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Update Azure Analysis Services Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

Update Azure Analysis Services data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData Azure Analysis Services ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for Azure Analysis Services, you can update live Azure Analysis Services data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to Azure Analysis Services as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

To connect to Azure Analysis Services, set the Url property to a valid server, for instance, asazure://southcentralus.asazure.windows.net/server, in addition to authenticating. Optionally, set Database to distinguish which Azure database on the server to connect to.

Azure Analysis Services uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Analysis Services using the browser. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

Create a Linked Table to Customer Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Customer data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the Customer table.
  3. Select the CData Azure Analysis Services data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the Customer table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.