PowerShell Scripting to Replicate Dynamics GP Data to MySQL

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Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate Dynamics GP data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for Dynamics GP offer live access to Dynamics GP 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 Dynamics GP and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate Dynamics GP data to a MySQL database.

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

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.

Collecting Dynamics GP Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module DynamicsGPCmdlets
  2. Connect to Dynamics GP:

    $dynamicsgp = Connect-DynamicsGP -CompanyId $CompanyId -user $user -password $password -URL $URL
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-DynamicsGP -Connection $dynamicsgp -Table "SalesInvoice"

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

    $data = Invoke-DynamicsGP -Connection $dynamicsgp -Query 'SELECT * FROM SalesInvoice WHERE CustomerName = @CustomerName' -Params @{'@CustomerName'='Bob'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

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

Inserting Dynamics GP 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 Dynamics GP 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 Dynamics GP resource (SalesInvoice) and to exist in the database.

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

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

    Select-DynamicsGP -Connection $dynamicsgp -Table "SalesInvoice" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "SalesInvoice" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the Dynamics GP 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-DynamicsGP 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')}