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Create Reports from Active Directory Data in Google Data Studio

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for Active Directory data and create custom reports in Google Data Studio.

Google Data Studio allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Active Directory data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Active Directory and build reports from Active Directory data in Google Data Studio.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Active Directory, allowing you to easily build reports from live Active Directory data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Active Directory, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Active Directory data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Active Directory Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Active Directory" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Active Directory.

    To establish a connection, set the following properties:

    • Valid User and Password credentials (e.g., Domain\BobF or cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain).
    • Server information, including the IP or host name of the Server, as well as the Port.
    • BaseDN: This will limit the scope of LDAP searches to the height of the distinguished name provided.

      Note: Specifying a narrow BaseDN may greatly increase performance; for example, cn=users,dc=domain will only return results contained within cn=users and its children.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Active Directory data from any MySQL client.

Visualize Live Active Directory Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from Google Data Studio to create a new Active Directory data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Google Data Studio, click data sources, create a new data source and choose MySQL.
  2. Choose the basic configuration and set the connection properties:
    • Host name or IP: myinstance.cdatacloud.net
    • Port: 3306
    • Database: activedirectorydb
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Click Enable SSL, then upload the certificates

      Server Certificate

      Google requires users to upload a server certificate for Server-side SSL. There are two ways to get the server certificate for your Cloud Hub instance:
      1. Web Browser: log into your Cloud Hub instance from a web browser and follow the procedure for getting the Server SSL Certificate from your browser. Save the certificate to a file, like cert.pem
      2. MySQL Client: log into your instance from a MySQL client and submit the following query:

                SELECT @@cloudhub_ssl_cert;
                
        Copy the results and save them to a file, like cert.pem

      Client Certificates

      Create a private/public key pair to be used for client authentication. For more information, refer to our Knowledge Base article: https://www.cdata.com/kb/entries/ssl_certificate_generator.rst.

  3. Click Authenticate
  4. Select the table to visualize or enter a custom query and click Connect.
    NOTE: JOINs are not supported in the user interface, but they are supported as custom queries.
  5. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report and add the data source to the report.
  6. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  7. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

SQL Access to Active Directory Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Active Directory data from your Google Data Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating Active Directory data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.