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How to set Dynamics GP data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for Dynamics GP fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide Dynamics GP data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set Dynamics GP data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view Dynamics GP data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of Dynamics GP Data

Follow the instruction below to set Dynamics GP data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.dynamicsgp.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for Dynamics GP installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.dynamicsgp.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.dynamicsgp.DynamicsGP Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    To authenticate set the User and Password connection properties.

    To connect set the URL to the Web services endpoint; for example, http://{servername}:{port}/Dynamics/GPService. Additionally, set CompanyId; you can obtain this value in the company setup window: Click Tools -> Setup -> Company.

    By default, data summaries are not returned to save performance. Set LookupIds to true to return details such as line items; however, note that entities must be retrieved one at a time.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Dynamics GP JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.dynamicsgp.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:dynamicsgp:CompanyId=mycompanyId;user=myuser;password=mypassword;URL= http://{servername}:{port}/Dynamics/GPService;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to Dynamics GP set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select Dynamics GP Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The Dynamics GP entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the Dynamics GP data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, Dynamics GP can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.