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How to set SharePoint data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for SharePoint fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide SharePoint data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set SharePoint data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view SharePoint data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of SharePoint Data

Follow the instruction below to set SharePoint data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.sharepoint.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for SharePoint installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.sharepoint.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.sharepoint.SharePoint Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    Set the URL property to the base SharePoint site or to a sub-site. This allows you to query any lists and other SharePoint entities defined for the site or sub-site.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid SharePoint user credentials when using SharePoint On-Premise.

    If you are connecting to SharePoint Online, set the SharePointEdition to SHAREPOINTONLINE along with the User and Password connection string properties. For more details on connecting to SharePoint Online, see the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sharepoint.jar

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

    When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:sharepoint:User=myuseraccount;Password=mypassword;Auth Scheme=NTLM;URL=http://sharepointserver/mysite;SharePointEdition=SharePointOnPremise;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to SharePoint set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select SharePoint Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The SharePoint entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the SharePoint data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, SharePoint can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.