Adapter SQL Server
The MS SQL Server Adapter is used to import (insert), export (select) and amend (update) data in tables of a Microsoft SQL Database Server. This Adapter can be used on the READ (export) side as well as on the WRITE (import) side and supports SQLServer versions from SQL Server 7.0 up to the latest SQL Server 2017.
Connection and authentication
Server Name or IP: You specifiy here which SQL Server that FlowHeater should connect to and what authentication mechanism should be used. Either a DNS host name or an IP address can be entered here. If applicable, an instance name (from SQL Server Version 2000) can be specified here in addition, using the notation:
Database: Choose here the name of the SQL Server database that is to be accessed. On clicking the Test connection button the dropdown selection is automatically filled out with the names of databases available on the SQL Server specified.
Authentication: Select either Windows (trusted connection) or SQL Server here. This confirms how FlowHeater should login to the SQL Server database.
trusted connection = means FlowHeater logs on to the SQL Server database using the currently logged in Windows user.
SQL Server = means FlowHeater logs on to the SQL Server database with a specific SQL user name and password.
User / Password: If you selected "SQL Server" for the Authentication option, you must enter here the SQL user name and its associated password. Important: The password is only stored for future use if you check the "Save Password" option. All passwords stored are saved in an encrypted form in the Definition file.
Insert data: When this option is checked, SQL Insert statements are generated.
Ignore existing records: During an import and when this option is checked, records that already exist in the table are ignored.
Empty the table before importing: When this is checked you tell the SqlServer Adapter to empty the contents of the table prior to running the import, effectively deleting all existing rows.
Update data: When this option is checked, SQL Update statements are generated. Note: If both the Insert and Update options are checked, the SqlServer Adapter checks whether an SQL Update or Insert should be generated in each instance, by reference to the PrimaryKey. Tip: If you are certain there is only data to insert then avoid checking the Update option, as this will make the process significantly faster.
No updates or inserts to data, only generate an SQL script: When this option is checked, it signals the SqlServer Adapter to make no inline changes to the database, but instead to store an SQL script with Insert and/or Update statements. This is useful for testing during development and for subsequent application to the database. If this option is checked you should also check the option below and enter the filename that the SQL statements are to be stored in.
Generate SQL script: This option instructs the SqlServer Adapter to store the change statements (Insert, Update) as an SQL script file with the specified name and path.
Fields / Data types tab
SQL:data available varies according to the side of the Adapter in use:
On the READ side: here you can choose from Tables, Views and Procedures.
On the WRITE side: only Tables are available.
On the READ side you also have the possibility to enter complex SQL statements in the text field. Table joins must be defined by hand. In the second combo box the tables, views and procedures are listed that are available in the specified SQL Server database.
Fields: When you click the Load Schema button, information is retrieved from the database schema (field names, field sizes, data types, primary key, etc.) for the SQL statement above. The information about the fields is then loaded into the field list to the left of this button.
Note: The fields in the field list can be ordered in any sequence required. Fields that are not required can either be temporarily disabled here (tick removed) or simply deleted.
Field properties: How the properties of Primary Key and Auto Increment for the currently highlighted field are to be interpreted are adjusted. This information is only required on the WRITE side. No changes are needed here generally, since the correct information is usually obtained directly from the schema.
A PrimaryKey field is used in an Update to identify record that possibly exists.
Auto Increment fields are neither assigned nor amended in Insert/Update statements.
Warning: If you make changes here it can result in more than one record being updated with an Update!
Automatically strip spaces from the start and end of content: If you check this option an auto trim of whitespace characters will be carried out on STRING data types. This means that any spaces, tabs and line break characters are automatically removed from the leading and trailing parts of strings.
Use TRUNCATE TABLE (=quicker) instead of DELETE FROM: When the option “Empty the table before importing” under the General tab is checked “TRUNCATE TABLE” instead of “DELETE FROM” (=default) is used to empty the table content.
Connection timeout: Timeout in seconds while waiting for connection to be established. If no connection has been made after this period, then the import/export run is aborted.
Command timeout: Timeout in seconds while waiting for an SQL command to complete. By entering a zero value here, effectively disables the option altogether. In that case SQL commands will never timeout and are awaited endlessly. This option makes sense when you select massive data volumes from a database on the READ side and the SQL Server takes a long time to prepare its result.
Use database transactions: This allows you to control how data is imported. According to the default settings SQL Server Adapter uses a single “large” transaction to secure the entire import process. When importing extremely large volumes you may have to adapt transactional behavior to your needs using the “Run AutoCommit after writing every X records”.
Use UNICODE strings: When checked this option will force output of a prefix to the initial apostrophe. e.g. N’import value’ instead of ‘import value’.
Continue running in the face of SQL errors: This option allows you to instruct FlowHeater not to abort a run when it encounters an SQL database error. Warning: This option should only be used in exceptional circumstances, because database inconsistencies could result.
Special Adapter settings
Allow inserts into auto-increment (ID) fields: When you check this option it permits you to write predetermined values into SQL auto-increment fields. Warning: In this case you must also uncheck the “Auto increment” option under the “Fields / Data types” tab for the fields affected.
Adapter settings in the Format tab
- CSV text file import into SQL Server
- Exporting a flat file (report) from MS SQL Server
- SQL Server Import IDENTITY (Auto Increment) fields
- CSV export divided into several files
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