SharePoint 2010 BCS small differences at the Features in Foundation, Standard or Enterprise

Well, that’s just an informing post. I think it is useful to know which features are available in SharePoint within the different versions. For example that the search of external data is not available in SharePoint Foundation which means that it won’t crawl your external datasource.

So i found this table at the site of microsoft http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee556390.aspx

Business Connectivity Services Feature Foundation Edition Standard Edition Enterprise Edition
External List

External Data column

Business Data Connectivity (BDC) service

Connector Framework

Secure Store Service

External Data Search

Profile Pages

Business Data Web Parts

Rich Client Integration

So as you might see, the External Data Search is available at Standard Version or higher but not at Foundation. Such information might be very interesting if you’re planning using BCS for your application. If you use Foundation, you have to use the Search Server Express which is for free and have more options that get the external data searchable.

Maybe you are also interested into “symptoms and issues you may encounter with the SharePoint Server search connector framework […]” and some solutions to them? Should have a look at this page.

I’ll come up with a post how to make the bdc model crawable in the next days. So i recommend to come back again or just use the rss feed of this blog.

..:: I like SharePoint ::..

The article or information provided here represents completely my own personal view & thought. It is recommended to test the content or scripts of the site in the lab, before making use in the production environment & use it completely at your own risk. The articles, scripts, suggestions or tricks published on the site are provided AS-IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

Karsten Pohnke About Karsten Pohnke
He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.

Submit comment

Allowed HTML tags: <a href="http://google.com">google</a> <strong>bold</strong> <em>emphasized</em> <code>code</code> <blockquote>
quote
</blockquote>

Please fill in the captcha: * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.