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3036517 - Picklist option IDs were changed via Instance Sync


Option IDs of picklist change even if they were excluded from instance sync.

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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Navigate to Instance sync wizard tool.
  2. Input required details. 
  3. Select objects to be synced but exclude the picklist in question.
  4. Run sync.
  5. Check that the Option IDs changed.


The picklist in question has a parent child association with another picklist, the child picklists were included in the sync which is why the parent picklists were imported as well. The default behavior supported by Instance sync is full purge.


Due to this scenario/s, the picklist sync in Instance Sync Tool generates a lot of issues therefore, product management decided to deprecate the picklist sync feature in the Instance Sync Tool.
This will take effect on release 1H 2021 which are dated on April 16, 2021 for Preview Instances and May 21, 2021 for Production instances.

If you wish to sync MDF picklist, please use the MDF import and export data tool.

See Also

2714036 - How to Import and Export a MDF Picklist - SuccessFactors: 


MDF Instance sync, picklist option id, option id change, Instance sync tool , KBA , LOD-SF-PLT-IST , Instance Sync Tool , Known Error


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