Posts Tagged ‘ObjectTypeCode’

Dynamics CE – Issue while updating ‘Annotation’ record using SDK

Other day, we encountered following error in our plug-in, which has the logic to retrieve and update the ‘objectid’ field (i.e., Associated record) of Annotation record.

‘new_myentity’ with ID XXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXX does not exists

Below is the plug-in code:

var entAnnotation=new Entity(“annotation”);
entAnnotation.Attributes[“objectid”] = new EntityReference(“new_myentity”,”{GUID}”);

We are trying to update ‘objectid’ and from the error, its clear that Object ID (i.e.,GUID) of the ‘new_myentity’ entity does not exists in the application.

But we know that the GUID is of a valid ‘new_myentity’ entity, as that was retrieved using ‘Query Expression’ in previous plug-in statement.

Reason and Fix:

  • We must also set ‘objecttypecode’ field as the schema name of the ‘objectid’ of the Annotation record.
  • In our case, its ‘new_myentity’.
  • Below is the code of Annotation update setting ‘objecttypecode’ field.

var entAnnotation=new Entity(“annotation”);
entAnnotation.Attributes[“objectid”] = new EntityReference(“new_myentity“,”{GUID}”);
entAnnotation.Attributes[“objecttypecode”] = “new_myentity“;

Issue was annoying and took sometime to troubleshoot and find the actual reason.


How to get Object Type Codes of Entities in CRM 2011

September 8, 2011 3 comments


In this article i have explained different ways to fetch entities “Object Type Code”

  •  Using SQL Query :-

Get Object Type codes by Sql Query


SELECT ObjectTypeCode,*



Using JScript  :-

  • The “ObjectTypeCode” can be extracted from Query String using JScript
  • “ObjectTypeCode” resides in “etc” query string  parameter
  • Below is the JScript statement to get “ObjectTypeCode”

var currEntityObjTypeCode= Xrm.Page.context.getQueryStringParameters().etc

Key Points

  • Type codes below 10,000 are reserved for OOB entities.
  • Custom entities have a value greater than or equal to 10,000.

Note:- Custom entity object type codes may change during import and are not guaranteed to be the same between systems.

Getting Object Type Code by ‘Entity Name’ using Jscript

Below script uses CRM inbuilt logic and return the entity type code (or) object type code for the given entity name.

function getObjectTypeCodeByName(entityName) {

try {

var lookupService = new RemoteCommand(“LookupService”, “RetrieveTypeCode”);

lookupService.SetParameter(“entityName”, entityName);

var result = lookupService.Execute();

if (result.Success && typeof result.ReturnValue == “number”) {

return result.ReturnValue;

} else {

return null;


} catch (e) {

alert(“Error while getting ETC by Name – ” + e.description);



Hope it helps 🙂