How to connect LinkedIn with SharePoint

This "how-to-connect" documentation will explain the initial configuration of an example connection from LinkedIn to a SharePoint Online List in Office 365. We will be synchronizing data stored in LinkedIn.

 

This guide presupposes that you have installed the Layer2 Cloud Connector and that you are familiar with its basic functionality. The Layer2 Cloud Connector User Documentation will provide you with all necessary information.

 

 

Contents

1. Configuring LinkedIn

2. Configuring the Layer2 Cloud Connector

2.1 Creating a new connection

2.2 Configuring the Data Entity 1

2.3 Configuring the Data Entity 2

2.4 Running your connection

3. Hints and known issues

3.1 Connection direction

3.2 Data model

 

1. Configuring LinkedIn

You must create a developer account in the LinkedIn Plattform and an app. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/developers/ and create an account. After creating your account, log into it. 

On the right top side, go to Create app:

 

LinkedIn create app

 

Set the app settings. It is important to set the callback URL (e.g. http://localhost:33333) and note it, once we are going to use it in the Cloud Connector connection.

 

LinkedIn app settings

 

After creating your app, open it and go to Auth to copy your client id and client secret:

 

LinkedIn app id and secret

 

 

2. Configuring the Layer2 Cloud Connector

2.1. Creating a new connection

Create a new connection by using the Create New Connection option in the Actions pane (right-hand side). The new connection will appear at the bottom of the Connection Manager List (left-hand side). Click on your newly created connection to open the connection configuration settings.

 

Choose a meaningful name for your connection and replace the current "New Connection" Connection Title with it.

 

Connections to LinkedIn can be  uni-directional only. An initial connection should always be uni-directional to assure that both data entities are identical before switching to bi-directional. Therefore, choose Left to Right as Direction.

 

Step 1 LinkedIn connection setup.png

 

 

2.2. Configuring the Data Entity 1

We will now set up our Data Entities. Go to the data entity “Data Entity 1” to open the configuration settings.

 

Choose a Data Entity Title. It is recommended to give your entities meaningful names to maintain an overview when you decide to set up multiple connections.

 

Select the Data Provider for LinkedIn from the data provider list. You can search for LinkedIn by typing into the selection box.

 

Step 2 LinkedIn integration source setup.png

 

For the Connection String, we need the in step 1 mentioned information. You can copy the below connection string and adjust it to match your gathered information. Use the Verify Connection String option to evaluate if the provided connection string is valid.

 

 

OAuthClientId=clientid;OAuthClientSecret=clientsecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH;

 

 

  • "OAuthClientId=clientid;" this property defines the client id from step 1.
  • "OAuthClientSecret=clientsecret;" this property defines the client secret from step 1.
  • "CallbackURL=url;" this property must be set to the same callback URL from step 1.
  • "InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH;" this property negotiates a new token to every connection.

 

 

The Select Statement text box is used to define specific data queries. We will be gathering information from our CompanyFollowerCount table. You must query the table CompanyStatusUpdates first to get your CompanyId. You can copy the below select statement and adjust it to match your needs. Save your changes by using the right-hand pane option Save Changes.

 

SELECT * FROM CompanyFollowerCount WHERE CompanyId='331242' AND Granularity='Day' AND Date>'08/08/2018'

 

Step 2.5 LinkedIn integration connection string setup.png

 

To check if all necessary columns are received, you can use the Preview Data option on the right-hand pane which will provide you with a pop-up window showing your sample data from your LinkedIn entity.

 

 

Preview data of LinkedIn integration.png

 

2.3. Configuring the Data Entity 2

We are going to send the data to a custom SharePoint Online list. It's required that you set up this list prior to the next steps. Your list should contain matching columns according to your source entity.

 

Use the left-hand pane to switch to the data entity "Data Entity 2". We will be using the Layer2 SharePoint Provider for this setup. 

 

For more information about the SharePoint provider visit:

https://www.layer2solutions.com/support/cloud-connector-faqs/layer2-csom-sharepoint-ado-net-provider.

 

You can copy the below Connection String which contains the minimum of required properties to connect to your custom SharePoint Online list.

 

URL=https://your_custom_sharepoint_list_url/AllItems.aspx;Authentication=Office365;[email protected];

 

  • "URL=https://your_custom_sharepoint_url/AllItems.aspx;" this property defines the URL of your custom list that will be addressed.
  • "Authentication=Office365;" this property will determine the authentication method used. Office 365 is the default authentication method to access Microsoft Office 365 / SharePoint Online. This method will not work in case of federation, e.g. ADFS. For further authentication method you can consult the provider specifications linked above.
  • "[email protected];" this property should describe the user you wish to connect to SharePoint to. 

 

Enter the password that belongs to the user account used in the connection string into the Password field. Save your changes by using the right-hand pane option Save Changes.

 

Step 3 LinkedIn integration target setup.png

 

In the next step, we will configure our mapping settings. Click on the Mappings option on the left-hand pane. If your fields from SharePoint are named identical to the fields from your source system, the Enable Auto Mapping option will match those columns. Disabling this option allows you to match your columns as needed. We enabled auto-mapping in our setup. Save your changes by using the right-hand pane option Save Changes.

 

Step 4 LinkedIn integration mapping.png

 

2.4. Running your connection

To run your connection switch back to the main connection configuration node and use the Run Now Button located on the bottom of the setup page. The Run Synchronization Toolbox will also display the synchronization process. 

 

Step 5 LinkedIn data integration start.png

 

Below is a data preview of the information we have accessed in our source entity:

 

LinkedIn integration ready.png

 

This will be the result in our SharePoint Online list after our initial successful synchronization:

 

Finished LinkedIn integration.png

See section 3.1 for further information.

3. Hints and known issues

 

3.1. Connection direction

As far as tested, this connection supports uni-directional only.

3.2. Data model

To see all the tables and views you can access with the LinkedIn provider, use these queries in the Select Statement:

 

 

SELECT * FROM sys_tables

 

SELECT * FROM sys_views

 

 

If there are more tables or views available, you can load them with the option "load more" in the popup window.

 

 

 

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