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Create a Microsoft CDS Data Source for Denodo Platform

Use the CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft CDS to create a virtual data source for Microsoft CDS data in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

Denodo Platform is a data virtualization product providing a single point of contact for enterprise database data. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft CDS, Denodo users can work with live Microsoft CDS data alongside other enterprise data sources. This article walks through creating a virtual data source for Microsoft CDS in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Microsoft CDS data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Microsoft CDS, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Microsoft CDS and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Microsoft CDS data using native data types.

Create a Microsoft CDS Virtual Port

To connect to live Microsoft CDS data from Denodo, you need to copy the JDBC Driver JAR file to the external library directory for Denodo and create a new JDBC Data Source from the Virtual DataPort Administrator tool.

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft CDS installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.
  2. Copy the JAR File (and license file if it exists) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft CDS\lib\) to the Denodo external library directory (C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-cds-19).
  3. Open the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator tool and navigate to the Server Explorer tab.
  4. Right-click "admin" and select New -> Data source -> JDBC.
  5. Configure the JDBC Connection:
    • Name: your choice, e.g.: cds
    • Database adapter: Generic
    • Driver class path: C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-cds-19
    • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.cds.CDSDriver
    • Database URI: Set this to a JDBC URL using the necessary connection properties. For example,

      jdbc:cds:OrganizationUrl=https://myaccount.crm.dynamics.com/InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

      Information on creating the Database URI follows:

      Built-In Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.cds.jar

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

      You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. Below are the minimum connection properties required to connect.

      • InitiateOAuth: Set this to GETANDREFRESH. You can use InitiateOAuth to avoid repeating the OAuth exchange and manually setting the OAuthAccessToken.
      • OrganizationUrl: Set this to the organization URL you are connecting to, such as https://myorganization.crm.dynamics.com.
      • Tenant (optional): Set this if you wish to authenticate to a different tenant than your default. This is required to work with an organization not on your default Tenant.

      When you connect the Common Data Service OAuth endpoint opens in your default browser. Log in and grant permissions. The OAuth process completes automatically.

  6. Click the "Test connection" button to confirm the configuration and click Save.

View Microsoft CDS Data in the VirtualPort Administrator Tool

After creating the data source, you can create a base view of Microsoft CDS data for use in the Denodo Platform.

  1. Click the "Create base view" button in the newly created VirtualPort (admin.CDS).
  2. Expand the object tree and select the objects (tables) you wish to import.
  3. Click the "Create selected" button to create views of the Microsoft CDS data.
    Optional: Click "Create associations from foreign keys" to define relationships between the objects.
  4. With the view(s) created, navigate to a table (cdata_cds_accounts) in the Server Explorer and double-click the selected table.
  5. In the new tab, click "Execution panel" to open a query panel.
  6. Customize the query in the "Execute" tab or use the default:
    SELECT * FROM cdata_cds_accounts CONTEXT ('i18n'='us_est', 'cache_wait_for_load'='true')
    
  7. Click Execute to view the data.

With the base view created, you can now work with live Microsoft CDS data like you would any other data source in Denodo Platform, for example, querying Microsoft CDS in the Denodo Data Catalog.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft CDS and start working with your live Microsoft CDS data in Denodo Platform. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.