Sample: Use the organization service context


Updated: November 29, 2016

Applies To: Dynamics 365 (online), Dynamics 365 (on-premises), Dynamics CRM 2016, Dynamics CRM Online

This sample code is for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online & on-premises). Download the Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK package. It can be found in the following location in the download package:



For more information about the requirements for running the sample code provided in this SDK, see Use the sample and helper code.


This sample shows how to use the OrganizationServiceContext to perform basic operations such as create, retrieve, update and delete.


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.Text;

// These namespaces are found in the Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.dll assembly
// located in the SDK\bin folder of the SDK download.
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Client;

// These namespaces are found in the Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Proxy.dll assembly
// located in the SDK\bin folder of the SDK download.
using Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Messages;

namespace Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Samples
    /// <summary>
    /// Demonstrates how to do use the OrganizationServiceContext to work with multiple
    /// records simultaneously.</summary>
    /// <remarks>
    /// NOTE: To execute file attachment step, you must have a text file named
    /// "sample.txt" in the folder in which this code is executed.
    /// At run-time, you will be given the option to delete all the
    /// database records created by this program.</remarks>
    public class BasicContextExamples
        #region Class Level Members

        private Guid _accountId;
        private Guid _contactId;
        private Guid _annotationId;
        private Guid _priceLevelId;
        private Guid _quoteId;
        private Guid _productId;
        private Guid _productPriceLevelId;
        private Guid _quoteDetailId;
        private Guid _opportunityId;
        private Guid _incidentId;
        private OrganizationServiceProxy _serviceProxy;
        private OrganizationServiceContext _orgContext;
        private IOrganizationService _service;

        #endregion Class Level Members

        #region How To Sample Code
        /// <summary>
        /// This method first connects to the Organization service and creates the
        /// OrganizationServiceContext. Then, several entity creation and relationship
        /// operations are performed.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="serverConfig">Contains server connection information.</param>
        /// <param name="promptforDelete">When True, the user will be prompted to delete all
        /// created entities.</param>
        public void Run(ServerConnection.Configuration serverConfig, bool promptforDelete)
                // Connect to the Organization service. 
                // The using statement assures that the service proxy will be properly disposed.
                using (_serviceProxy = new OrganizationServiceProxy(serverConfig.OrganizationUri, serverConfig.HomeRealmUri,
                                                                     serverConfig.Credentials, serverConfig.DeviceCredentials))
                    // This statement is required to enable early-bound type support.

                    _service = (IOrganizationService)_serviceProxy;


                    // The OrganizationServiceContext is an object that wraps the service
                    // proxy and allows creating/updating multiple records simultaneously.
                    _orgContext = new OrganizationServiceContext(_service);

                    // Create a new contact called Mary Kay Andersen.
                    var contact = new Contact()
                        FirstName = "Mary Kay",
                        LastName = "Andersen",
                        Address1_Line1 = "23 Market St.",
                        Address1_City = "Sammamish",
                        Address1_StateOrProvince = "MT",
                        Address1_PostalCode = "99999",
                        Telephone1 = "12345678",
                        EMailAddress1 = "",
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _contactId = contact.Id;
                    Console.Write("Instantiating contact, ");

                    // Create an account called Contoso.
                    var account = new Account()
                        Name = "Contoso",
                        Address1_City = "Redmond",
                        // set the account category to 'Preferred Customer'
                        AccountCategoryCode = new OptionSetValue(1), 
                        LastUsedInCampaign = DateTime.Now,
                        MarketCap = new Money(120000),
                        DoNotEMail = true,
                        Description = "Contoso is a fictional company!",
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
                    _accountId = account.Id;
                    Console.Write("instantiating account, ");

                    // Set Mary Kay Andersen as the primary contact
                        new Relationship("account_primary_contact"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(contact, account);
                    Console.WriteLine("and creating both records in CRM.");

                    // Remove the primary contact value from Mary Kay Andersen
                        new Relationship("account_primary_contact"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(contact, account);
                    Console.Write("Removing primary contact status, ");

                    // Add Mary Kay Andersen to the contact list for the account Contoso.
                        new Relationship("contact_customer_accounts"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(contact, account);
                    Console.WriteLine("and adding contact to account's contact list.");

                    // Add a note with a document attachment to the contact's record.
                    var attachment = File.OpenRead("sample.txt");
                    var data = new byte[attachment.Length];
                    attachment.Read(data, 0, (int)attachment.Length);

                    var note = new Annotation()
                        Subject = "Note subject...",
                        NoteText = "Note Details....",
                        DocumentBody = Convert.ToBase64String(data),
                        FileName = Path.GetFileName(attachment.Name),
                        MimeType = "text/plain",
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
                        // Associate the note to the contact.
                        ObjectId = contact.ToEntityReference(),
                        ObjectTypeCode = Contact.EntityLogicalName
                    _annotationId = note.Id;
                    Console.Write("Instantiating a note, ");
                    // Set the contact as the Regarding attribute of the note.
                        new Relationship("Contact_Annotation"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(note, contact);
                    Console.WriteLine("creating the note in CRM and linking to contact.");

