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Automated Continuous Dynamics 365 Business Central Replication to Microsoft Access

Use CData Sync for automated, continuous, customizable Dynamics 365 Business Central replication to Microsoft Access.

Always-on applications rely on automatic failover capabilities and real-time data access. CData Sync integrates live Dynamics 365 Business Central data into your Microsoft Access instance, allowing you to consolidate all of your data into a single location for archiving, reporting, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and more.

Configure Microsoft Access as a Replication Destination

Using CData Sync, you can replicate Dynamics 365 Business Central data to Microsoft Access. To add a replication destination, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select Microsoft Access as a destination.
  3. Enter the necessary connection properties. To connect to Microsoft Access, set the following:
    • Data Source: The path to the Access database. The application must have read/write permissions to the database.
    • Provider: The OLEDB Provider. For MS Office 2007 and above, use Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0.

    Windows Edition

    Connecting to Access as a destination requires the Microsoft Access Database Engine, which can be downloaded from here.

    Be sure to download the correct bitness of the driver as 64bit MS Office only works with the 64bit driver. If using 32bit MS Office, you will need to host DataSync in IIS and and enable 32-bit applications. This can be set in the "Advanced Settings" for you Application Pool. Refer to Configuration in IIS for more information on hosting DataSync in IIS.

  4. Click Test Connection to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure the Dynamics 365 Business Central Connection

You can configure a connection to Dynamics 365 Business Central from the Connections tab. To add a connection to your Dynamics 365 Business Central account, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select a source (Dynamics 365 Business Central).
  3. Configure the connection properties.

    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 Connect to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure Replication Queries

CData Sync enables you to control replication with a point-and-click interface and with SQL queries. For each replication you wish to configure, navigate to the Jobs tab and click Add Job. Select the Source and Destination for your replication.

Replicate Entire Tables

To replicate an entire table, click Add Tables in the Tables section, choose the table(s) you wish to replicate, and click Add Selected Tables.

Customize Your Replication

You can use the Transform feature to customize your replication. The Transform feature allows you to specify which columns to replicate, rename the columns at the destination, and even perform operations on the source data before replicating. To customize your replication, click the Transform button in the Tables section and customize the replication.

Schedule Your Replication

In the Schedule section, you can schedule a job to run automatically, configuring the job to run after specified intervals ranging from once every 15 minutes to once every month.

Once you have configured the replication job, click Save Changes. You can configure any number of jobs to manage the replication of your Dynamics 365 Business Central data to Microsoft Access.