When performing an Instance Sync between MDF entity, is not possible to search partial external code. The search is only completed if you search for the full external code;
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Since release b1905 is possbile to serach MDF entity by entering the partial external code, for example: you have the external code STATE_AUT in your environment and you woudl like to search this value only with the word STATE.
You can start the Instance Sync process and in the pages where you select the MDF values, you can place and search the word STATE in External Code field:
Then all MDF values with the word STATE will be shown:
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