How to provision BDLC connections directly without using the settings page?
Business Data List Connector for SharePoint (BDLC) adds external data to
your SharePoint Lists in just minutes. Normally you specify the synchronization
settings in the BDLC settings page, but what if you need to provision a whole
bunch of connected lists to a new SharePoint site collection?
All the data that you need to
configure a list for a BDLC connection is stored in a SharePoint list on the
root web of your site collection, called BDLCConnectionList. You have
to provide certain values to make a connection work properly:
- Primary Key - The replication key used by BDLC to ensure the data mapping.
If using more than one column, separate them by ";"
- Web ID - The ID (GUID) of the SharePoint web containing the list.
- List ID - The ID (GUID) of the SharePoint list.
- Connection Provider - The .net name of the used connection provider for this
- Connection String - The given connection string for this list. This value is
encrypted by BDLC. From version 184.108.40.206 on, you can use unencrypted values as
- Select Statement - The given select statement (if present) for this list.
This value is encrypted. From version 220.127.116.11 on, you can use unencrypted values
- Timeout - The timeout value in seconds used for connections to the external
database. Not all providers support a timeout. The default value is 30
Background updates need the following properties:
- Last Run - The date and time of the last successful background update.
- Next Run - The scheduled date and time for the next background update.
- Interval - The interval in minutes for the background update if configured.
The default value is 60 minutes; the minimum value should be 15
Need bi-directional updates?
- Synchronization - A true/false value indicating if write back is configured
(TRUE) or not (FALSE).
The other available properties are optional. Please see also the BDLC
documentation PDF for many more details.
With these information given you can easily create new connections by just
adding new items to the BDLC configuration list. In earlier versions of BDLC
than 8.0.0 there was a throwback: The handy event receivers that handle the
write back or the automatic workflow starts weren't configured, cause this was
done via the BDLC settings page. With the version 8.0.0 of BDLC this has
changed, the needed events are created or deleted when you add or update an item
in the BDLC configuration list.
So now you are able to provision preconfigured sets of SharePoint lists
retrieving data from external data sources for every new project or team site
you create in your farm.
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