                    // Change the owning user of the contact Mary Kay Andersen
                    // Find a user with an email address of ""
                    var newOwner = (from u in _orgContext.CreateQuery<SystemUser>()
                                    where u.InternalEMailAddress == ""
                                    select u).Single();
                    AssignRequest assignRequest = new AssignRequest()
                        Target = contact.ToEntityReference(),
                        Assignee = newOwner.ToEntityReference()
                    Console.WriteLine("Changing ownership of contact record.");

                    // Create a new price list called Retail Price List.
                    var priceList = new PriceLevel()
                        Name = "Retail Price List",
                        BeginDate = DateTime.Now,
                        EndDate = DateTime.Now,
                        Description = "Contoso's primary pricelist.",
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _priceLevelId = priceList.Id;
                    Console.Write("Instantiating price list ");

                    // Create a new product called Widget A.
                    var newProduct = new Product()
                        Name = "Widget A",
                        Description = "Industrial widget for hi-tech industries",
                        ProductStructure = new OptionSetValue(1), // 1 = Product
                        QuantityOnHand = 2,
                        ProductNumber = "WIDG-A",
                        Price = new Money(decimal.Parse("12.50")),
                        QuantityDecimal = 2, // Sets the Decimals Supported value
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
                        DefaultUoMScheduleId = new EntityReference(
                        DefaultUoMId = new EntityReference(
                    _productId = newProduct.Id;
                    Console.WriteLine("and product.");
                    SaveChangesHelper(priceList, newProduct);

                    // Add Widget A to the Retail Price List.
                    var priceLevelProduct = new ProductPriceLevel()
                        ProductId = newProduct.ToEntityReference(),
                        UoMId = newProduct.DefaultUoMId,
                        Amount = new Money(decimal.Parse("12.50")),
                        PriceLevelId = priceList.ToEntityReference(),
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _productPriceLevelId = priceLevelProduct.Id;
                    Console.Write("Associating product to price list, ");

                    // Publish the product
                    SetStateRequest publishRequest = new SetStateRequest
                        EntityMoniker = newProduct.ToEntityReference(),
                        State = new OptionSetValue((int)ProductState.Active),
                        Status = new OptionSetValue(1)
                    Console.WriteLine("and publishing the product.");

                    // Create a new quote for Contoso.
                    var newQuote = new Quote()
                        Name = "Quotation for Contoso",
                        // Sets the pricelist to the one we've just created
                        PriceLevelId = priceList.ToEntityReference(),
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
                        CustomerId = account.ToEntityReference()
                    _quoteId = newQuote.Id;
                        new Relationship("quote_customer_accounts"),
                    Console.Write("Instantiating a quote, ");

                    // Add a quote product to this quote.
                    var quoteProduct = new QuoteDetail()
                        ProductId = newProduct.ToEntityReference(),
                        Quantity = 1,
                        QuoteId = newQuote.ToEntityReference(),
                        UoMId = newProduct.DefaultUoMId,
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _quoteDetailId = quoteProduct.Id;
                    Console.WriteLine("and adding product to quote.");

                    // Create a sales opportunity with Contoso.
                    var oppty = new Opportunity()
                        Name = "Interested in Widget A",
                        EstimatedCloseDate = DateTime.Now.AddDays(30.0),
                        EstimatedValue = new Money(decimal.Parse("300000.00")),
                        CloseProbability = 25, // 25% probability of closing this deal
                        IsRevenueSystemCalculated = false, // user-calculated revenue
                        OpportunityRatingCode = new OptionSetValue(2), // warm
                        CustomerId = account.ToEntityReference(),
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _opportunityId = oppty.Id;
                    Console.Write("Instantiating opportunity, ");
                    //    oppty,
                    //    new Relationship("opportunity_customer_accounts"),
                    //    account);
                    SaveChangesHelper(priceList, newQuote, newProduct, priceLevelProduct,
                        quoteProduct, oppty, account);
                    Console.WriteLine("and creating all records in CRM.");

                    // Associate quote to contact, which adds the Contact record in the
                    // "Other Contacts" section of a Quote record.
                        new Relationship("contactquotes_association"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(contact, newQuote);
                    Console.WriteLine("Associating contact and quote.");

                    // Create a case for Mary Kay Andersen.                     
                    var serviceRequest = new Incident()
                        Title = "Problem with Widget B",
                        PriorityCode = new OptionSetValue(1), // 1 = High
                        CaseOriginCode = new OptionSetValue(1), // 1 = Phone
                        CaseTypeCode = new OptionSetValue(2), // 2 = Problem
                        SubjectId =
                            new EntityReference(
                                    .First().Id),  // use the default subject
                        Description = "Customer can't switch the product on.",
                        FollowupBy = DateTime.Now.AddHours(3.0), // follow-up in 3 hours
                        CustomerId = contact.ToEntityReference(),
                        Id = Guid.NewGuid()
                    _incidentId = serviceRequest.Id;
                        new Relationship("incident_customer_contacts"),
                    SaveChangesHelper(serviceRequest, contact);
                    Console.WriteLine("Creating service case for contact.");

