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Finding an attribute by MetaDataId

I'm going to put this here, since it took me half a day of work to achieve it.

 

Following scenario:

One of our CI pipelines ran into an error, stating the following:

"The evaluation of the current component(name=Attribute, id=4fe6d1f0-de6d-417c-a930-47e37848debf) in the current operation (Update) failed during managed property evaluation of condition: Managed Property Name: canmodifyrequirementlevelsettings; Component Name: Attribute; Attribute Name: canmodifyrequirementlevelsettings"

 

So the message is clear. The pipeline is trying to update the Requirement Level of an attribute, but since its managed property "canmodifyrequirementlevelsettings" changed by an update, we are not allowed to do so anymore. But which attribute? On which entity/table? The error message only showed us the AttributeId.

 

Unfortunately the message did not state the table which contains this attribute. Also unfortunately that WebAPI MetaData retrieves for getting Attribute Information require entity information. (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/dynamicscrm-2016/developers-guide/mt788314(v=crm.... 

 

So, what to do. At first I checked the MetaDataBrowser in XrmToolbox to see if I can lookup the attributeId. Great tool, you can see and lookup the MetaDataId, but here you also need to open up an entity first.

 

Second I created a XLS which contained all attributes from the system with the help of MetaData Document Generator from XrmToolbox. Took pretty long as you can guess. Opened up the document - no MetaDataId available 😫

 

After some time, the SQL 4 CDS tool came to my mind. Opened up the tool, and YES - there is a section for MetaData and a table called "Attributes"! 😍

 

So, creating a short query like stated below, executing - BOOM! We have it!

SELECT displayname,logicalname,entitylogicalname,metadataid,requiredlevel
FROM metadata.attribute
WHERE metadataid = '4fe6d1f0-de6d-417c-a930-47e37848debf'

 

HerrMueller_0-1644504431625.png

 

So now I could look into our repository and update the requiredlevel to the correct one.

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You can lookup the attribute by its AttributeID in the Metadata using the "SQL 4 CDS" extension in XrmToolbox.

 

  1. Connect to your environment and open the SQL 4 CDS.
  2. Check if you are able to see the Metadata section and the Attributes subsection.
  3. Paste the following statement in the query editor and replace the ID Value.
  4. Run the query.

 

SELECT displayname,logicalname,entitylogicalname,metadataid,requiredlevel
FROM metadata.attribute
WHERE metadataid = '4fe6d1f0-de6d-417c-a930-47e37848debf'

 

HerrMueller_1-1644820009249.png

 

 

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v-yujincui-msft
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Hi @HerrMueller ,

 

Thank you very much for your sharing, you might consider writing your solution in the reply and then mark your answer as a 'solution' so that it can better help other users.

 

Best Regards,

Charlie Choi

You can lookup the attribute by its AttributeID in the Metadata using the "SQL 4 CDS" extension in XrmToolbox.

 

  1. Connect to your environment and open the SQL 4 CDS.
  2. Check if you are able to see the Metadata section and the Attributes subsection.
  3. Paste the following statement in the query editor and replace the ID Value.
  4. Run the query.

 

SELECT displayname,logicalname,entitylogicalname,metadataid,requiredlevel
FROM metadata.attribute
WHERE metadataid = '4fe6d1f0-de6d-417c-a930-47e37848debf'

 

HerrMueller_1-1644820009249.png

 

 

Anonymous
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Absolute lifesaver, this saved me so much time, thanks @HerrMueller 

Hi HerrMueller,

 

can we also do an update? Like this?

update metadata.attribute
set isvalidforgrid = 0
where metadataid = '1fca9b2a-15bc-ed11-83ff-0022489fd722'

 

I search for a method to update the isvalidforgrid.

 

Many Thanks

Willy

Hello @WillyBD,

you can't perform updates via TDS Endpoint (SQL 4 CDS), so I think that's not possible.

I would do it via customization.xml

Hi HerrMueller,

thanks for the reply and the suggestion.

 

If I add the fields in a solution and export it, we can modify the DisplayMask.

<DisplayMask>ValidForAdvancedFind|ValidForForm|ValidForGrid</DisplayMask>

We can remove ValidForAdvancedFind, and the update is well done.

But if we remove the ValidForForm or ValidForGrid, the update is not done, when importing the solution again.

 

Do you consider this as a bug? Or are those fields protected?

 

Thanks

Willy

Hi @WillyBD,

 

I don't think that's a supported change to remove "ValidForGrid" or "ValidForForm", but you could involve Support to have more tracing during solution import to have it verified.

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