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How to set Active Directory data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide Active Directory data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set Active Directory data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view Active Directory data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of Active Directory Data

Follow the instruction below to set Active Directory data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.ActiveDirectory Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    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.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Active Directory JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:activedirectory:User=cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain;Password=bob123;Server=10.0.1.2;Port=389;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to Active Directory set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select Active Directory Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The Active Directory entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the Active Directory data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, Active Directory can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.