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How to automate entry of external column data in BCS?

I have a document library, Resumes, that has a large number of resumes in it. There is a regular column on that library, called EmployeeID, that is already populated. I have an external content type ...
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Paging and sorting with BCS

I going to use the new exciting External Content Type feature to display a list of data from an external LOB system. The list is potentially long, so paging with filtering at the LOB system side is ...
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Integrating an external database into Sharepoint

One of my current projects involves integrating a client's database into an overall CRM system design. Part of the process was updating their legacy database and porting it over to SQL Server. ...
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How to use BCS in Word for editing BLOBs

If I have an External Content type defined with a StreamAccessor that will end up referencing Word docx files stored in another system (reason for using BCS), what options do I have for updating the ...
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Date Only format with BCS

I have created an External Content Type through SharePoint Designer. One of the fields that I'm getting from my database is a DateTime column. In SharePoint, however, I want to format this as a Date ...
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Game On - DVWP in the Ribbon

I have a 2010 Enterprise Farm, and I am attempting to place a Data View Web Part in the Ribbon to display content from an external SQL database as part of a gamification initiative. Basically, I need ...
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Search in External content type

I am new to SharePoint. I am trying to add a search box to a list but I can't figure uot how to do it. I have added a external content type and want to be able to search in it. So what I did was ...
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Problems with External List and Creating New Item with Webservice

can anybody verify that inserting new Items through SharePoint Webservice Method Lists.UpdateListItems is errornous? I always get the Error: 0x80070057Bad parameter passed to Web Server ...
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DropDownList to display External Content Type?

I am creating a visual web part in Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint 2010 Server. I would like to use a DropDownList that shows data from an external content type (that is tied to a SQL Database ...
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Paging and sorting with BCS - Is it really possible?

I'm trying to add paging on an external list and so far it does not work 100%. The best references I could find (that actually... kinda... work) are these: Paging and sorting with BCS Paging and ...
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How do I access an SQL image column using an External Content Type list?

I have a External Content Type (list) which pulls the data from an SQL Server. The image field in SQL can be stored in binary format or just the image path is stored (currently I am storing the path ...
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Validation for external lists / external content types

Where does one put validation for external content types? Let's say one field on my ECT represents an email address that must be unique in our system. Where would I put the validation that checks to ...
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Connect to Outlook button not enabled on external list

I created an external content type connected to a SQL table and chose announcements as the office item type.
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Creating an external list from SQL query using BCS

I'm developing a visualization application on SharePoint Enterprise 2010. This involves doing some SQL queries I would love to expose as external lists in SharePoint. All interfacing with the database ...
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External Content Type - limitations

This is my scenario: I have an external SQL Server db with about 100.000 items in one table. These items may be grouped into 5 categories. Now the we'd like to add a sharepoint interface on top of ...
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How to read items in a BCS external list with PowerShell?

Is there a way that you get information from an external list (created from SPD for a specific ECT) differently than you do from a "normal" SharePoint list when using PowerShell? I did the following: ...
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How to authenticate BDC to the external system?

I'm using the following tutorial to define a workflow on a SharePoint list to create an element in and external List. When the workflow action tries to create the item in the external list, it fails ...
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Custom Action with postback (or another approach) - SP 2010

I'm trying to create a custom action that does a postback when clicked. I've followed the following articles with no luck whatsoever: ...
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External content types across site collections

I have used Sharepoint designer 2010 to make SQL server tables available as external content types (and lists) for a site collection but what about across multiple site collections--can this be done?
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No Business Data Connectivity Service associated with current web context error

I am running on a new dev setup for SharePoint 2010 and trying to setup some External Content types. I think that I have setup BCS correctly (since I see it running in the central administration). ...
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Timestamp in Sharepoint external content type not matching value in SQL table

I have an external content type in SharePoint 2010 pulling data from a SQL 2008R2 DB using BCS. All the data comes back fine but the Time stamp column is off by 2 hours when I compare the values ...
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External List from External Content Type: missing and/or error

I've created an ECT w/ Read List and Read Item operations using SharePoint Designer, saved it, and given myself permissions. The ECT's external data source is a WCF service. When I try to create an ...
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External wcf (Soap/rest) datasource to external content type

I'm looking for a way to use an external datasource (WCF SOAP or REST) and include the results in a list. Using the External Content Type directly for a WCF service does not work, as I get a XML error ...
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External list with friendly display names for columns

I have an external content type that I'm accessing through a .NET assembly. So I created a BDC model with Type="DotNetAssembly" (for now with just finder and specific finder operations). It works, ...
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Using BCS and External Content Types to create Publishing Pages

I'm starting a new SharePoint 2010 web content management project where a portion of the site's content is driven by an external system (SQL Server based). Think employee bios... The external system ...
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How to choose the right datatype when creating external content types?

