Set up unified routing for records

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You can configure unified routing for records in the Customer Service admin center or Omnichannel admin center (deprecated) app.


Omnichannel admin center is deprecated. Use the Customer Service admin center app for admin tasks across Customer Service.

If you have Dynamics 365 Customer Service only, then the options to configure unified routing will be available only after you enable unified routing in the service configuration settings.


  • After you enable the unified routing feature in Service Configuration Settings, you can't disable it. You'll need to contact Microsoft Support to disable the feature.
  • Provisioning unified routing might affect runtime operations on account of solution import that can affect SQL load.
  • If you're upgrading your environment and Omnichannel for Customer Service is also installed, you might have existing workstreams for record routing. We recommend that you provision unified routing only after recreating those workstreams for record routing in your admin app.
  • If you're an existing customer, we recommend that you configure and test unified routing in a test or development environment before configuring it in your production environment.
  • If you're routing, updating, or deleting multiple records at a time, and facing any technical or performance-related issues with unified routing, we recommend that you contact Microsoft Support to troubleshoot the issues.


Configure unified routing for records

You must complete all the steps in this section to route records using unified routing.


After you enable unified routing, the active basic routing rule won't route records until you configure intake rules.

  1. In Dynamics 365, go to one of the apps, and perform the following steps:

    1. In the site map, select Routing in Customer support. The Routing page appears.

    2. Select Manage for Record routing.

  2. On the Record routing page, select Add.

  3. In the Add a record type dialog, select a record from the Record type list, and select Add. The record is added and listed on the Record routing page.

  4. Configure the following settings:

    1. Workstreams
    2. Intake rules

Create workstreams for record routing

  1. Go to one of the apps, and perform the following steps.

    1. In the site map, select Workstreams in Customer support.

    2. Select New workstream.

  2. In the Create a workstream dialog, enter the following details:

    • Name: Enter an intuitive name, such as Contoso case workstream.
    • Work distribution mode: Select Push or Pick.
    • Type: Select Record.
    • Record type: Select a record from the list.
  3. Select Create. The workstream is created.

Configure intake rules

Intake rules for a record help determine the workstream to be picked up to assign an incoming work item.

You can create intake rules independently and map them to basic routing rulesets also. However, on any workstream details page, only those intake rules will be displayed that are mapped to the workstream. Therefore, if you want to prioritize the runtime evaluation of the intake rules, you'll need to select See more on the workstream details page, and reorder the rules in the Decision list.

Perform the following steps:

  1. Select the workstream that you configured for routing records, such as the case.

  2. In Intake rules, select Create rule.

  3. In the Create intake rule dialog, enter a name and define the conditions for the rule. By default, the root record is selected and displayed at the top of the condition builder. The record for which you are creating the rule is thus visible for your reference. You can define conditions for up to two levels of the related records and attributes.

  4. You can map the intake rule to a workstream or basic routing rule that's active.

    Define conditions for an intake rule.

  5. Select Create.

    The following screenshot shows a workstream with the required intake rule and route to queues.

    Workstream for a case record.

    You can reorder the rules and create copies to meet your business requirements.

    Manage your intake rules.

Configure routing rules

Routing rules for a workstream consists of work classification rules and route-to-queue rules. For the steps to configure routing rules, see the following:

Configure work distribution and advanced settings

  1. In the Work distribution area, you can either accept the default settings or select See more, and update the following options:

    • Capacity: Select one of the following options:

      • Unit based: Enter value if your organization has configured unit-based capacity.
      • Profile based: Specify a profile in the list if your organization has configured profile-based capacity. More information: Create and manage capacity profiles
    • Allowed presences: Select the presences in which agents will be assigned. If you want to route records in Customer Service Hub, make sure that you add all the required presences to be able to route work items as required.

    • Default skill matching algorithm: Select Exact Match or Closest Match.

  2. Expand Advanced settings to configure the following options:


    • The agent notifications that you configure for routing of records based on unified routing will be displayed in the Customer Service workspace and Omnichannel for Customer Service apps only.
    • Ensure that the agents in the queues have correct permissions to handle the incoming work items in the queue. If an agent doesn't have permissions to an assigned work item, the assignment will be stopped, and the conversation will be closed to protect it.

Next steps

Next step. Enable routing diagnostics
Home. Process for setting up unified routing

See also

Overview of unified routing
Create and manage workstreams
Configure routing for email records
Release agent capacity
Assign roles and enable users
FAQ about time taken by configuration changes in unified routing