To set the scene, say you are developing a solution for CRM2013 using the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in Visual Studio and wanting to create a asynchronous plugin step. Easy right? Open CRM Explorer, find the entity, add a plugin, fill in the details, set it to run asynchronously and you are away. However, those of you that have used the plugin registration tool will know that there is a pretty handy option when Registering a Step that lets you tell CRM to Delete AsyncOperation (i.e. system jobs) if the StatusCode = Successful:

Register New Step dialog

This is great because it means your system jobs table doesn’t get clogged up with entries when things are going fine. Instead it just tracks when you probably need to look into something. So how do you go about doing this in Visual Studio?

I was in this situation this week and found (let me know if I missed something obvious here) that this isn’t an option using the UI for the developer kit and there is no documentation (that I can find, nothing in the SDK and Google didn’t help me) on how to set this. I considered giving up and having this as an extra step to manually do after deploying the solution, which would be a pain, but decided to spend a bit more time and dig deeper. I decompiled the assembly for the developer toolkit (using dotpeek for those interested) and found that this is a supported, but not advertised option for the step in the RegisterFile.crmregister xml file within the CRMPackage project. All you need to do is add AsyncAutoDelete="true" attribute to the asynchronous step tags(s) in the XML, deploy and you are away laughing.

For example, your RegisterFile.crmregister will end up looking something like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Register xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/crm/2011/tools/pluginregistration">
   <Solutions>
       <Solution Assembly="Plugins.dll" Id="2318c739-68d9-d896-8cf1-6c3be5a8c238" IsolationMode="Sandbox" SourceType="Database">
           <PluginTypes>
               <Plugin Description="Contact Plug-in" FriendlyName="ContactPlugin" Name="Plugins.ContactPlugin" Id="2618c739-68d9-d896-8cf1-6c3be5a8c238" TypeName="Plugins.ContactPlugin">
                   <Steps>
                       <clear />
                       <Step AsyncAutoDelete="true" CustomConfiguration="" Name="Plugins.ContactPlugin.PostContactUpdate" Description="Post-Operation of Contact Update" Id="92a843f0-68d9-d896-8cf1-6c3be5a8c238" MessageName="Update" Mode="Asynchronous" PrimaryEntityName="contact" Rank="1" SecureConfiguration="" Stage="PostOutsideTransaction" SupportedDeployment="ServerOnly">
                           <Images />
                       </Step>
                   </Steps>
               </Plugin>
           </PluginTypes>
       </Solution>
   </Solutions>
   <XamlWorkflows />
</Register>

While it would be nice to achieve this from the UI, something we might see in a future update, this is at least a pretty simple solution to work with for now.