Oh No – Your BCS Model Doesn't Show Up When You Create a Content Source For BDC


First let me point out that I gratuitously co-mingled the terms "BCS" and "BDC" in the title because I honestly never know what to call this anymore (I've heard the marketing language before but it just ain't stickin').  So…today's post is something that I thought I had added to the blog before, but searching the site is rendering no results so here we are with a new post – hopefully the first on this topic.  Event today have led me to believe that my gray matter may be a bit off.  So here's the scenario:

You create a new BCS model; for example, you create a SharePoint App, and then create an ECT on top of it that you can use with your App or as an External Content Type for an External List (kind of along the lines I described here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2014/01/06/setting-up-bcs-hybrid-features-end-to-end-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx).  Now you go into the Search Service application and create a new content source so you can crawl it (because we won't index an external list, since the content is rendered asynchronously).  You select the "Line of Business Data" content type, and then you get a message that says "There are no external data sources to choose from." (please tell me some search engine will index that phrase)  Confusing as heck, because you can create an External List from your ECT and get data back, so it should work just great, right?

In the interest of avoiding sarcasm in response to my rhetorical question, let me just say "no".  To be able to add it to a search content source, you need to add the following properties:

1. <Property Name="ShowInSearchUI" Type="System.String"></Property>  – to the <LobSystemInstances><LobSystemInstance><Properties> section.  This is near the top of the Xml.
2. <Property Name="RootFinder" Type="System.String"></Property> – to the properties for the Method that is used to read all items for the list.  By default it will be called “ReadAll{entityName}”, where “{entityName}” is the name of the table, like “Customers”.
3. <Property Name="RootFinder" Type="System.String"></Property> – to the properties for the MethodInstance that implements the method in #2; by default it will have the same name as #2.  You can also find this by searching for Type="Finder" Default="true" in your Xml.

Now, you DO NOT need to add an actual value to these properties when you plug them into your ECT; they are like flags, so they infer a value just by being present.  Once you've made these changes to your model you'll need to delete the existing model and external content type (both done in the BDC / BCS admin page), then import your ECT again.  After you do that, your external list(s) that used it before should still work, and when you go into create a new content source in Search it should show up there as well.  Once you get that set up, remember to check the advice in this blog post to finish setting up the content source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2013/02/04/resolving-the-directory-links-across-partitions-are-not-allowed-error-when-crawling-odata-bdc-sources.aspx.

Comments (5)

  1. alexandrad9x says:

    Tao http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/
    Rủa
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/a2-96-dich-vu-ke-toan-tron-goi.html
    Thằng http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/a2-98-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue.html
    Cờ
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/a2-103-dich-vu-bao-cao-tai-chinh.html
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/a2-97-dich-vu-quyet-toan-thue.html
    Nào
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/a2-114-dich-vu-ke-toan-tai-29-quan-huyen.html
    Soi
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i780-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-bac-ninh.html
    Tài
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i779-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-bac-giang.html
    Khoản
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i778-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-phu-tho.html

    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i781-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-hung-yen.html
    Link
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i782-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-vinh-phuc.html
    Của
    http://dichvuketoanlongbien.com/i783-dich-vu-ke-toan-thue-tron-goi-tai-hai-phong.html
    Tao. http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/
    Chúng
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-ha-noi.html
    Mày
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-tp-hcm.html
    Đủ
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-quang-ninh.html
    Trình
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-hai-duong.html
    Thì
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-bac-giang.html
    Tự
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-bac-ninh.html
    Đi
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-hai-phong.html

    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-nam-dinh.html
    Làm.
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-thai-binh.html
    Việc
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-thanh-hoa.html

    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-vinh-phuc.html
    Phải
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-hung-yen.html
    Rẻ
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-phu-tho.html
    Rách
    http://www.trungtamketoan.com.vn/p/trung-tam-dao-tao-ke-toan-tai-binh-duong.html
    Như http://www.tosvn.com
    Thế. http://iketoan247.blogspot.com
    Loại http://tailieuveketoan.blogspot.com
    Chó http://mauhinhnendep.blogspot.com
    Má. http://www.tosvn.com/search/label/Hack%20CF
    Tao http://www.tosvn.com/search/label/Hack%20AvatarStar
    Rủa http://www.tosvn.com/search/label/Hack%20Warcraft-Dota2
    Những http://hocketoan360.com/category/tai-lieu-ke-toan/
    Thằng http://iketoan247.blogspot.com/search/label/thong-tin-kinh-te
    Soi http://iketoan247.blogspot.com/search/label/tin-bai-ve-thue
    Tao http://hoclamketoan.edu.vn/
    Sẽ http://hoclamketoan.edu.vn/category/khoa-hoc-ke-toan
    Tan http://hoclamketoan.edu.vn/category/dich-vu-ke-toan
    Cửa http://hoclamketoan.edu.vn/category/hoc-lam-ke-toan
    Nát http://hoclamketoan.edu.vn/category/tai-lieu-ke-toan
    Nhà http://hocketoan360.com/
    Haha http://hocketoan360.com/category/khoa-hoc-ke-toan/
    http://hocketoan360.com/category/dich-vu-ke-toan/

  2. Vijay-Chamarthi says:

    It worked like a champ,
    Many Thanks for the detailed description

  3. Eric says:

    I have all these things present and yet I still dont see the DBC listed int he content sources page.

