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Error: “Access denied by Business Data Connectivity”

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 1/9/2014

(From the mind of Peter Serzo, Previously VP of Consulting Services at High Monkey)

I configured an ECT following a great post by Fabian Williams:

The unique goal of this ECT connection is to be of use by a process (SharePoint Hosted App) - not by a person.  So I need to apply the concept of least priviledge.

I began configuring an external content type (ECT) for a SP2013 instance.  I created a domain account for BCS Access to my SQL DB tables (spbcs_sqlaccess), gave it proper priviledges to the external data, set permissions on the account in Central Admin.  Finally, configuring Secure Store with the Application ID with a Target Application Type of Individual.

At the point in SPD SP2013 when you create the connection to SQL which will then pull back the tables from SQL, I kept getting  

Error: “Access denied by Business Data Connectivity”

There are a lot results in search for this - but I only found one that helped me really understand what was happening.  

Here is the answer:

I was logged onto my desktop as pserzo, then I logged into SPD as pserzo (Site Collection Owner), and tried creating the ECT.  NO!

You cannot do that - Pserzo does not have priviledges to use BCS  - Pserzo need access via the Metadata Store Permissions.  Once I added myself here, everything worked as it should.


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Posted: 1/9/2014 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments