So the other day I wrote about an error received when your security is not setup properly when configuring search for external data using Business Connectivity Services. I thought today would be a good day to show you how to setup SharePoint search to crawl external content with BCS. Setting up search isn’t actually too hard once the ECT is there. What people initially forget though is setting up the profile page. This is what tells SharePoint how to display the data to you. If you don’t setup profiles here is what things look like:
We can see from the link details that it is coming from the BDC (Business Data Connectivity). That’s the service in SharePoint that houses BCS. Clicking on the link just takes us back to the search center. This is because SharePoint doesn’t know how to display the data to us.