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Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-08-01

One of the advantages of using the Business Data Catalog (BDC) is that developers and designers can author an application definition file once and then reuse that application definition in multiple places within your organization so that the same information does not have to be reconfigured. One application definition enables data integration for the imported entities and methods across all Web applications and sites that use the same Shared Services Provider (SSP). If your organization uses more than one SSP, or if you want to reuse an application definition for one application to help author another application, the administrator for the Business Data Catalog or the specific application can export the application definition file for use by designers and developers who are authoring similar application definitions, or by application administrators for the Business Data Catalog in another SSP.

Before you perform this procedure, confirm that:

  • You have read the topic Manage application definitions.

  • Your system is running either the Standard or Enterprise version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.


    Administrators must have at least View Only access to the Shared Services Administration site, and must have the Edit permission for the Business Data Catalog.


    An application definition is an XML file that is imported to the Business Data Catalog for each application or service. It is not the same as the enterprise application definition for single sign-on.

Export application definition

Use the following procedure to import an application definition to the Business Data Catalog.

Export application definition

  1. On the Shared Services Administration site home page, in the Business Data Catalog section, click View applications.

  2. On the Business Data Catalog Applications page, in the Applications list, click the name of the application.

  3. On the View Application: Application page, in the Application Information section, click Export Application Definition.

  4. In the File Type section, select the type of application definition to export.

  5. In the Resources to export section, select the resources to export, as follows:

    • Select Localized Names to import names for business data fields in multiple languages.

    • Select Properties to import properties from the application definition.

    • Select Permissions to import permissions from the application definition.

  6. Click Export.

  7. On the File Download dialog, click Save and select a location to save the application definition.

  8. Click Save.