Dynamics CRM: Implement Retry Policy using Polly

Lately, I’m still actively thinking about designing a system that also considers error-proofing as part of the feature. For example, we want to ensure the transaction that we will execute is successful in 3 times execution. Meaning, we need to implement a retry policy that Polly can handle! I know Polly when I read “How to maximize throughput” in Microsoft Documentation which makes me curious about this NuGet package. So without further ado, let’s make a simple demonstration!


For this demonstration purpose, I have a Table named new_test and have a column (datatype text) new_name:

Table Definition

* Please don’t follow this naming when creating a Table/Column for your production!🤣


In the next step, I will make a simple plugin with this below logic:

using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk;
using System;
using System.Threading;

namespace DemoPlugin
    public class Plugin1 : IPlugin
        public void Execute(IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
            var context = (IPluginExecutionContext)
            var target = context.InputParameters["Target"] as Entity;
            if (target == null) return;

            var name = target.GetAttributeValue<string>("new_name");
            if (name != "4") throw new InvalidPluginExecutionException("Error From Plugin!"); 

We will make sure that if the new_name is not equal to “4”, we will throw an error from the plugin. With this, we can test our retry policy.

* You can register this plugin in the Update Message + Pre Operation mode.


The last part is to make the Exe part (Console Application with .NET Framework 4.7.2). Because we need to use CRM and Poly, we must install the below NuGet packages:

Install-Package Microsoft.CrmSdk.CoreAssemblies -Version
Install-Package Polly -Version 7.2.3

Here is the code that I create for this demo purpose:

using System;
using System.Web.Configuration;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Tooling.Connector;
using Polly;

namespace CrmCheck
    class Program
        static int _name = 0;
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var maxRetry = 5;
            var pauseBetweenFailures = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(10);
            var retryPolicy = Policy.Handle<System.ServiceModel.FaultException>(
                ex =>
                    return ex.Message == "Error From Plugin!";
                }).WaitAndRetry(maxRetry, i => pauseBetweenFailures);

            retryPolicy.Execute(() => Update());


        static void Update()
                Console.WriteLine($"Begin Update {_name} at {DateTime.Now}..");
                var connectionString = WebConfigurationManager.AppSettings["connectionString"];
                var client = new CrmServiceClient(connectionString);

                var update = new Entity("new_test") { Id = new Guid("6b941994-6c86-ec11-93b0-002248296e0d") };
                update["new_name"] = _name.ToString();


                Console.WriteLine("Success Updating record!");
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("ERROR: " + ex.Message);

From the code above, you can see that even in the Plugin we throw InvalidPluginExecutionException, when calling CrmServiceClient.Update, we still got an error under System.ServiceModel.FaultException. That is why for the retry policy, we make a condition using ex.Message == “Error From Plugin!”. Then the key takeaway is we do retry the transaction 5 times with a wait time of 10 seconds for each failed execution!

Here is the result:

The Result

Happy CRM-ing!

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