assuming I want to create a SPList using external content types, in my case SQL server tables. When I create my ECT in Sharepoint Designer 2010 SQL data types are mapped to the List as follows: ...
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Impersonated Windows Identity vs Impersonated Custom Identity

Could anyone explain the difference between Impersonated Windows Identity and Impersonated Custom identity in SharePoint?
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SP Designer 2013 - External Content Types & BCS

I'm currently setting up an experimental 2013 environment with BCS, following the instructions in the AdventureWorks white paper found here - ...
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Changelog-based Incremental Crawl of an External Content Type (ECT)

I'm trying to add incremental crawling to an External Content Type that we have defined, but I don't want to use the item time-stamp option, which seems to be so prevalent(see: link). I have a .Net ...
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Send current user's parameter to External Content Type

Is it possible to send the current user's username as a parameter for my External Content Type query? I am on SharePoint 2010 Standard.
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Search terms containing period, “.”, does not yield any results.

Using external content types, I am trying to create an asset management system for administering, among other things, IP addresses. Using an enterprise search center, the crawler indexes the external ...
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BCS Model not deploying in Farm environment

Has anyone else seen an issue with deploying a BCS Model WSP to a farm and the External Content Type is not being deployed? The Farm feature is activated. It is working fine for a single server ...
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External Item Picker problems in InfoPath 2010 with ECT

I have used SPD to create and ECT to a standard SQL Database, and then a view. In the view there is an ID field, and then another field of a string type that stores codes (consisting mainly of ...
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How to customize profile pages for external content type search results?

I have set up the SP 2010 enterprise search to include searches in line-of-business data. (In my concrete case that would be data from Dynamics CRM 2011 but I hope that is not relevant). I have ...
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Supplementing User Profile with information from BCS

I've got my external content type and BCS all sorted and working - the list view of the external list shows 100% in the site and the external content type shows under my BCS service application. Now ...
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Getting External Data from Oracle to O365?

We have an on-premise oracle database with customer info (lets say roughly 10,000 rows), that we need to make available in our SharePoint Online (2013) environment in O365. The requirement is that ...
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Alerts on SharePoint 2013 External List

I have created an external list using an external content type reading from a database server on our network that is not on the same machine as our SharePoint database server. I am also sysadmin on ...
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How to create an external List on SharePoint 2010 using MySQL table

I have a MYSQL database that contains customer related data from sugarcrm while a few order related data is stored in the MSSQL server. So far, I have been able to create an external list for the ...
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Business Connectivity Services over OData : caching and paging?

I'm planing a new application for a customer that requires to read data from an external system. Basically, the external system will expose a read-only OData service (to be defined actually). The ...
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External Content Type Search not returning results

I have configured my 2010 External Content Type for search by adding the RootFinder property to the ReadList method. I have also added the ShowInSearchUI property to the LOB entry. I then set up my ...
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Sharepoint external list problem

I'm taking my first crack at creating an External list in Sharepoint 2010. I've taken 3 training classes in Sharepoint 2010, and am now trying to transfer my knowledge to my own development ...
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Cannot see External Content Type when debugging BDC Model project

I am trying to create a basic External Content Type in Visual Studio 2010 that returns data from a database. I've created the BDC Model, pressed F5 to deploy, but I cannot see the external content ...
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How can I get external content crawled into SharePoint online index

I have SharePoint online and I want to add external content to the index. So far I have it set up that the external content is put into an external list using BCS. The content passes through a WCF ...
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Querying an External Content Type without creating an External List

The typical scenario, on which every tutorial and walkthrough seems to advise, is to create an External Content Type with ReadList, ReadItem, Create, Update methods and then create an External List to ...
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BCS External Item picker

There are two external lists like 'Project' and 'Task'. Task referencing project by using field ProjectID. I've created external content types. For 'Project' content type I've marked field ...
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External “Asset Library”

Any idea if SharePoint has an extensibility point to add an external DAM store as a normal Asset source for images or other media files?
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How can i retreive data from Web Server to my Intranet SP site

Would you please let us know the steps to connect a external Web Service that has specific attribute (GetAttributeProductsByID , GetAttributeProductsByName ... etc ) with an Intranet Sharepoint site ...
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Connect ECT to SharePoint List in InfoPath?

I'm trying to create a list in Infopath 2010. I'd like one of the fields to be a drop down list that connects to an external content type list. It doesn't show any of the External Content Type Lists ...
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Why won't the “New Item Form” create for an external list?

I'm using SharePoint Foundation 2010 and I have an external list created from an external content type. The external content type uses a WCF service as datasource. The WCF service has only three ...
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Custom NewForm for external content type?

Is it possible to create a custom NewForm for an external content type without using InfoPath?