Common Data Service virtual entities

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Enabled for Public preview General availability
End users by admins, makers, or analysts Oct 2020 Dec 2020

Business value

Entities from Business Central are exposed as virtual entities to Common Data Service. In Common Data Service, virtual entities will appear as if they were physical entities, enabling consumption for Common Data Service solutions.

Feature details

With the capability of consuming virtual entities from Business Central in Common Data Service, Power Apps can leverage Business Central virtual entities directly, as if they were native Common Data Service entities.

The underlying infrastructure to expose virtual entities from Business Central is based on API pages. Enabling the virtual entities on Common Data Service will require that a Common Data Service solution is installed. The solution will be able to generate virtual entities based on the metadata of the APIs exposed on the connected Business Central tenant. This will enable developers to create APIs for Business Central and then generate virtual entities on Common Data Service.