Access EnterpriseDB Data as a Remote Oracle Database

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EnterpriseDB ODBC Driver

The EnterpriseDB ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from EnterpriseDB, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access EnterpriseDB through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use the Oracle ODBC Gateway and Heterogeneous Services technology to access EnterpriseDB data from your Oracle system.

The Oracle Database Gateway for ODBC and Heterogeneous Services technology enable you to connect to ODBC data sources as remote Oracle databases. This article shows how to use the CData ODBC Driver for EnterpriseDB to create a database link from EnterpriseDB to Oracle and to query EnterpriseDB data through the SQL*Plus tool. You can also create the database link and execute queries from SQL Developer.

Connect to EnterpriseDB as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to EnterpriseDB follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

The following connection properties are required in order to connect to data.

  • Server: The host name or IP of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.
  • Port: The port of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.

You can also optionally set the following:

  • Database: The default database to connect to when connecting to the EnterpriseDB Server. If this is not set, the user's default database will be used.

Connect Using Standard Authentication

To authenticate using standard authentication, set the following:

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.
  • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.

Connect Using SSL Authentication

You can leverage SSL authentication to connect to EnterpriseDB data via a secure session. Configure the following connection properties to connect to data:

  • SSLClientCert: Set this to the name of the certificate store for the client certificate. Used in the case of 2-way SSL, where truststore and keystore are kept on both the client and server machines.
  • SSLClientCertPassword: If a client certificate store is password-protected, set this value to the store's password.
  • SSLClientCertSubject: The subject of the TLS/SSL client certificate. Used to locate the certificate in the store.
  • SSLClientCertType: The certificate type of the client store.
  • SSLServerCert: The certificate to be accepted from the server.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Note: If you need to modify the DSN or create other EnterpriseDB DSNs, you must use a system DSN and the bitness of the DSN must match your Oracle system. You can access and create 32-bit DSNs on a 64-bit system by opening the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator from C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for EnterpriseDB in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData EnterpriseDB Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for EnterpriseDB Description = My Description User = postgres Password = admin Database = postgres Server = 127.0.0.1 Port = 5444

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Set Connection Properties for Compatibility with Oracle

The driver provides several connection properties that streamline accessing EnterpriseDB data just as you would an Oracle database. Set the following properties when working with EnterpriseDB data in SQL*Plus and SQL Developer. For compatibility with Oracle, you will need to set the following connection properties, in addition to authentication and other required connection properties.

  • MapToWVarchar=False

    Set this property to map string data types to SQL_VARCHAR instead of SQL_WVARCHAR. By default, the driver uses SQL_WVARCHAR to accommodate various international character sets. You can use this property to avoid the ORA-28528 Heterogeneous Services data type conversion error when the Unicode type is returned.

  • MaximumColumnSize=4000

    Set this property to restrict the maximum column size to 4000 characters.

  • IncludeDualTable=True

    Set this property to mock the Oracle DUAL table. SQL Developer uses this table to test the connection.

Linux Configuration

In Linux environments, Oracle uses UTF-8 to communicate with the unixODBC Driver manager, whereas the default driver encoding is UTF-16. To resolve this, open the file /opt/cdata/cdata-driver-for-enterprisedb/lib/cdata.odbc.enterprisedb.ini in a text editor and set the encoding.

cdata.odbc.enterprisedb.ini

[Driver] DriverManagerEncoding = UTF-8

Configure the ODBC Gateway, Oracle Net, and Oracle Database

Follow the procedure below to set up an ODBC gateway to EnterpriseDB data that enables you to query live EnterpriseDB data as an Oracle database.

  1. Create the file initmyenterprisedbdb.ora in the folder oracle-home-directory/hs/admin and add the following setting:

    initmyenterprisedbdb.ora

    HS_FDS_CONNECT_INFO = "CData EnterpriseDB Sys"
  2. Add an entry to the listener.ora file. This file is located in oracle-home-directory/NETWORK/admin.

    If you are using the Database Gateway for ODBC, your listener.ora needs to have a SID_LIST_LISTENER entry that resembles the following:

    listener.ora

    SID_LIST_LISTENER = (SID_LIST = (SID_DESC = (SID_NAME = myenterprisedbdb) (ORACLE_HOME = your-oracle-home) (PROGRAM = dg4odbc) ) )

    If you are using Heterogeneous Services, your listener.ora needs to have a SID_LIST_LISTENER entry that resembles the following:

    listener.ora

    SID_LIST_LISTENER = (SID_LIST = (SID_DESC = (SID_NAME = myenterprisedbdb) (ORACLE_HOME = your-oracle-home) (PROGRAM = hsodbc) ) )
  3. Add the connect descriptor below in tnsnames.ora, located in oracle-home-directory/NETWORK/admin:

    tnsnames.ora

    myenterprisedbdb = (DESCRIPTION= (ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=localhost)(PORT=1521)) (CONNECT_DATA=(SID=myenterprisedbdb)) (HS=OK) )
  4. Restart the listener.
  5. Test the configuration with the following command:

    tnsping myenterprisedbdb
  6. Open SQL*Plus and create the database link with the command below:

    CREATE DATABASE LINK myenterprisedbdb CONNECT TO "user" IDENTIFIED BY "password" USING 'myenterprisedbdb';

You can now execute queries in SQL*Plus like the one below (note the double quotation marks around the table name):

SELECT * from "Orders"@myenterprisedbdb WHERE ShipCountry = 'USA';