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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Exporting External Content Types

Whenever you are creating solutions for SharePoint, you should always start in a development environment to ensure you do not affect data or availability of your production systems.

In this section you are going to export an ECT and import it into another environment to simulate the moving of an ECT from development to test and then to production. A typical example is the creation of an ECT in a test environment using a test data set from your LOB system. After you have verified the connection is working correctly, you traditionally export the ECT and import it into a QA or test environment to enable testers or selected end users to verify it is working correctly. After the users are happy in the test environment, ...

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