                    // Deactivate the Mary Kay Andersen contact record.
                    SetStateRequest setInactiveRequest = new SetStateRequest
                        EntityMoniker = contact.ToEntityReference(),
                        State = new OptionSetValue((int)ContactState.Inactive),
                        Status = new OptionSetValue(2)
                    Console.WriteLine("Deactivating the contact record.");


            // Catch any service fault exceptions that Microsoft Dynamics CRM throws.
            catch (FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault>)
                // You can handle an exception here or pass it back to the calling method.

        private void SaveChangesHelper(params Entity[] entities)
            SaveChangesResultCollection results = _orgContext.SaveChanges();
            if (results.HasError)
                StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
                foreach (var result in results)
                    if (result.Error != null)
                        sb.AppendFormat("Error: {0}\n", result.Error.Message);
                throw new InvalidOperationException("Failure occurred while " +
                    "calling OrganizationServiceContext.SaveChanges()\n" + 
                foreach (Entity e in entities)
                    e.EntityState = null;

        /// <summary>
        /// Creates any entity records that this sample requires.
        /// </summary>
        public void CreateRequiredRecords()
            // Create a second user that we will reference in our sample code.
            Guid userId = SystemUserProvider.RetrieveSalesManager(_serviceProxy);

            // Modify email address of user for sample.
            SystemUser systemUser = new SystemUser
                Id = userId,
                InternalEMailAddress = ""


        /// <summary>
        /// Deletes any entity records that were created for this sample.
        /// <param name="prompt">Indicates whether to prompt the user 
        /// to delete the records created in this sample.</param>
        /// </summary>
        public void DeleteRequiredRecords(bool prompt)
            // The system user named "Kevin Cook" that was created by this sample will
            // continue to exist on your system because system users cannot be deleted
            // in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  They can only be enabled or disabled.

            bool deleteRecords = true;

            if (prompt)
                Console.WriteLine("\nDo you want these entity records deleted? (y/n) [y]: ");
                String answer = Console.ReadLine();

                deleteRecords = (answer.StartsWith("y") || answer.StartsWith("Y") || answer == String.Empty);

            if (deleteRecords)
                _service.Delete(Incident.EntityLogicalName, _incidentId);
                _service.Delete(Opportunity.EntityLogicalName, _opportunityId);
                _service.Delete(QuoteDetail.EntityLogicalName, _quoteDetailId);
                _service.Delete(ProductPriceLevel.EntityLogicalName, _productPriceLevelId);
                _service.Delete(Product.EntityLogicalName, _productId);
                _service.Delete(Quote.EntityLogicalName, _quoteId);
                _service.Delete(PriceLevel.EntityLogicalName, _priceLevelId);
                _service.Delete(Annotation.EntityLogicalName, _annotationId);
                _service.Delete(Contact.EntityLogicalName, _contactId);
                _service.Delete(Account.EntityLogicalName, _accountId);
                Console.WriteLine("Entity record(s) have been deleted.");

        #endregion How To Sample Code

        #region Main method

        /// <summary>
        /// Standard Main() method used by most SDK samples.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="args"></param>
        static public void Main(string[] args)
                // Obtain the target organization's Web address and client logon 
                // credentials from the user.
                ServerConnection serverConnect = new ServerConnection();
                ServerConnection.Configuration config = serverConnect.GetServerConfiguration();

                BasicContextExamples app = new BasicContextExamples();
                app.Run(config, true);
            catch (FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault> ex)
                Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");
                Console.WriteLine("Timestamp: {0}", ex.Detail.Timestamp);
                Console.WriteLine("Code: {0}", ex.Detail.ErrorCode);
                Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", ex.Detail.Message);
                Console.WriteLine("Plugin Trace: {0}", ex.Detail.TraceText);
                Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
                    null == ex.Detail.InnerFault ? "No Inner Fault" : "Has Inner Fault");
            catch (System.TimeoutException ex)
                Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");
                Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", ex.Message);
                Console.WriteLine("Stack Trace: {0}", ex.StackTrace);
                Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
                    null == ex.InnerException.Message ? "No Inner Fault" : ex.InnerException.Message);
            catch (System.Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");

                // Display the details of the inner exception.
                if (ex.InnerException != null)

                    FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault> fe = ex.InnerException
                        as FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault>;
                    if (fe != null)
                        Console.WriteLine("Timestamp: {0}", fe.Detail.Timestamp);
                        Console.WriteLine("Code: {0}", fe.Detail.ErrorCode);
                        Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", fe.Detail.Message);
                        Console.WriteLine("Plugin Trace: {0}", fe.Detail.TraceText);
                        Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
                            null == fe.Detail.InnerFault ? "No Inner Fault" : "Has Inner Fault");
            // Additional exceptions to catch: SecurityTokenValidationException, ExpiredSecurityTokenException,
            // SecurityAccessDeniedException, MessageSecurityException, and SecurityNegotiationException.

                Console.WriteLine("Press <Enter> to exit.");
        #endregion Main method

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