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I have read somewhere (which I can not recall) that native N:N relationship makes certain workflow impossible.  Can anyone explain what that means and examples of workflow that can not be done under native N:N relationship.
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by:Chinmay Patel
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Hi tommym121,

Are you talking about this article :: http://www.dynamicscrmtrickbag.com/2011/05/08/many-to-many-relationships-in-dynamics-crm-2011/ ?


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Chinmay.
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Chinmay,

Yes.  But it did not elaborate more on what workflow will not work with Many to Many and I try to understand what it mean.  Would you be able to explain it a bit better than in the blog.  Thanks.
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Chinmay Patel earned 2000 total points
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Hi tommym121,

Basically a workflow is triggered on a given event. Now if you want to write a workflow that triggers when a record is associated OR disassociated with another record for native N:N relationship, basically the triggers are not present in the Workflow designer itself. Technical reason behind this is the data is being inserted neither in the entity 1 nor in the entity 2. A native N:N relationship createa an intersect system table which is not exposed via APIs.

The events are associate and disassociate which are also not present in the WF designer.

I hope now you got the idea behing that statement.

Regards,
Chinmay.
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by:tommym121
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Thanks  Chinmay.  it makes more sense now. Thanks
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