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Has anyone successfully connected BCS in SharePoint 2013 to an WCF service?

I did several attempts and always got

Cannot connect to Business Data Connectivity Metadata Store

in the SharePoint Designer when I try to add a connection. I tried various combinations, tested virtually everything. I’ve no idea what I’m doing wrong.

I generally followed MSDN examples for SharePoint 2010 (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff953200%28v=office.14%29.aspx). I took care about BCS permissions, removed references to Microsoft.BusinessData.Runtime (there were only for faults), used anonymous authentication and tried several configurations.

I wonder whether anyone succeeded in doing it. I mean SharePoint 2013, there a lot of examples for 2010. If you did, could you write a few details about your case:

  • The SharePoint environment you used: SharePoint online, Office 365 Enterprise Preview or SharePoint on-premises (I’ve used Office 365 Enterprise Preview and SharePoint foundation)

  • The .NET version for the web service; there seem to be compatibility issues between 3.5 and 4.0, I’ve tried both 3.5 and 4.5

  • The metadata exchange format (WSDL or a mex endpoint; I’ve tried both)

  • The web service binding (I’ve tried wsHttpBinding as in all examples)

  • Whether the service was hosted directly as a web application (one of many under port 80) or directly in the web site under a different port (quite surprisingly, there seem to be a difference, in the latter case SharePoint designer apparently downloads some metadata, unfortunately it fails anyway)

  • Whether you used https or enable this protocol (I haven’t as I used dedicated port for http)

  • Have you run into any errors during the process, used any special IIS settings, etc.?

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I am having the same issue. Did you find a solution to the error received in SharePoint designer 2013? –  user20521 Nov 1 '13 at 10:43
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