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Connect to Dynamics NAV Data in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL)

Transfer Dynamics NAV data using the visual workflow in the CloverDX data integration tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Dynamics NAV enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Dynamics NAV as sources and destinations. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Dynamics NAV to set up a simple transfer into a flat file. The CData JDBC Driver for Dynamics NAV enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Dynamics NAV as sources and destinations. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Dynamics NAV to set up a simple transfer into a flat file.

Connect to Dynamics NAV as a JDBC Data Source

  1. Create the connection to Dynamics NAV data. In a new CloverDX graph, right-click the Connections node in the Outline pane and click Connections -> Create Connection. The Database Connection wizard is displayed.
  2. Click the plus icon to load a driver from a JAR. Browse to the lib subfolder of the installation directory and select the cdata.jdbc.dynamicsnav.jar file.
  3. Enter the JDBC URL.

    Before you can connect, OData Services will need to be enabled on the server. Once OData Services are enabled, you will be able to query any Services that are published on the server.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Dynamics NAV user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Dynamics NAV server organization root and a ServerInstance. If there is not a Service Default Company for the server, you will need to set the Company as well.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.dynamicsnav.jar

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

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:dynamicsnav:http://myserver:7048;User=myserver\Administrator;Password=admin;ServerInstance=DYNAMICSNAV71;

Query Dynamics NAV Data with the DBInputTable Component

  1. Drag a DBInputTable from the Readers selection of the Palette onto the job flow and double-click it to open the configuration editor.
  2. In the DB connection property, select the Dynamics NAV JDBC data source from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the SQL query. For example: SELECT Name, Prices_Including_VAT FROM Customer

Write the Output of the Query to a UniversalDataWriter

  1. Drag a UniversalDataWriter from the Writers selection onto the jobflow.
  2. Double-click the UniversalDataWriter to open the configuration editor and add a file URL.
  3. Right-click the DBInputTable and then click Extract Metadata.
  4. Connect the output port of the DBInputTable to the UniversalDataWriter.
  5. In the resulting Select Metadata menu for the UniversalDataWriter, choose the Customer table. (You can also open this menu by right-clicking the input port for the UniversalDataWriter.)
  6. Click Run to write to the file.