How to: Create a BDC Model

You can create a Business Data Connectivity (BDC) model by using the Business Data Connectivity Model project template. You can add a Business Data Connectivity Model item to any SharePoint project. For more information, see Creating a Business Data Connectivity Model. For more information about how to design the model, see Designing a Business Data Connectivity Model.

To create a BDC project

  1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Project. If your IDE is set to use Visual Basic development settings, on the File menu, click New Project.

    The New Project dialog box appears.

  2. In the New Project dialog box, expand the SharePoint node under the language that you want to use, and then select the 2010 node.

  3. In the Templates pane, select Business Connectivity Catalog Model, and then click OK.

    The SharePoint Customization Wizard appears.

  4. In the What local site do you want to use for debugging page, type the URL of the SharePoint Web site you will use to test the model, and then click Finish. This site must be located on the local computer.

    An Empty SharePoint Project is created and a Business Data Connectivity Model item is added to the project. By default, the model appears in the BDC designer.

To add a BDC model to an existing SharePoint project

  1. On the Project menu, click Add New Item.

  2. In the Add New Item dialog box, select Business Data Connectivity Model.

  3. In the Name box, type a name for the model, and then click Add.

    The Business Data Connectivity Model item is added to the project. By default, the model appears in the BDC designer.

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