.NET 4: How to configure EDMX file in other assembly in Web.Config

I have a problem with configuring an EDMX file that lives in an other assembly than by web project. My project looks somewhat like this:

Project 1
--> Database.edmx
--> App.Config

Project 2
--> Ton's of .cs and .aspx files.
--> Web.Config with the proper connection string.

Inside Visual Studio the updating of the .EDMX file inside Project 1 goes smoothly and while I had the .EDMX file inside project 2 the application ran as it supposed to.

Anyone has an idea on how to configure the .EDMX file inside Project 1 to point to the connectionstring of Web.Config? (or should I use Project1.dll.config to configure Project 1?)


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Method 1

You have to change the * in the connection string for the assembly name where the .edmx files are in:

<add name="Entities" connectionString="metadata=res://*/Models.EF.Model.csdl|res://*/Models.EF.Model.ssdl|res://*/Models.EF.Model.msl;provider=System.Data.SqlClient;provider connection ... ;" providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />

<add name="Entities" connectionString="metadata=res://Project2/Models.EF.Model.csdl|res://Project2/Models.EF.Model.ssdl|res://Project2/Models.EF.Model.msl;provider=System.Data.SqlClient;provider connection ... ;" providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />

Method 2

As it turned out, there were 2 problems. One was solved replacing the * in the connection string.

The second problem was the one described here: http://blogs.teamb.com/craigstuntz/2010/08/13/38628/

It had to do with the path .csdl, .ssdl and .msl files had as resources inside the Project1 assembly

Anyway, things function properly now

Method 3

Easier way is to take connection string from Web.Config and copy them into App.Config and point EDMX’s connectionstring to same DB information. e.g

    <add name="ApplicationServices" connectionString="data source=.SQLEXPRESS;Integrated Security=SSPI;AttachDBFilename=|DataDirectory|aspnetdb.mdf;User Instance=true" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
    <add name="aspnetdbEntities" connectionString="metadata=res://*/Data.PSBData.csdl|res://*/Data.PSBData.ssdl|res://*/Data.PSBData.msl;provider=System.Data.SqlClient;provider connection string=&quot;data source=.SQLEXPRESS;attachdbfilename=|DataDirectory|aspnetdb.mdf;integrated security=True;user instance=True;MultipleActiveResultSets=True;App=EntityFramework&quot;" providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />

Also you need to check if the namespaces are correct if you have moved Database.edmx from Project 2 to Project 1, which you can check by opening Database.edmx and goto code behind.

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