Searching External Data in SharePoint 2010 Using Business Connectivity Services

Eric White posted great content on how to Search External Data in SharePoint 2010 using BCS. Here is the overview of the post from his blog: Overview This article will examine how to use SharePoint Designer to define an external content type (ECT) and how to set up a search crawl that includes that external…

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Introduction to System Filters

Filters are used by Microsoft Business Connectivity Service (BCS) to give values to input parameters while invoking a Method on the External System (LobSystem). But there could be some parameters whose values should be provided by the system (example: username, password) and not from the user. Filters that provide values to these input parameters are…

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Accessing BLOB Data from External Systems Using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010

Tajeshwar Singh wrote a white paper which shows you how to use Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to access and surface BLOB data in the SharePoint user interface and search. Check out the overview below taken from the paper. Link to document: Accessing BLOB Data from External Systems Using Business…

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BCS Solution Packaging Tool

If you’ve read Brad Stevenson’s post Types of Solutions, you’re already familiar with the range of BCS Solutions across three levels: Simple out-of-box solutions Intermediate declarative solutions Advanced code-based solutions Simple solutions are easily created through the click of a button, and the user doesn’t have to worry about packaging or deployment (see Andrew Harris’…

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