Retain Overridecreatedon and createdby in Dynamics 365 during data import

In Dynamics 365 data import, the data imported will create records with today’s date and the data created will be logged against the user who is currently logged in even though the original createdon and createdby user could be different.

In many cases, when you’re importing an existing or legacy data in your Dynamics 365, you want to retain the original createdon date and the user who created that record. If you want to import your data with the date when the data was created, you can use overridecreatedon to override the data with the createdon date. You can also create this record against the original createdby user through impersonation. There are few ways to achieve this in Dynamics 365. You can use the kingswaysoft SSIS package to achieve this. However, in this blog, you will see how overridecreatedon and created by can achieved through xRM solution.

We have to use the OrganizationServiceProxy class to impersonate the createdby user. The class object has a property called “CallerId” that will be used to impersonate a user.

Here’s the code:

using Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Messages;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Client;
using System;
using System.Net;
using System.ServiceModel.Description;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query;namespace DynamicsProxy
  class Program
     static void Main(string[] args)
         string crmUserName = "";
         string crmPassword = "xxxxxx";
         string crmOrgHost = "";            
          ClientCredentials clientCredentials = new ClientCredentials();
          clientCredentials.UserName.UserName = crmUserName; 
            clientCredentials.UserName.Password = crmPassword; 
            // For Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement V9.X, set Security Protocol as TLS12
            ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol = SecurityProtocolType.Tls12;

            string crmApiPath = "XRMServices/2011/Organization.svc";

            Uri crmUri = new Uri(crmOrgHost + crmApiPath);

            OrganizationServiceProxy orServiceProxy = new OrganizationServiceProxy(crmUri,null,clientCredentials,null);
            //Caller Id: this is the guid of the user we want to impersonate - 4b591077-9fb8-e911-a86e-000d3a372124
            orServiceProxy.CallerId = new Guid("47d57787-433b-eb11-a813-000d3a31c841");
            Entity ent = new Entity("contact");
            ent["lastname"] = "Hameed";
            ent["overriddencreatedon"] = new DateTime(2021, 1, 19);
        catch (Exception ex)
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: "+ex.Message);

During the code execution, you may run into an error:

{“Principal user (Id=xxxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-000d3a31c841, type=8, roleCount=5, privilegeCount=811, accessMode=0), is missing prvOverrideCreatedOnCreatedBy privilege (Id=d48cf22f-f8c2-xxxx-89eb-49f8281dxxxx)

To resolve this issue, you need to enable the override createdon privilege on the security role that the user is currently assigned to


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