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ASP.Net Get Datasource name only from entity connection string?

Posted on 2015-01-12
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Hello all,

I have the following as an example:

<add name="CustomerEntities" connectionString="metadata=res://*/Customer.csdl|res://*/Customer.ssdl|res://*/Customer.msl;provider=System.Data.SqlClient;provider connection string=&quot;data source=DB111-SERVER;initial catalog=Customer;integrated security=True;multipleactiveresultsets=True;application name=EntityFramework&quot;" providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />

I need to get the server name only into a string variable so "DB111-SERVER".   I tried using the SQL SqlConnectionStringBuilder but it throws an error on metadata doesn't understand it.
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Yes, SqlConnectionStringBuilder doesnt understand the metadata part.

Why is your connection string formed like this, containing another connection string inside it?

You could use simple string operations to split the connection string parts using the delimiter (;) and then extracting the data source name from it.
            var connString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["CustomerEntities"].ConnectionString;
            var parts = connString.Split(';');
            var dataSourcePart = parts.FirstOrDefault(p => p.StartsWith("data source="));

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Because of the strange connectionString in connectionString value that you have, you will get this item in the array
"provider connection string=\"data source=DB111-SERVER"
instead of
"data source=DB111-SERVER"
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Entity Framework needs the metadata to build your entity mappings.
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