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Use the CData ODBC Driver for SFTP in MicroStrategy Desktop

Connect to SFTP data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData ODBC Driver for SFTP.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for SFTP, you gain database-like access to live SFTP data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding SFTP as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of SFTP data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live SFTP data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to SFTP, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to SFTP and utilizes the embedded SQL Engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze SFTP data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to SFTP as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to SFTP follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

SFTP can be used to transfer files to and from SFTP servers using the SFTP Protocol. To connect, specify the RemoteHost;. service uses the User and Password and public key authentication (SSHClientCert). Choose an SSHAuthMode and specify connection values based on your selection.

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 subfolders to report as views.
  • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve files recursively and list them in the Root table.
Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See gdatamodel for more on using SQL to interact with the server.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

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.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for SFTP in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData SFTP Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for SFTP Description = My Description RemoteHost = MyFTPServer

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Connect to and Visualize SFTP Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting SFTP in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to SFTP in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add SFTP data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of SFTP data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData SFTP Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholder values) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the SFTP data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM MyDirectory NOTE: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of SFTP data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to SFTP, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL Engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for SFTP in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on SFTP data. Read our other articles on connecting to SFTP in MicroStrategy and connecting to SFTP in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.