Sharepoint 2010 : Business Connectivity Services Deployment Types (part 2) - Creating a Profile Page to Display BCS Results

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4. Set the Title Field in the External Content Type

It is not required that a title property is configured for the external content types, but this is essential for achieving meaningful search results. It can be configured in SPD 2010.

In SPD 2010, connect to the site containing the external content type. In the Fields section (shown in the bottom right corner on the summary page in Figure 11), highlight the Name field of the most meaningful field to use as the title. Click the Set as Title button on the ribbon, and save the external content type by clicking File and then Save on the ribbon.

Figure 11. Setting the external content type title

5. Creating a Profile Page to Display BCS Results

The profile page is used to display search result items from external content types. Open Central Administration and navigate to Create Site Collections. Create a new blank site to host the profile page, as shown in Figure 12. Give it a meaningful name according to the external source it gets paired with. It is important to write down the URL, as it has to be entered manually later.

Figure 12. Creating a profile page

Navigate to the Manage Service Applications page in Central Administration, and click the Business Data Connectivity service application. On the Edit tab of the ribbon at the top of the page, click Configure. This opens the dialog shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13. Associating the external content type with a profile page

Enter the URL of the profile page into the Host SharePoint site URL field, and click OK. Select the Customers external content type (or your own ECT) using the check box, and click Create/Upgrade. This will create a new profile page and View action for the external content type. Click OK for the warning in Figure 14.

Figure 14. Warning page when creating a profile page

Clicking OK to the warning will create a new default action pointing to the profile page, with the ID passed as a URL parameter on the query string. A notification that the operation has succeeded (Figure 15) will be displayed.

Figure 15. Confirming the profile page has been created

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