SharePoint + PowerShell: Import All BDCM Files in a Directory and Set Permissions

In order to invest as little effort as possible creating and recreating and recreating my External Content Types on my development server, I exported the ECT’s then deleted External Content Types, External Systems, and BDC Models. I saved them all in a directory on the SharePoint server, then I placed ImportALLbdcms.ps1 in the same directory and ran it.

$adminGroup = “DOMAIN\SharePoint Admins” #for bdc permissions
$userGroup = “Domain\SharePoint Users”

$serviceContext = “http://localhost/”
$nameSpace = “http://$env:USERDNSDOMAIN/”.toLower()

$bdc = Get-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject -BdcObjectType Catalog -ServiceContext $serviceContext
$pathtobdcmfiles = Get-Location
$importFiles = Get-Childitem -path $pathtobdcmfiles | Where {$_.extension -eq “.bdcm” -and $_.basename -ne “catalog”}

foreach ($file in $importFiles) {
Import-SPBusinessDataCatalogModel -Path $file.FullName -Identity $bdc -force -ModelsIncluded -PropertiesIncluded -PermissionsIncluded -Verbose
write-host $file.fullname

$claimAdmin = New-SPClaimsPrincipal -Identity $adminGroup -IdentityType WindowsSamAccountName
$claimUsers = New-SPClaimsPrincipal -Identity $userGrup -IdentityType WindowsSamAccountName

Grant-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject -Identity $bdc -Principal $claimAdmin -Right “Execute,SetPermissions,Edit,SelectableInClients”
Grant-SPBusinessDataCatalogMetadataObject -Identity $bdc -Principal $claimUsers -Right “Execute,Edit,SelectableInClients”

Copy-SPBusinessDataCatalogAclToChildren -MetadataObject $bdc
Sorry for a junky intro and no conclusion, I’ve been working 19 hour straight and I’m about exhausted. Anyway, HTHY!

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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