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Create PowerShell-Connected Nintex Workflows

Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to PowerShell from Nintex Workflow Cloud and build custom workflows using live PowerShell scripts.

Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud-based platform where you can design workflows to automate simple or complex processes using drag-and-drop interactions — without writing any code. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to PowerShell scripts for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for PowerShell in Connect Cloud and build a simple workflow from PowerShell scripts in Nintex.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for PowerShell, allowing you to build workflows from live PowerShell scripts in Nintex Workflow Cloud — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Nintex allows you to access data directly using SQL queries. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to PowerShell, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested PowerShell scripts.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for PowerShell Scripts

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "PowerShell" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to PowerShell.

    The ScriptLocation, under the Data section, must be set to a valid script location.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to PowerShell scripts from Nintex.

Connect to PowerShell in Nintex

The steps below outline creating a new connection for access to PowerShell CData Connect Cloud from Nintex to create a new PowerShell data source.

  1. Log into Nintex Workflow Cloud
  2. In the Connections tab, click "Add new"
  3. Select MySQL as the connector and click "Connect"
  4. In the MySQL connection wizard, set the following properties:
    • Connection Name: name the connection (e.g., CData Connect Cloud PowerShell Connection)
    • Username: your Connect Cloud username
    • Password: your Connect Cloud password
    • Database Host: your Connect Cloud MySQL endpoint (e.g., myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Database Name: the virtual PowerShell database (e.g., PowerShell1)
  5. Click "Connect"
  6. Configure the connection permissions and click "Save permissions"

Create a Simple PowerShell Workflow

With the connection to CData Connect Cloud configured, we are ready to build a simple workflow to access PowerShell scripts. Start by clicking the "Create workflow" button.

Configure the Start Event Action

  1. Click the start event task and select the "Form" event
  2. Click "Design form"
  3. Drag a "Text - Long" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter SQL query"
    • Set "Required" to true
  4. Drag a "Text - Short" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter desired result column"
    • Set "Required" to true

Configure an "Execute a Query" Action

  1. Add an "Execute a query" action after the "Start event: Form" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set "SQL Script" to the "Enter SQL Query" variable from the "Start event" action
  3. Set "Column to retrieve" to the "Enter desired result column" variable from the "Start event" action
  4. Set "Retrieved column" to a new variable (e.g., "values")

Configure a "Send an Email" Action

  1. Add a "Send an email" action after the "Execute a query" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set the "Recipient email address"
  3. Set the "Subject"
  4. Set the "Message body" to the variable created for the retrieved column

Once you configure the actions, click "Save," name the Workflow, and click "Save" again. You now have a simple workflow that will query PowerShell using SQL and send an email with the results.

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