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Automated Continuous FinancialForce Replication to Apache Cassandra

Use CData Sync for automated, continuous, customizable FinancialForce replication to Apache Cassandra.

Always-on applications rely on automatic failover capabilities and real-time data access. CData Sync integrates live FinancialForce data into your Apache Cassandra instance, allowing you to consolidate all of your data into a single location for archiving, reporting, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and more.

Configure Cassandra as a Replication Destination

Using CData Sync, you can replicate FinancialForce data to Apache Cassandra. To add a replication destination, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select Apache Cassandra as a destination.
  3. Enter the necessary connection properties. CData Sync supports Basic authentication with login credentials and the additional authentication features of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) Cassandra. The following sections detail connection properties your authentication method may require.

    You need to set AuthScheme to the value corresponding to the authenticator configured for your system. You specify the authenticator in the authenticator property in the cassandra.yaml file. This file is typically found in /etc/dse/cassandra or through the DSE Unified Authenticator on DSE Cassandra.

    Basic Authentication

    Basic authentication is supported through Cassandra's built-in default PasswordAuthenticator.

    • Set the AuthScheme property to 'BASIC' and set the User and Password properties.
    • In the cassandra.yaml file, set the authenticator property to 'PasswordAuthenticator.'

    Kerberos Authentication

    Kerberos authentication is supported through DataStax Enterprise Unified Authentication.

    • Set the AuthScheme property to 'KERBEROS' and set the User and Password properties.
    • Set the KerberosKDC, KerberosRealm, and KerberosSPN properties.
    • In the cassandra.yaml file, set the authenticator property to "com.datastax.bdp.cassandra.auth.DseAuthenticator."
    • Modify the authentication_options section in the dse.yaml file, specifying the default_schema and other_schemas properties as 'kerberos.'
    • Modify the kerberos_options section in the dse.yaml file, specifying the keytab, service_principle, http_principle and qop properties.

    LDAP Authentication

    LDAP authentication is supported through DataStax Enterprise Unified Authentication.

    • Set the AuthScheme property to 'LDAP' and set the User and Password properties.
    • In the cassandra.yaml file, set the authenticator property to "com.datastax.bdp.cassandra.auth.DseAuthenticator."
    • Modify the authentication_options section in the dse.yaml file, specifying the default_schema and other_schemas properties as 'ldap.'
    • Modify the ldap_options section in the dse.yaml file, specifying the server_host, server_port, search_dn, search_password, user_search_base, and user_search_filter properties.

    Using PKI

    You can specify a client certificate to authenticate CData Sync with SSLClientCert, SSLClientCertType, SSLClientCertSubject, and SSLClientCertPassword.

  4. Click Test Connection to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure the FinancialForce Connection

You can configure a connection to FinancialForce from the Connections tab. To add a connection to your FinancialForce account, navigate to the Connections tab.

  1. Click Add Connection.
  2. Select a source (FinancialForce).
  3. Configure the connection properties.

    There are several authentication methods available for connecting to FinancialForce: login credentials, SSO, and OAuth.

    Authenticating with a Login and Token

    Set the User and Password to your login credentials. Additionally, set the SecurityToken. By default, the SecurityToken is required, but you can make it optional by allowing a range of trusted IP addresses.

    To disable the security token:

    1. Log in to FinancialForce and enter "Network Access" in the Quick Find box in the setup section.
    2. Add your IP address to the list of trusted IP addresses.

    To obtain the security token:

    1. Open the personal information page on FinancialForce.com.
    2. Click the link to reset your security token. The token will be emailed to you.
    3. Specify the security token in the SecurityToken connection property or append it to the Password.

    Authenticating with OAuth

    If you do not have access to the user name and password or do not want to require them, use the OAuth user consent flow. See the OAuth section in the Help for an authentication guide.

    Connecting to FinancialForce Sandbox Accounts

    Set UseSandbox to true (false by default) to use a FinancialForce sandbox account. Ensure that you specify a sandbox user name in User.

  4. Click Connect to ensure that the connection is configured properly.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Configure Replication Queries

CData Sync enables you to control replication with a point-and-click interface and with SQL queries. For each replication you wish to configure, navigate to the Jobs tab and click Add Job. Select the Source and Destination for your replication.

Replicate Entire Tables

To replicate an entire table, click Add Tables in the Tables section, choose the table(s) you wish to replicate, and click Add Selected Tables.

Customize Your Replication

You can use the Transform feature to customize your replication. The Transform feature allows you to specify which columns to replicate, rename the columns at the destination, and even perform operations on the source data before replicating. To customize your replication, click the Transform button in the Tables section and customize the replication.

Schedule Your Replication

In the Schedule section, you can schedule a job to run automatically, configuring the job to run after specified intervals ranging from once every 15 minutes to once every month.

Once you have configured the replication job, click Save Changes. You can configure any number of jobs to manage the replication of your FinancialForce data to Apache Cassandra.