While working on yesterday’s article, I ran into several issues attempting to import my Sitemap. 

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Since I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, I decided to turn on CRM Tracing to track down the internal error.  Here is what I found in the trace logs:

Crm Exception: Message: The import file is invalid. XSD validation failed with the following error: "=' is an unexpected token. The expected token is ';'. Line 74, position 74.'.

Really? That sounds bad.

Here is the really cool change they made to CRM 2011 tracing:

<SubArea Id="new_vendorsx" Url="/main.aspx?etn=account&pagetype <<<<<ERROR LOCATION>>>>> =entitylist&viewid=%7b2C598CB7-2E3F-DE11-8035-0050569A36D3%7d&viewtype=1039">

As you can see, the trace file had the exact location of the error.

In this particular case, it turns out I had forgot to encode the ampersand character which was being interpreted as an XML literal and causing the XML validation to fail.