How to Import a Database into a .BDCM File Using SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint 2013 adds many new features to Lists. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to import Data from a SQL table into a .bdcm file using SharePoint Designer 2013. As you know, the Business Data Connectivity (BDC) Service enables SharePoint to display business data from back-end server applications, Web services, and databases. This walkthrough shows you how to create a model for the BDC service that returns information about contacts in a sample database.

Solution:

We have the following two parts to configure:

1. In the first part of this post, I will demonstrate how to get Data from a SQL table through SharePoint Designer 2013.

2. In the second part, we’ll look at how to import a Database into a .bdcm file using SharePoint Designer 2013.

 

I. How to get Data from a SQL table through SharePoint Designer 2013

  • Step 1: Make sure that you’ve created a Northwind database in SQL Server:

 

  • Step 2: Go to SharePoint Designer 2013 and click on the Open Site icon:

 

  • An Open Site dialog box is shown. You must input the site URL into the Site Name textbox to create the External List.
  • Click the Open button:

 

  • The Windows Security dialog is shown, requesting your User Name and Password:

 

  • Step 3: Go to SharePoint Designer to connect the database with SQL Server as follows:
    • Click on the External Content Types menu on the left pane.
    • Then, select the External Content Types icon at the top.
    • In External Content Type Information, type its Name and click on the External System hyperlink to connect to SQL Server.

You will see a Connection window appear:

 

  • Click the Add Connection button:

 

  • You’ll see a dialog appear, prompting you to select Data Source Type as pictured below.  Select SQL Server:

 

 

  • After selecting the Data Source Type, fill in the SQL information fully, including Database Server, Database Name, and Secure store Application ID as shown below:

 

  • Step 4: After connecting successfully, you’ll see Northwind database shown on Data Source Explorer as shown below. We’ll select a Table to create in here right-clicking Table Name and selecting Create All Operations:

 

  • A Parameter Configuration is shown after that. Select as many columns as you need, and click the Finish button to complete:

 

  • Finally, don’t forget to click the Save button after you’re done. This is pretty important, for obvious reasons:

 

  • Now, we have a Northwind database in place, as expected:

 

 

II. How to import a Database into a .bdcm file using SharePoint Designer 2013

 

  • Go to External Content Type and click on the Export BDC Model Manage icon in the Ribbon:

 

  • Type a File Name and select the location to which you want to save the file:

 

  • You will see the .bdcm file after clicking the Save button:

 

  • Open the .bdcm file. You will see the structure of the Data Table which you created before:

 

Good luck!


SharePoint

Applications

SharePoint apps are stand-alone applications that perform specific tasks on a SharePoint site. Apps can perform functions such as managing a discussion board or knowledge base, performing project management or time tracking tasks, or doing other workflow operations.

SharePoint

Product Suites

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and web parts.


Essentials


Essentials Plus


Bamboo Premier


Project Management Suite


Knowledge Management Suite


External User Manager


SharePoint

Web Parts

Extend SharePoint beyond its out-of-the-box capabilities by tailoring it to your requirements with Bamboo Solution’s growing portfolio of Web Parts. Web Parts are the building blocks of pages on a SharePoint site that can be used to customize the user interface and content of a site page. 

SharePoint

Product Suites

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and web parts.


Essentials


Essentials Plus


Bamboo Premier


Project Management Suite


Knowledge Management Suite


External User Manager


Office 365

Cloud Parts

Cloud Parts are functional components that extend your SharePoint environment whether it’s hosted, on-premises, or part of Microsoft Office 365. More than mere ports of existing software to the cloud, our Cloud Parts have been built from the ground up to take advantage of the best that the cloud has to offer.

SharePoint

Product Suites

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and web parts.


Cloud Parts Suite for O365/SP Onl.


Featured Services

SharePoint Health Check

A SharePoint Health Check will identify the causes of issues and risks associated with your specific environment, and is custom tailored to provide you with the best recommendations to optimize your SharePoint environment.

SQL Health Check

Document recommendations relating to performance, stability, availability, or a specific focus you request of your SQL Server database instances.

My SharePointXperts

The truth is that each SharePoint skill may not be a full time job for many organizations, and it is nearly impossible for one person to do everything you need – so augment your team with SharePointXperts; providing the skill sets you need when you need them!