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Query Azure Active Directory Data as a SQL Server Database in Node.js



Execute SQL Server queries against Azure Active Directory data from Node.js.

You can use CData Connect Cloud to query Azure Active Directory data through a SQL Server interface. Follow the procedure below to create a virtual database for Azure Active Directory in Connect Cloud and start querying using Node.js.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Azure Active Directory, allowing you to easily query live Azure Active Directory data in Node.js — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you query data in Node.js, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Azure Active Directory, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Azure Active Directory data.

Configure Azure Active Directory Connectivity for NodeJS

Connectivity to Azure Active Directory from NodeJS is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with Azure Active Directory data from NodeJS, we start by creating and configuring a Azure Active Directory connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Azure Active Directory" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Azure Active Directory.

    Azure Active Directory 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 OAuth section in the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Azure Active Directory Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Azure Active Directory data from Node.js.

Query Azure Active Directory from Node.js

The following example shows how to define a connection and execute queries to Azure Active Directory with the SQL Server module. You will need the following information:

  • server: tds.cdata.com
  • port: 14333
  • user: a Connect Cloud user (e.g. [email protected])
  • password: the PAT for the above user
  • database: The connection you configured for Azure Active Directory (AzureAD1)

Connect to Azure Active Directory data and start executing queries with the code below:

var sql = require('mssql')
var config = {
	server: 'tds.cdata.com',
	port: 14333, 
	user: '[email protected]', //update me
	password: 'CONNECT_USER_PAT', //update me	
	options: {
		encrypt: true,
		database: 'AzureAD1'
	}
}

sql.connect(config, err => { 
    if(err){
        throw err ;
    }
    new sql.Request().query('SELECT * FROM Domains', (err, result) => {
        console.dir(result)
    })
        
});

sql.on('error', err => {
    console.log("SQL Error: " ,err);
})