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Natively Connect to Microsoft Exchange Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for Microsoft Exchange enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to Microsoft Exchange data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Exchange into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Microsoft Exchange-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Microsoft Exchange data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

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.

Specify the User and Password to connect to Exchange. Additionally, specify the address of the Exchange server you are connecting to and the Platform associated with the server.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Microsoft Exchange by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Exchange Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC Exchange Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Contacts WHERE BusinnessAddress_City = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Exchange Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Contacts WHERE BusinnessAddress_City = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Raleigh'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Exchange Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT GivenName, Size FROM Contacts");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Microsoft Exchange data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT GivenName, Size FROM Contacts"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["GivenName"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Microsoft Exchange data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Contacts WHERE BusinnessAddress_City = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Raleigh')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are Microsoft Exchange-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.