Adoxio Auto-Numbering uses two entities: Auto-Numbering Definition and Auto-Numbered Entity . An Action named Generate Auto-Number (abs_GenerateAutoNumber) is also supplied with the solution that allows Dynamics 365 administrators to manually generate a value from an Auto-Numbering Definition within a workflow or other process.
The Auto-Numbering Definition entity defines the parameters used to generate numbers.
|Field Name||Business Required||The name for this definition|
The format string.
The Format field supports the following syntax:
|Digits||Business Recommended||The number of digits in the
|Increment||None||The number by which sequential values are incremented. If unspecified, the default is 1.|
|Initial Value||None||The first numerical value issued by this definition. If unspecified, the default is 1.|
|Random Text Length||None||The number of random characters inserted into the
The format for the date and time in the
The Auto-Numbered Entity entity defines how an Auto-Numbering Definition is automatically applied to a specific entity. When a record of this type is saved, SDK Message Processing Steps are created or updated that will apply an auto-numbered value to the specified entity.
|Name||Business Recommended||The name for the record. If the record is created using the default form in CRM, this will be set to the Display Name for the entity used in the Entity Logical Name field (below).|
|Entity Logical Name||Business Required||The logical name for the entity to which the Auto-Numbering Definition will apply.|
|Auto-Numbering Definition||Business Required||The Auto-Numbering Definition that will be applied to this entity.|
|Target Field||Business Required||The logical name for the field that will receive the auto-numbered value.|
The logical name for the field that will trigger auto-numbering on the entity.
This field can be used to control when a new auto-numbered value is generated in order to prevent creation of auto-numbered values that will not be used by the business. For example, a business may wish to prevent auto-numbering case (incident) records for which information is not yet fully gathered.
|Execution Order||None||Corresponds to the Execution Order for an SDK Message Processing Step. This can be used to control the order that plugin steps for the given entity are applied without using the Dynamics 365 SDK Plugin Registration Tool. If unspecified, the plugin step will be registered with an Execution Order value of 0 (zero).|
|Execution Mode||Business Required||
Corresponds to the Execution Mode for an SDK Message Processing Step. This is used to define whether the auto-numbered value is applied synchronously or asynchronously. The default value is Synchronous.
The Generate Auto-Number action can be invoked on an Auto-Numbered Definition manually through a workflow or other process.
|Value||String||Required||Output||The auto-numbreed value.|
Note: The Generate Auto-Number action invokes a Custom Workflow Activity also named Generate Auto-Number. Direct invocation of this workflow activity is not supported. To ensure that auto-numbered values are unique, the value must be generated using the Generate Auto-Number action.
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