Establishes a connection to the data source by calling the underlying data provider's Open method.
Assembly: System.Data.Entity (in System.Data.Entity.dll)
To avoid inadvertently putting objects such as System.Data.Common.CommandTrees and ObjectContext out of sync with their metadata, EntityConnection must lock its metadata. No changes to the connection string are allowed after the metadata is locked. The following are two scenarios in which metadata is locked:
The EntityConnection instance is constructed through the default constructor, or through the EntityConnection(String) constructor, which accepts a connection string. In either case the connection string might be changed multiple times before the connection is opened. Calling or locks the metadata.
The EntityConnection instance is constructed through the EntityConnection(MetadataWorkspace, DbConnection) constructor, which that accepts a MetadataWorkspace and a DbConnection. In this case the metadata is locked at construction time. No changes to the connection string are ever allowed.
When metadata is loaded, the EntityConnection verifies that the conceptual model, the storage model, and the mapping file are all present.
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.