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Sharepoint DataList Issue

Sharepoint DataList Issue

Sharepoint DataList Issue

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Hello,
I'm new to Sharepoint, and a previous employee had setup Sharepoint 2010 Standard in our environment and I am trying to learn it.
I am trying to create a page that will connect to a SQL database using a Stored Procedure. I would like the user to pass variables to the stored procedure from some input controls on the site.
From the Sharepoint Designer I see an option for ASP.NET Controls, So I selected a Datalist control from that list. I was able to insert the control and connect it to my Data Source, and in the Designer it is displaying the schema.

When I go to "Preview in Browser", I'm getting:


Error:
Web Part Error: The file you imported is not valid. Verify that the file is a Web Part description file (*.webpart or *.dwp) and that it contains well-formed XML


Does anyone know how to resolve this error? I thought it would be pretty straight forward using the controls that already exist in the Designer.

Just FYI, I was originally going to try using External Content Types with a Filter Webpart, based on some blogs we read. I was able to get the External Content Type to work with an "External Lists", but I did not have the Wepart "Filter" category. From what I read, it seems like that may be because we are using SP Standard CALs.

If ya'll can think of an easier/better way to accomplish what we need, that would be helpful as well.

Thanks in advance.

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