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Connect to Microsoft CDS Data in DBArtisan

Use wizards in DBArtisan to configure Microsoft CDS data as a data source.

The CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft CDS seamlessly integrates Microsoft CDS data into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access Microsoft CDS data as a database. This article shows how to create an data source for Microsoft CDS in DBArtisan and execute queries. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate Microsoft CDS Data into DBArtisan Projects

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.

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.

You can then follow the steps below to register Microsoft CDS data as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic ODBC.
  3. Enter a name for the data source and select the DSN.
  4. Finish the wizard to connect to Microsoft CDS data. Microsoft CDS entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with Microsoft CDS data as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the Microsoft CDS API.