Virtual Entity

Makes external data available in Dynamics 365 as if it were an entity.

Previously to show external data, had to use one of the following:

  • Client-side, embedded page or client-side plug-in
  • Server-side: bulk impor or server-side plug-in

Virtual Entity can pull data from various data sources (such as OData v4) and wire it into an entity defined in D365.

This is not synchronizing data into D365, instead it is a way of showing data.

Define a virtual entity as any other entity - tag it as a data source. The virtual entity appears as part of the metadata but there are no tables in SQL Server for the virtual entity.

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