where you can contribute your suggestions and vote for ideas posted by other community members. We constantly look to the most voted Ideas when planning updates, so your suggestions and votes will always make a difference.   Community Blog & NewsOver the years, more than 600 Power Apps Community Blog Articles have been written and published by our thriving community. Our community members have learned some excellent tips and have keen insights on building Power Apps. On the Power Apps Community Blog, read the latest Power Apps related posts from our community blog authors around the world. Let us know if you would like to become an author and contribute your own writing — everything Power Apps related is welcome!   Power Apps Samples, Learning and Videos GalleriesOur galleries have a little bit of everything to do with Power Apps. Our galleries are great for finding inspiration for your next app or component. You can view, comment and kudo the apps and component gallery to see what others have created! Or share Power Apps that you have created with other Power Apps enthusiasts. Along with all of that awesome content, there is the Power Apps Community Video & MBAS gallery where you can watch tutorials and demos by Microsoft staff, partners, and community gurus in our community video gallery.   Again, we are excited to welcome you to the Microsoft Power Apps community family! Whether you are brand new to the world of process automation or you are a seasoned Power Apps veteran. Our goal is to shape the community to be your ‘go to’ for support, networking, education, inspiration and encouragement as we enjoy this adventure together!   Let us know in the Community Feedback if you have any questions or comments about your community experience.To learn more about the community and your account be sure to visit our Community Support Area boards to learn more! We look forward to seeing you in the Power Apps Community!The Power Apps Team

Users online (3,996)