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SharePoint: Removing a BDC model via PowerShell

May 7th, 2012 Admin No comments

    In one of the previous posts I showed how to import a BDC model; the current one is about removing. The following script allows to remove a bdc model by its name:

$model = Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject
    -Name "yourModelName" -BDCObjectType Model -ServiceContext "http://yourWebAppUrl"
Remove-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel -identity $model -Confirm:$false

Note: here command line parameters are wrapped to the next lines for readability only. In SharePoint 2010 Management Shell, each command and its parameters should be in the same line.

The Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject command gets a Model object by its name and saves reference to it in the $model variable. The Model object is relevant to your web application accessible through the url http://yourWebAppUrl. As its name implies, the Remove-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel method removes the received model using the $model variable. -Confirm:$false allows to skip an YES/NO confirmation arising right before a model is deleted indeed. Remember that the operation isn’t reversible, use the -Confirm:$false with precaution.

If you need to remove all bdc models, you can use the script as follows:

$metaStore = Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject
                -BdcObjectType Catalog -ServiceContext "http://yourWebAppUrl"
foreach ($model in $metaStore.GetModels("*")) {
		Remove-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel –Identity $model -Confirm:$false
}

Note: here command line parameters are wrapped to the next lines for readability only. In SharePoint 2010 Management Shell, each command and its parameters should be in the same line.

SharePoint: Deploying a BDC model via PowerShell

May 3rd, 2012 Admin No comments

    In SharePoint 2010 a BDC model can be easily deployed using PowerShell. Launch SharePoint 2010 Management Shell (click on Start, then All Programs -> Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products -> SharePoint 2010 Management Shell) and execute the following script:

$metaStore = Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject
                -BdcObjectType "Catalog" -ServiceContext "http://yourWebAppUrl"
Import-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel
                -Path "c:\folder\subfolder\yourfile.bdcm" -Identity $metaStore -Force

Note: here command line parameters are wrapped to the next lines for readability only. In SharePoint 2010 Management Shell, each command and its parameters should be in the same line.

The first command, Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject, returns and saves in the $metaStore variable a Catalog metadata object relevant to your web application accessible through the url http://yourWebAppUrl. The second command, Import-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel, imports a Business Data Connectivity Model defined in a file, path of which is indicated by the -Path key. The model is to be added to the Catalog referenced by the $metaStore and overwrites the existent version (if any) due to the -Force key.

Despite the -Force key you can get the following error:

Error: Cannot merge contents of LobSystem (External System) with Name 'Products'
as it appears to be different from a preexisting LobSystem in the current load context.

What you need to do in this case is remove the previous version of the model.