PowerShell Scripting to Replicate Act-On Data to MySQL

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An easy-to-use set of PowerShell Cmdlets offering real-time access to Act-On data. The Cmdlets allow users to access live Act-On data - just like working with SQL server.

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate Act-On data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for Act-On offer live access to Act-On data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for Act-On and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate Act-On data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing Act-On data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

ActOn uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Collecting Act-On Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module ActOnCmdlets
  2. Connect to Act-On:

    $acton = Connect-ActOn
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-ActOn -Connection $acton -Table "Images"

    You can also use the Invoke-ActOn cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-ActOn -Connection $acton -Query 'SELECT * FROM Images WHERE FolderName = @FolderName' -Params @{'@FolderName'='New Folder'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting Act-On Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the Act-On data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the Act-On resource (Images) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Images" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your Act-On data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with Act-On data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.


  • Once you have connected to Act-On and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-ActOn -Connection $acton -Table "Images" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Images" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the Act-On data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-ActOn cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}