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Resolving Business Data Connectivity error: Metadata store is currently unavailable

Written By: MJ Ferdous -- 4/27/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (1409) comments -- printer friendly version

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Categories: Business Connectivity Services, Configurations, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, System Administration

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Problem

The SharePoint 2010 Business Data Connectivity Service allows connecting with external data systems (WCF service, database, .Net assemblies). This is an improved version of the Business Data Catalog in SharePoint 2007. But you can get an error...

"Business Data Connectivity metadata store is currently unavailable"

...when navigating to the External Content Types using SharePoint Designer 2010.

Solution

You can get this type of error from Windows Server 2008 or the Client OS (Windows 7) after installing SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010. SP Designer can throw the following exception when navigating to an External Content Type object.

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