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FIGURE 3.31
The Services On
Server page shows
that Business
Data Connectivity
is inactive.
The BDC service, when completely configured, creates an application under the Web
Services Web Site in IIS, has its own application pool identity, and has to create a BDC
database in SQL. Given that it does use those resources, you can see why SharePoint
allows you to opt not to start the BDC. However, it is a great resource to have, the
Standalone installation has it enabled by default, and we are going to enable it now.
2. To start the Business Data Connectivity service, just click Start in the Action column.
A processing page will come up for a moment, and then the Services On Server page will
reappear, only with the BDC service started.
This doesn’t mean the service is ready to be used, however. You still need to configure its
database and service account. To do this, you need to get to the Manage Service Applications page,
by clicking Application Management on the Quick Launch bar, then clicking Manage Service
Applications under the Service Applications heading on the Application Management page.
C O N F I G U R I N G A S E R V I C E A P P L I C A T I O N
Once on the Manage Service Applications page (Figure 3.32), you’ll see two services running,
but neither is Business Data Connectivity. To rectify this, click New on the ribbon bar, then
select Business Data Connectivity (the only option available under New).
The background of the page may darken, and a Create New Business Data Connectivity
Service Application box may pop up with the configuration settings for a new web
application. This is a new UI feature of this version of SharePoint. If you find the box a little restrictive
because of all the fields and text you have to scroll through, you can maximize the box (as I’ve
done in my screenshots).
The settings here are very much like those used by web applications, because the BDC
service needs a lot of the same resources: a service account, application pool, and database of its
very own.
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