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Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for Dynamics 365 Business Central data in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for Dynamics 365 Business Central data. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for Dynamics 365 Business Central: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with Dynamics 365 Business Central data just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Dynamics 365 Business Central, allowing you to easily query live Dynamics 365 Business Central data alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Dynamics 365 Business Central, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Dynamics 365 Business Central" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

    To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

    To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

    To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central data from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

CREATE SERVER fedD365BusinessCentral
FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER mysql
OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST 'myinstance.cdatacloud.net', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'd365businesscentraldb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (Accounts). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_accounts (
  ...,
  accountid  TYPE(LEN),
  name  TYPE(LEN),
  ...,
)
ENGINE=FEDERATED
DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8
CONNECTION='fedD365BusinessCentral/Accounts';

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM Accounts to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the Dynamics 365 Business Central FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from Dynamics 365 Business Central. Refer to the following example:

SELECT 
  fed_accounts.accountid, 
  local_table.custom_field 
FROM 
  local_table 
JOIN 
  fed_accounts 
ON 
  local_table.foreign_accountid = fed_accounts.accountid;