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Business Data Connectivity Service allow to connect with external data system (WCF service, database, .Net assemblies), which is improved version of formal Business Data Catalog in SharePoint 2007.

But you can get this type of error after installing SharePoint 2010 Beta and SharePoint Designer 2010, opening Designer and navigating to the External Content Types object results in the following error:

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This problem can happen If your SharePoint installed in Windows 7 OS due to the following patch of Client OS (Windows 7) though another reason of this error is BDC service isn’t running properly. So, You need to install Windows6.1-KB976462-v2-x64 Hot fix from

http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=23806

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For Windows Server 2008, ensure all update are installed using Microsoft Windows Update. If the the problem persist again after restart PC then go to Manage services on server on Central Administration check BDC and Metadata service

Central Administration –> System Settings –> Manage services on server

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Check if Business Data Connectivity Service and Managed Metadata Web Service are stopped. Start the services if any of them are stopped and close SharePoint Designer and re-open again.

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The error should be resolved after that.

If BDC Metadata store is unavailable this try http://brianhochgurtel.blogspot.com/2009/12/bdc-metadata-store-is-currently.html

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 11:25 AM | Back to top


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Hi,
I deleted the BDC Service Application as per suggested in your blog. But now when I try to create a new BDC Service Application, it throws an error saying it is already present in the parent. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Tejas
Left by Tejas Joshi on Dec 15, 2010 5:48 PM

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Try to create from root site collection. may be you are trying from sub site collection.
Left by Admin on Dec 21, 2010 8:27 AM

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This is one of the best articles so far I have read online. No crap, just useful information. Very well presented. Its really helpful for me and beginner also. Thanks for sharing with us. I have found another nice post with wonderful explanation business data connectivity services in sharepoint over the internet, for more details of that post please check out this link....

http://mindstick.com/Articles/049081ce-2993-4d31-81f8-b1e7d7ed7599/?Business%20Data%20Connectivity%20service%20in%20SharePoint%202010

Thanks everyone for your helpful post.
Left by Ajay Singh on Dec 21, 2011 2:48 PM

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When deploying Windows6.1-KB976462-v2-x64, if you receive an error "The update is not applicable to your computer" as I did on all of my Windows 2008 R2 VMs, there is a great article explaining the workaround: http://blog.techgalaxy.net/archives/3363
Left by Ruslan Jigouline on Aug 10, 2012 1:52 AM

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Sometimes it's just that SharePoint Designer 2013 is not taking the proxy settings.

Open XXX:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15 and edit spdesign.exe.xml . Be sure therea re not more than one file called spdesign.exe.xml in all the computer, for example C:\ and D:\ if you installed the S.Designer in D

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<configuration>
<startup>
<requiredRuntime version="v2.0.50727" />
<supportedRuntime version="v2.0.50727" />
</startup>


<system.net>
<defaultProxy useDefaultCredentials="true">
<proxy usesystemdefault="True" proxyaddress="http://yourProxyIP:8080" bypassonlocal="True" />
</defaultProxy>
</system.net>

</configuration>

And that's it
Left by Manuel Duque on Feb 20, 2013 4:41 PM

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