A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013 - Book by Saifullah Shafiq

Thursday, November 22, 2012

SharePoint Designer 2013: Data Source Type is empty

If you are creating an external content type in SharePoint Designer 2013 and you get empty data source type when adding a connection then most probably you are using a Preview version of the designer. SharePoint Designer 2013 Preview has a problem. It does not load data source type drop down. To reproduce the problem:

1, Open SharePoint designer 2013 Preview.
2. Under Site Objects, click External Content Types.
3. Click External Content Type button in the ribbon.
4. In the section "External Content Type Information", field "External System", there is a link "Click here to discover external data sources and define operations". Click it.
5. Click Add Connection button. The drop down will be empty.



The only solution, as far as I know, is to use SharePoint Designer 2010 or SharePoint Designer 2013 RTM. Good thing, this has been fixed in the 2013 RTM version.