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Configure the CData JDBC Driver for Azure Table in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

Connect to Azure Table data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to Azure Table data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to Azure Table Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    Specify your AccessKey and your Account to connect. Set the Account property to the Storage Account Name and set AccessKey to one of the Access Keys. Either the Primary or Secondary Access Keys can be used. To obtain these values, navigate to the Storage Accounts blade in the Azure portal. You can obtain the access key by selecting your account and clicking Access Keys in the Settings section.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.azuretables.jar

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

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/azuretables" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.azuretables.AzureTablesDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:azuretables:AccessKey=myAccessKey;Account=myAccountName;" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access Azure Table data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to Azure Table for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. Azure Table data JSP jdbc/AzureTables javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/AzureTables"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to Azure Table data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.