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Retrieving Metadata for SQL Server Operations in Visual Studio

The Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for SQL Server provides three Visual Studio components that you can use to help you develop solutions using the adapter—the Consume Adapter Service BizTalk Project Add-in, the Add Adapter Metadata Wizard, and the Add Adapter Service Reference Visual Studio Plug-in. Adapter clients must use these components to connect to SQL Server and then generate metadata for the operations they want to perform.

All these Visual Studio components simplify development by:

  • Providing a Microsoft Windows interface through which you can browse and search for operations that you want to use in your solution.

  • Retrieving metadata exposed by the adapter for these target operations.

  • Converting that metadata, which is expressed as a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) document by the adapter, into a form that you can use in your solution (XSD message schemas for BizTalk projects or a .NET object representation of a service contract for the WCF service model) and adding it to your project.

This section provides instructions about how to use the Consume Adapter Service Add-in, the Add Adapter Metadata Wizard, and the Add Adapter Service Reference Plug-in.

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