Automated Continuous XML Replication to Microsoft Access

Use CData Sync for automated, continuous, customizable XML replication to Microsoft Access.

Always-on applications rely on automatic failover capabilities and real-time data access. CData Sync integrates live XML data into your Microsoft Access instance, allowing you to consolidate all of your data into a single location for archiving, reporting, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and more.

Configure Microsoft Access as a Replication Destination

Using CData Sync, you can replicate XML data to Microsoft Access. To add a replication destination, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select Microsoft Access as a destination.
  3. Enter the necessary connection properties. To connect to Microsoft Access, set the following:
    • Data Source: The path to the Access database. The application must have read/write permissions to the database.
    • Provider: The OLEDB Provider. For MS Office 2007 and above, use Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0.

    Windows Edition

    Connecting to Access as a destination requires the Microsoft Access Database Engine, which can be downloaded from here.

    Be sure to download the correct bitness of the driver as 64bit MS Office only works with the 64bit driver. If using 32bit MS Office, you will need to host DataSync in IIS and and enable 32-bit applications. This can be set in the "Advanced Settings" for you Application Pool. Refer to Configuration in IIS for more information on hosting DataSync in IIS.

  4. Click Test Connection to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure the XML Connection

You can configure a connection to XML from the Connections tab. To add a connection to your XML account, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select a source (XML).
  3. Configure the connection properties.

    See the Getting Started chapter in the data provider documentation to authenticate to your data source: The data provider models XML APIs as bidirectional database tables and XML files as read-only views (local files, files stored on popular cloud services, and FTP servers). The major authentication schemes are supported, including HTTP Basic, Digest, NTLM, OAuth, and FTP. See the Getting Started chapter in the data provider documentation for authentication guides.

    After setting the URI and providing any authentication values, set DataModel to more closely match the data representation to the structure of your data.

    The DataModel property is the controlling property over how your data is represented into tables and toggles the following basic configurations.

    • Document (default): Model a top-level, document view of your XML data. The data provider returns nested elements as aggregates of data.
    • FlattenedDocuments: Implicitly join nested documents and their parents into a single table.
    • Relational: Return individual, related tables from hierarchical data. The tables contain a primary key and a foreign key that links to the parent document.

    See the Modeling XML Data chapter for more information on configuring the relational representation. You will also find the sample data used in the following examples. The data includes entries for people, the cars they own, and various maintenance services performed on those cars.

  4. Click Connect to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure Replication Queries

CData Sync enables you to control replication with a point-and-click interface and with SQL queries. For each replication you wish to configure, navigate to the Jobs tab and click Add Job. Select the Source and Destination for your replication.

Replicate Entire Tables

To replicate an entire table, click Add Tables in the Tables section, choose the table(s) you wish to replicate, and click Add Selected Tables.

Customize Your Replication

You can use the Transform feature to customize your replication. The Transform feature allows you to specify which columns to replicate, rename the columns at the destination, and even perform operations on the source data before replicating. To customize your replication, click the Transform button in the Tables section and customize the replication.

Schedule Your Replication

In the Schedule section, you can schedule a job to run automatically, configuring the job to run after specified intervals ranging from once every 15 minutes to once every month.

Once you have configured the replication job, click Save Changes. You can configure any number of jobs to manage the replication of your XML data to Microsoft Access.

 
 
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