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Sample: Web access from a sandboxed plug-in

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online


This sample code is for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Download the Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK package. It can be found in the following location in the download package:



Register the compiled plug-in to run in the sandbox on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM server.


Demonstrates how to code a plug-in that has Web (network) access and be registered in the sandbox.


Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Net

' Microsoft Dynamics CRM namespace(s)
Imports Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk

Namespace Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Samples

    ''' <summary>
    ''' A sandboxed plug-in that can access network (Web) resources.
    ''' </summary>
    ''' <remarks>Register this plug-in in the sandbox. You can provide an unsecure string
    ''' during registration that specifies the Web address (URI) to access from the plug-in.
    ''' </remarks>
    Public NotInheritable Class WebClientPlugin
        Implements IPlugin

        Private webAddress As String

        ''' <summary>
        ''' The plug-in constructor.
        ''' </summary>
        ''' <param name="config">The Web address to access. An empty or null string
        ''' defaults to accessing www.bing.com. The Web address can use the HTTP or
        ''' HTTPS protocol.</param>
        Public Sub New(ByVal config As String)

            If String.IsNullOrEmpty(config) Then

                webAddress = "http://www.bing.com"


                webAddress = config

            End If

        End Sub

        ''' <summary>
        ''' Main execute method that is required by the IPlugin interface. Uses the WebClient 
        ''' .NET class to access the target Web address.
        ''' </summary>
        ''' <param name="serviceProvider">The service provider from which you can obtain the
        ''' tracing service, plug-in execution context, organization service, and more.</param>
        Public Sub Execute(ByVal serviceProvider As IServiceProvider) _
            Implements IPlugin.Execute

            'Extract the tracing service for use in plug-in debugging.
            Dim tracingService As ITracingService =


                tracingService.Trace("Downloading the target URI: " & webAddress)


                    ' Download the target URI using a Web client. Any .NET class that uses the
                    ' HTTP or HTTPS protocols and a DNS lookup should work.
                    Using client As New WebClient()

                        Dim responseBytes() As Byte = client.DownloadData(webAddress)
                        Dim response As String = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(responseBytes)

                        ' For demonstration purposes, throw an exception so that the response
                        ' is shown in the trace dialog of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM user interface.
                        Throw New InvalidPluginExecutionException("WebClientPlugin completed successfully.")

                    End Using

                Catch exception As WebException

                    Dim str As String = String.Empty
                    If exception.Response IsNot Nothing Then

                        Using reader As New StreamReader(exception.Response.GetResponseStream())

                            str = reader.ReadToEnd()

                        End Using

                    End If
                    If exception.Status.Equals(WebExceptionStatus.Timeout) Then

                        Throw New InvalidPluginExecutionException("The timeout elapsed while attempting to issue the request.", exception)

                    End If
                    Throw New InvalidPluginExecutionException(String.Format(CultureInfo.InvariantCulture, "A Web exception occurred while attempting to issue the request. {0}: {1}", exception.Message, str), exception)

                End Try

            Catch e As Exception

                tracingService.Trace("Exception: {0}", e.ToString())

            End Try

        End Sub
    End Class

End Namespace

See Also

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
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