BCS Artifact Generator

Chances are you’ve already read Brad Stevenson’s post Types of Solutions and you’re interested in building a BCS solution. If you’ve read my post on the BCS Solution Packaging Tool, perhaps you’ve already tried to build and package a solution yourself. To help out developers and power users we’ve created another new tool called the…

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BCS Solutions in Outlook

If you’ve read Brad Stevenson’s post Types of Solutions then you’re already familiar with the three types of BCS solutions: Simple Out-Of-Box Solutions Intermediate Declarative Solutions Advanced Code-Based Solutions This post will discuss the different types of BCS solutions possible in Outlook 2010. Simple solutions can be created using out-of-box capabilities, by simply clicking the…

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How do I optimize backend synchronization?

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) has a synchronization framework that uses a client cache to enable you to work with external data even when disconnected. In this post, we’ll discuss ways to optimize solutions to best use the synchronization framework client cache. We’ll be using the Contoso Sales Manager sample solution presented in the previous post,…

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How do I leverage Secure Store from within my .Net Connectivity Assembly?

With Database, Web Service and WCF connectors, there is one and only one external system. BCS understands how to connect to these external systems, and it supports Secure Store integration out-of-box for these connectors. Within a .NET assembly connector, the .NET assembly code can use zero, one or many external systems. Since BCS does not…

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BCS Logging

BCS is a cool framework to bring external data to Office Applications on the client. But due to various reasons like misconfigured BDC models/ Advanced Code-Based Solutions/ Intermediate Declarative Solutions or External System’s business logic, the expected data might not show up on the client. Most of the troubleshooting can be done by looking at…

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BCS Team Channel: Secure Store Service

We just uploaded the next installment on the BCS Team Channel. In this video Sanjay Rama takes you through a quick introduction and demo of the Secure Store Service. Secure Store Service is the new single sign on service in SharePoint 2010. It provides the capability of storing secure data (i.e. A set of credentials)…

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Why it’s important to define filters for a good picking experience

Hi this is Juan Balmori with another post for the BCS blog. This is a follow up to my previous post, about the external item picker. There is a problematic scenario that you may face: You are searching for an external item on the picker dialog that you are 100% sure it exists on the…

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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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