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How to: Create a BDC Model

You can create a Business Data Connectivity (BDC) model by using the template for that kind of item and then adding the model 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 menu bar, choose File, Add, New Project.


    If your IDE is set to use Visual Basic development settings, choose File, New Project.

    The New Project dialog box opens.

  2. Under either Visual Basic or Visual C#, choose the 2010 node.

  3. In the Templates pane, choose the SharePoint 2010 Project item, and then choose the OK button.

    The SharePoint Customization Wizard opens.

  4. On the Specify the site and security level for debugging page, specify the URL of a SharePoint site on the local computer, choose the Deploy as farm solution option button, and then choose the Finish button.

    You will test the model on the SharePoint site that you specified.


    You must deploy the project as a farm solution because BDC models support only farm solutions.

    An empty SharePoint project is created.

  5. On the menu bar, choose Project, Add New Item.

  6. In the Add New Item dialog box, expand the SharePoint node, and then choose the 2010 item.

  7. In the list of SharePoint templates, choose Business Data Connectivity Model (Farm Solution Only).

  8. In the Name box, specify a name for the BDC model, and then choose the Add button.

    A Business Data Connectivity Model item is added to the project. By default, the model appears in the BDC designer. For more information, see Creating a Business Data Connectivity Model.

See Also


How to: Add an Existing BDC Model File to a SharePoint Project

How to: Use a Resource File to Specify Localized Names, Properties, and Permissions

How to: Include a Custom Assembly in a BDC Feature

Other Resources

Creating a Business Data Connectivity Model

Integrating Business Data into SharePoint