Manage Data Connection Files – InfoPath 2007 – Universal Data Connection
After going through this article, I got to know the power of Universal Data Connection UDC files in the InfoPath forms and how it helps during multiple deployment and migration scenarios. But what I missed to note is How do I get a Data Connection File from the Central Administration Site – > Manage Data Connection. This article describes how to do that. Also below I have highlighted the points that you need to get a file from Data Connection File from the Central Administration. (Managing the Data Connection Files centrally) with few quick screen clips that will help you.
Let’s assume that you have created an InfoPath form as per this article. To recap you have added the data connection from the Data Connection Library of your SharePoint site, while doing so you will find an option called Connection Options. Click on the Connection Options and Select the option centrally managed connection Library, by this what you mean is that you are asking the Form template to get the connection file from the Centrally Managed Connection Files from Central admin.
From now on your InfoPath form template will get the Connection Setting from the UDC File of the Central Admin. In case if you want to make any changes to the connection setting all you have to do is to change the Connection File present in the Central Administration Server.