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How to Generate SQL Command Schemas for the CData BizTalk Adapter for FTP

The CData BizTalk Adapter makes it easy to process FTP data in BizTalk by returning the data as XML. You can use this data in a BizTalk orchestration by creating an XML schema file for the table you want to access in BizTalk.

This article will show how to generate a schema to process FTP data retrieved using the CData BizTalk Adapter. You will generate a schema for a SELECT command.

This guide shows how to use the CData BizTalk Adapter for FTP to execute SQL commands to FTP.

Add the Adapter for FTP to Your Project

Follow the steps below to add the adapter to a BizTalk Server project.

  1. If you have not already done so, create a new BizTalk Server project in Visual Studio.
  2. Right-click on the project in the Solution Explorer and click Add -> Add Generated Items.
  3. Select Add Adapter Metadata in the resulting dialog box.
  4. In the resulting Add Adapter wizard, select the adapter from the list.
  5. In the Port menu, leave the selection blank. You can also select a receive location or send port that has the adapter configured as its transport type.

Generate a Schema for an SQL Command

After you select the adapter in the Add Adapter wizard, the Schema wizard is displayed. Follow the steps below to configure connection properties and retrieve the metadata for the results of the command.

  1. In the Connection String page, enter authentication credentials and other connection properties, if you did not select an adapter that you have already configured in your BizTalk application. Below is a typical connection string: RemoteHost=MyFTPServer;

    To connect to FTP or SFTP servers, specify at least RemoteHost and FileProtocol. Specify the port with RemotePort.

    Set User and Password to perform Basic authentication. Set SSHAuthMode to use SSH authentication. See the Getting Started section of the data provider help documentation for more information on authenticating via SSH.

    Set SSLMode and SSLServerCert to secure connections with SSL.

    The data provider lists the tables based on the available folders in your FTP server. Set the following connection properties to control the relational view of the file system:

    • RemotePath: Set this to the current working directory.
    • TableDepth: Set this to control the depth of folders to list as views.
    • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve and list files recursively from the root table.

    Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See the Data Model chapter of the FTP data provider documentation for more information.

  2. In the General Options section on the next page, Schema Information, select Send Port or Receive Location, depending on the adapter configuration.
  3. If you want to generate the schema for the entire result set, select the Single Message option in the Message Mode menu. If you want to generate one schema for each row in the result set, select the Message Per Row option and confirm that the root element of the message is 'row'.
  4. In the Command Type menu, select SQL Command.
  5. In the SQL Command Text box on the Statement Information page, enter an SQL command. (If you have configured a receive location or send port, the SQL command you configured is entered in the box.) This example uses the query below:

    SELECT Filesize, Filename FROM Notes

  6. Confirm the settings in the summary displayed by the wizard and click Finish to generate the schema.xsd file.

Processing Schemas

To use schemas in a simple BizTalk application, see the tutorial.