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Update Zoho CRM Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

Update Zoho CRM data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData Zoho CRM ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for Zoho CRM, you can update live Zoho CRM data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to Zoho CRM as an ODBC Data Source

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.

You will need to obtain an AuthToken to authenticate to Zoho CRM. You can generate an AuthToken on the Zoho CRM website or by calling the GetAuthToken stored procedure. Note that when you generate an AuthToken from Zoho CRM, you can only generate an AuthToken for your user account. You can generate AuthTokens for other user accounts by calling GetAuthToken.

See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide.

Create a Linked Table to Accounts Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Accounts data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the Accounts table.
  3. Select the CData Zoho CRM data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the Accounts table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.