SharePoint Foundation 2010 has introduced a new REST interface to query SharePoint list data. This new interface can be consumed by SharePoint Designer.
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If Windows authentication is configured and Kerberos is not then any DataFormWebParts that try to consume the data source will generate the following error message in SharePoint Designer:
Configure the web application to use Kerberos as per this article on any server that ListData.svc is going to be used from:
Once this has been implemented the Windows authentication dialog box in the REST data source will function as intended.
1. Create a custom list in SharePoint site - List1, the web application of the site uses Windows Authentication - NTLM.
2. Try to browse the list using REST Service - http://Site1/_vti_bin/listdata.svc/List1, this ensures REST Service listdata.svc works.
3. Open site in SharePoint Designer 2010.
4. Create a datasource and select the REST Service Connection from the menu
5. In the "Enter the URL to a server-side script", enter the REST Service Connection url, for example, http://Site1/_vti_bin/listdata.svc/List1.
6. Under Login Tab, select "Use Windows authentication"
7. In SPD create a sample Web Part Page.
8. Under Insert Menu, click Data View and select the newly created DataSource. In the Data Source Details panel at the right side, we will recieve the error
"The server returned a non-specific error when trying to get data from the data source....."
9. Changed the authentication provider of the web application to Windows Authentication - Negotiate (Kerberos) and try to insert the DataSource again, it will succeed.
Article ID: 2513432 - Last Review: Mar 16, 2011 - Revision: 1