I'm using the SalesForce Marketing Cloud (Exact Target).

I have a folder ID (category ID) and I want to get all the send definitions (user-initiated sends) in that folder via the SOAP API in C#. I know when retrieving lists, I can create a filter that matches on Category (folder ID).

When I attempt to do the same for email send definitions, I receive the status :

Error: The Filter Property 'CategoryID' is not a retrievable property.

I tried both Category and CategoryID, and no luck. Anyone have success trying to do this?

Here is my code to set up the filter:

        RetrieveRequest rr = new RetrieveRequest();
        rr.ObjectType = "EmailSendDefinition";
        rr.Properties = new string[] { "ObjectID", "Name", "CategoryID", "SenderProfile.FromName", "SenderProfile.CustomerKey" };

        SimpleFilterPart sfp = new SimpleFilterPart();
        sfp.Property = "CategoryID";
        sfp.SimpleOperator = SimpleOperators.equals;
        sfp.Value = new string[] { categoryId };
        rr.Filter = sfp;
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    Was going to reopen your other question but I guess you wanted to get an answer faster. You're right, this is a pretty relevant question, hope you don't mind I updated it a bit to have people discover it easier. Sep 20, 2016 at 18:52
  • @SamuelDeRycke thanks Sam! I don't mind at all. New to using these communities, so learning the conventions on the fly.
    – Mike
    Sep 20, 2016 at 19:37

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I tried with CategoryID in SimpleFilter it works, do you have EmailSendDefinition as ObjectTye in your request? It is not SendDefinition ObjectType

my raw xml looks like below

<ObjectType>EmailSendDefinition</ObjectType><Properties>Name</Properties><Properties>CategoryID</Properties><Filter xsi:type="SimpleFilterPart"><Property>CategoryID</Property><SimpleOperator>equals</SimpleOperator><Value>1234</Value></Filter>

set ClientIDs for RetrieveRequest

        var m_etclient = new etAPI.ClientID();
        m_etclient.ID = 123456;
        m_etclient.IDSpecified = true;
        rr.ClientIDs = new etAPI.ClientID[1];
        rr.ClientIDs[0] = m_etclient;
  • I've added my current code so you can see what I'm doing. Not using the XML, but the c# webservice library. It looks like it should be good. Can you see anything I'm missing?
    – Mike
    Sep 23, 2016 at 19:58
  • your code looks fine, not sure why you still get that error. maybe try remove more attributes, I only have new string[] { "Name", "CategoryID"} and a simple filter like yours and it works for me. Also try setting ClientID for rr request, I have updated my answer for that details. It can cause errors if you are trying to access a businessunit that is not parent.
    – Bo Hu
    Sep 26, 2016 at 0:55
  • Thanks for the help. I tried both suggestions (limiting the properties, setting client ID) and I still get the same error: Error: The Filter Property 'CategoryID' is not a retrievable property. Stumped at this point.
    – Mike
    Sep 27, 2016 at 19:45
  • @Mike, I suggest to download Fiddler to track what is sending to SFMC. download and open Fiddler, run your app, in Fiddler's left panel looking for a log of "/Service.asmx", in the right panel, top half is your xml envelope request, click on "Raw" tab and copy paste your xml request, remove credentials <o:username> <o:password> and <ClientIDs> tag, you can inspect xml response in bottom half panel. BTW, which endpoint are you pointing to? s0, s4,s6 or s7?
    – Bo Hu
    Sep 28, 2016 at 0:20
  • I'm using endpoint S1 (webservice.exacttarget.com/Service.asmx). I'll have to download Fiddler and give that a go so I can post the XML. Stay tuned!
    – Mike
    Sep 28, 2016 at 22:04

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