Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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Excel Add-In for Azure Management

The Azure Management Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Azure management data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to query Azure configuration & billing info. Perfect for mass exports, Excel based data analysis, and more!

Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for Azure Management provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete Azure Management data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Azure Management data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the Azure Management data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as AzureDataManagementConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Azure Management data, separated by semicolons.

    Azure Data Management uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. See the Getting Started section of the CData driver documentation for a guide.

  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search Azure Management data, such as SubscriptionId.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Subscriptions WHERE SubscriptionId = '"&B1&"'",";Provider=AzureDataManagement",B2)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.