How to: Add an Application Definition to the Business Data Catalog

This programming task shows how an administrator can add an application definition to the Business Data Catalog after the developer writes and tests the metadata. Adding the application definition is also referred to as importing a metadata package. For instructions on how to write metadata, see Business Data Catalog: Metadata Model.

To add an application definition to the Business Data Catalog

  1. Open SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

  2. In the left navigation pane, click the name of your Shared Services Provider (SSP).

  3. In the Business Data Catalogsection, click Import application definition.

  4. In the Import Application Definition page that opens, browse to the XML file that contains the metadata for a business application, and then click Import.


    If the metadata is wrong, the application might throw some exceptions. For help finding ULS logs to look for run-time exceptions and messages, and for general troubleshooting tips, see Troubleshooting Business Data Clients and Metadata. However, after the developer fixes the errors (if any), Office SharePoint Server 2007 will import the metadata into the metadata repository and display the "Application definition was successfully imported." message on the page.

    At this point, all the business data features can pick up this application from the Business Data Catalog.


After you add the application definition, the administrator can set permissions and authentication settings using the Business Data Catalog Administration UI in SharePoint Central Administration. Business Data Catalog: Security Model describes the authentication and authorization choices available in the Business Data Catalog.

See Also


Troubleshooting Business Data Clients and Metadata