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Replicate QuickBooks POS Data from PowerShell

Write a quick PowerShell script to query QuickBooks POS data. Use connectivity to the live data to replicate QuickBooks POS data to SQL Server.



The CData ODBC Driver for QuickBooks POS enables out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft's built-in support for ODBC. The ODBC driver instantly integrates connectivity to the real QuickBooks POS data with PowerShell.

You can use the .NET Framework Provider for ODBC built into PowerShell to quickly automate integration tasks like replicating QuickBooks POS data to other databases. This article shows how to replicate QuickBooks POS data to SQL Server in 5 lines of code.

You can also write PowerShell code to execute create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations. See the examples below.

Create an ODBC Data Source for QuickBooks POS

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.

When you are connecting to a local QuickBooks instance, you do not need to set any connection properties.

Requests are made to QuickBooks POS through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks POS and accepts connections through a lightweight, embedded Web server. The server supports SSL/TLS, enabling users to connect securely from remote machines.

The first time you connect, you will need to authorize the Remote Connector with QuickBooks POS. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

Connect to QuickBooks POS

The code below shows how to use the DSN to initialize the connection to QuickBooks POS data in PowerShell:

$conn = New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcConnection $conn.ConnectionString = "DSN=CData QuickBooksPOS Source x64"

Back Up QuickBooks POS Data to SQL Server

After you enable caching, you can use the code below to replicate data to SQL Server.

Set the following connection properties to configure the caching database:

  • CacheProvider: The name of the ADO.NET provider. This can be found in the Machine.config for your version of .NET. For example, to configure SQL Server, enter System.Data.SqlClient.

  • CacheConnection: The connection string of properties required to connect to the database. Below is an example for SQL Server:

    Server=localhost;Database=RSB;User Id=sqltest;Password=sqltest;

The SQL query in the example can be used to refresh the entire cached table, including its schema. Any already existing cache is deleted.

$conn.Open() # Create and execute the SQL Query $SQL = "CACHE DROP EXISTING SELECT * FROM " + $Customers $cmd = New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcCommand($sql,$conn) $count = $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery() $conn.Close()

The driver gives you complete control over the caching functionality. See the help documentation for more caching commands and usage examples. See the help documentation for steps to replicate to other databases.

Other Operations

To retrieve QuickBooks POS data in PowerShell, call the Fill method of the OdbcDataAdapter method. To execute data manipulation commands, initialize the OdbcCommand object and then call ExecuteNonQuery. Below are some more examples CRUD commands to QuickBooks POS through the .NET Framework Provider for ODBC:

Retrieve QuickBooks POS Data

$sql="SELECT ListId, AccountLimit from Customers" $da= New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcDataAdapter($sql, $conn) $dt= New-Object System.Data.DataTable $da.Fill($dt) $dt.Rows | foreach { $dt.Columns | foreach ($col in dt{ Write-Host $1[$_] } }

Update QuickBooks POS Data

$cmd = New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcCommand("UPDATE Customers SET LastName='Cook' WHERE ListId = @myListId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.Odbc.OdbcParameter("myListId","001d000000YBRseAAH") $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Insert QuickBooks POS Data

$cmd = New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcCommand("INSERT INTO Customers SET LastName='Cook' WHERE ListId = @myListId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.Odbc.OdbcParameter("myListId","001d000000YBRseAAH") $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Delete QuickBooks POS Data

$cmd = New-Object System.Data.Odbc.OdbcCommand("DELETE FROM Customers WHERE ListId = @myid", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.Odbc.OdbcParameter("myListId","001d000000YBRseAAH") $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()