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Author's profile photo Eduard Stelle

Switch off Address Validity Check – Speed up the Migration of Business Partners

Migrating legacy business partner data can be a pain, especially if when then legacy system did not check the address as acurate as C4C does.

In my last project I had to migrate thousands of business partner records, with invalid address data. Mainly invalid postal codes and email addresses made C4C to refuse the migration of affected records. The clean way would be to correct the invlid records and upload only the valid records. But if the deadline is close, there are thousands of records to be corrected and you need to learn the valid postal code formats of around 20 countries, then it might be recommendable to migrate the legacy data as it is. This can save you days of effort.

To switch off the Address Validity Check, do the following:

  1. Navigate to WoC Business Configuration > WCView Implementation Project
  2. Open Activity List
  3. In Fine-Tune add action Address Checks to your project and open it01-12-2014 17-46-51.jpg
  4. Check the checkbox “Allow saving of inconsistent addresses”01-12-2014 17-56-56.jpg

When the checkbox is checked, invalid addresses will raise warnings instead of errors and the data will be migrated successfully.

Once the migration is completed, you can uncheck the checkbox (enable validity check), so that business users are not allowed to maintain invalid addresses. When a user changes a record that was migrated with an invalid address, she will not be able to save that record unless she corrects the address.

You can keep the checkbox checked as well, to allow business users to maintain invalid addresses.

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      Author's profile photo Markus Penn
      Markus Penn

      Just a side remark to "You can keep the checkbox checked as well, to allow business users to maintain invalid addresses.", sure you can do that (also this flag was intented for migration only), but you always have to keep im mind that whenever such an invalid address is used in a document which is send via letter (i.e. sales quote) it might be that the letter can't be delivered (this is the main reason for the address checks in C4C).

      Author's profile photo Eduard Stelle
      Eduard Stelle
      Blog Post Author

      Absolutely Markus, thanks for the remark!

      This has to be concidered when the address validation remains switched off after migration.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Markus,

      could you please point me to a documentation, how these address checks work and what exactly will be checked?

      My strong assumption is, that only the length and format of the postal code will be checked, dependent on the country. But whether the postal code exists in the given country or not, or whether a street is misspelled won't be checked. Could you confirm this?

      See also Idea Place:

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Andreas Neumann
      Andreas Neumann

      Confirmed, the postal code check performed is a pure format check and does not compare with reference data.