Thursday, 10 July 2014

The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized. SharePoint BCS

Frustrating couple of hours yesterday trying to figure out a 401 Unauthorized error when trying to access an External BCS list programatically using the CSOM.

After jumping through a few well documented gottchas, I finally came stumped on the error on my console:

The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.

The error came straight after my command:


I finally got the tip from forums that the issue related to Alternate Access Mappings.

In my code's settings.xml, I was referring to the FQDN URL:

However, in the Namespace of the External Content Type (in SharePoint Designer), it was referring just to http://machine:port.

Once I updated my code to use the same URL as the External Content Type Configuration, it all worked perfectly.

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