  4. ASDFSA says:

    http://www.shopbestgoods.com/
    http://www.nike-jordanshoes.com/
    http://www.beatsbydreoutlet.net/
    http://www.michaelkorsus.com/
    http://www.polo-tshirts.com/
    http://www.northsclearance.com/
    http://www.ralph-laurensale.com/
    http://www.gucci-shoesuk2014.com/
    http://www.michael-korsusa.com/
    http://www.polo-outlets.com/
    http://www.ralphslauren.co.uk/
    http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/
    http://www.mcmworldwides.com/
    http://www.salongchamppairs.com/
    http://www.canada-gooser.com/
    http://www.burberryoutlet2014.com/
    http://www.michaelkors.so/
    http://www.hermes-outletonline.com/
    http://www.oakley-sunglassoutlet.com/
    http://www.north-faceoutlets.net/
    http://www.moncler-clearance.com/
    http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/
    http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/
    http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/
    http://www.monsterbeatsbydres.net/
    http://www.louis-vuittonblackfriday.com/
    http://www.lv-guccishoesfactory.com/
    http://www.mcmoutlet-jp.com/
    http://www.cheapdiscountoutlet.com/
    http://coachoutlet.iwopop.com/
    http://www.coachsfactoryoutlet.com/
    http://www.coach-blackfriday2014.com/
    http://www.coach-storeoutletonline.com/
    http://www.coach-factorysoutletonline.com/
    http://www.coachccoachoutlet.com/
    http://www.coach-factories.net/
    http://www.coach-pursesoutletonline.com/
    http://www.llouisvuitton-factory.net/
    http://www.coach-outletsusa.com/
    http://www.mksfactoryoutlet.com/
    http://www.zxcoachoutlet.com/
    http://www.mischristmas.com/
    http://www.misblackfriday.com/
    http://www.bestcustomsonline.com/
    http://www.newoutletonlinemall.com/
    http://www.clickmichaelkors.com/
    http://www.cmichaelkorsoutlet.com/
    http://www.ralphlaurenepolo.com/
    http://michaelkorsoutlet.mischristmas.com/
    http://mcmbackpack.mischristmas.com/
    http://monsterbeats.mischristmas.com/
    http://northfaceoutlet.mischristmas.com/
    http://mk.misblackfriday.com/
    http://coachoutlet.misblackfriday.com/
    http://coachfactory.misblackfriday.com/
    http://uggaustralia.misblackfriday.com/
    http://coachpurses.misblackfriday.com/
    http://coachusa.misblackfriday.com/
    http://coach.misblackfriday.com/
    http://michaelkorss.misblackfriday.com/
    http://michaelkors.misblackfriday.com/
    http://airmax.misblackfriday.com/
    http://michael-kors.misblackfriday.com/

    http://t.co/1PJuejI1ys
    http://t.co/FYm2MxWwLM
    https://twitter.com/CoachOutlet2014
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coach-Factory-Outlet-Online-Store-Michael-Kors-Outlet-Online-Sale-75-Off/712060898859091
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ralph-Lauren-Polo-Outlet-Online-Sale/1404100279810690

  5. m88 says:

    m88 : http://m88en.com
    M88.com offer online sports games Asia, Sports Betting Asia, Sports Betting Sites Asia.

    m88asia : http://m88en.net
    Link to M88BET phone: m88en.com. – Register and Open Betting Account and Membership M88BET.

    m88bet : http://www.linkm88vip.com
    MANSION88 the house is one of the largest and most prestigious. Appeared quite early in the Asian market, the so-MANSION88 currently attracts more players.

    link m88 : http://m88wiki.com
    Home the M88 is the official sponsor of the football club in the Premier League
    Wish you happy with the new M88
    m88 casino online : http://m88free.com

    Modern Thai restaurant combines outstanding traditional cuisine and a subtle modern decor with a warm welcoming ambience. Thai Restaurants in Brisbane :
    http://www.watersidethainoodles.com.au , traveller reviews of Brisbane Thai restaurants and search by price, location, and more..