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SharePoint 2010 RTM Answers – Connectivity Options: Did we get More

Synopsis:  In CTP we had a few connectivity options, some of which were removed in Beta and Release Candidate, now that RTM has shipped, what did we get.  The reason this question is important is due to the fact that you may not always be connecting to a Microsoft LOB system.  I constantly get the question “what about LDAP”, “What about Oracle”, “What about… “?  My answers were and based on the image below STILL IS, “you will have to either use two options” if you are not connecting to a SQL LOB System

  1. Use Web Service or WCF, and with that you can also have an abstraction between your data and the calling system to do whatever you want; i.e. more security, more logic…
  2. Use .NET Assembly to create your connectivity and do the same as above.




April 25, 2010 - Posted by | Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint 2010 RTM, SharePoint Designer 2010


  1. what were the other options in RC and beta? i’ve always remembered just those three.

    Comment by bart tubalinal | April 26, 2010 | Reply

    • In Tech Preview there were 4 options; WCF and WS were broken into two and there was talk of a LDAP provider to be coming out in RTM, guess it didnt make it.

      Comment by fabiangwilliams | April 26, 2010 | Reply

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