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PowerShell Scripting to Replicate Blackbaud FE NXT Data to MySQL

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate Blackbaud FE NXT data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for Blackbaud FE NXT offer live access to Blackbaud FE NXT 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 Blackbaud FE NXT and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate Blackbaud FE NXT data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing Blackbaud FE NXT data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT 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 Blackbaud FE NXT Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module FinancialEdgeNXTCmdlets
  2. Connect to Blackbaud FE NXT:

    $financialedgenxt = Connect-FinancialEdgeNXT -SubscriptionKey $SubscriptionKey
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-FinancialEdgeNXT -Connection $financialedgenxt -Table "Accounts"

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

    $data = Invoke-FinancialEdgeNXT -Connection $financialedgenxt -Query 'SELECT * FROM Accounts WHERE ModifiedBy = @ModifiedBy' -Params @{'@ModifiedBy'='System'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

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

Inserting Blackbaud FE NXT 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 Blackbaud FE NXT 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 Blackbaud FE NXT resource (Accounts) and to exist in the database.

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

You have now replicated your Blackbaud FE NXT data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with Blackbaud FE NXT 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 Blackbaud FE NXT and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-FinancialEdgeNXT -Connection $financialedgenxt -Table "Accounts" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Accounts" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the Blackbaud FE NXT 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-FinancialEdgeNXT 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')}