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Functional Example: BDC ADF that connects to SQL database with embedded user id and password

I needed to wire up MOSS to a SQL database via BDC.  For testing/POC purposes, I wanted to embed the SQL account user id and password in the ADF.  Starting with this template (, I created an ADF that connects to a particular SQL server instance and logs in with a specific user id and password and shown in this snippet:

    <LobSystemInstance Name="ClaimsInstance">
        <Property Name="AuthenticationMode" Type="System.String">PassThrough</Property>
        <Property Name="DatabaseAccessProvider" Type="System.String">SqlServer</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Data Source" Type="System.String">actual server\actual instance</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Initial Catalog" Type="System.String">actual initial catalog</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Integrated Security" Type="System.String">SSPI</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Pooling" Type="System.String">false</Property>
        <!-- These are the key values: -->
        <Property Name="RdbConnection User ID" Type="System.String">actual User ID</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Password" Type="System.String">actual Password</Property>
        <Property Name="RdbConnection Trusted_Connection" Type="System.String">false</Property>


It is not a best practice, but it’s useful for a quick and simple configuration for testing.  This was surprisingly difficult to figure out.  I never found a functional example with search keywords:

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  • embed user id and password in adf bdc
  • sharepoint bdc primer
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4 responses to “Functional Example: BDC ADF that connects to SQL database with embedded user id and password

  1. Prabu November 15, 2007 at 12:08 am

    What is the difference between PassThrough and RevertToSelf in the Authentication mode.

  2. Leo December 7, 2007 at 4:58 am

    What is the acutal instance and actual initial catalog? My guess is actual initial catalog should be the database. What is actual instance then? And if my MS SQL is using windows authentication ? what would be the user id and password in this case? domain\\user then my windows log on password?

  3. Jan D'Hondt November 26, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Havie struggled with LobsystemInstance connection setup too. Used your comments to check if everything worked. My setting differs in that i have set \’Integrated security\’ to false instead of SSPIand \’rdbconnection Pooling\’ to true.My observation about Connection Pooling: since the connection string for any user of this BDC will be exactly the same, the same connection will be used over and over again and therefore can be efficiently pooled by the system. Thus saving overhead on the sql server side. Or is there something I overlooked?

  4. jc April 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I get this when trying to access wiht user id and PasswordA Metadata Exception was constructed in App Domain \’/LM/W3SVC/1032898172/Root-2-128851566339311184\’. The full exception text is: The LobSystemInstance Property \’AuthenticationMode\’ has a value that requires \’Integrated Security\’ in the connection string

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