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Configure the CData JDBC Driver for SuiteCRM in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

Connect to SuiteCRM data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to SuiteCRM data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to SuiteCRM Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    The User and Password properties must be set to valid SuiteCRM user credentials. Additionally, specify the URL to the SuiteCRM application, for example http://suite.crm.com.

    Note that retrieving SuiteCRM metadata can be expensive. It is advised that you store the metadata locally as described in the Caching Metadata section of the data provider help documentation.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.suitecrm.jar

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

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/suitecrm" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.suitecrm.SuiteCRMDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:suitecrm:URL=http://mySuiteCRM.com;User=myUser;Password=myPassword;" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access SuiteCRM data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to SuiteCRM for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. SuiteCRM data JSP jdbc/SuiteCRM javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/SuiteCRM"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to SuiteCRM data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.