ODBC Integration and Synchronization


ODBC compliant data sources can be integrated and synchronized codeless with various other data sources using the Layer2 Cloud Connector via the ODBC Data Provider. Please take a look here for supported systems and applications.​​​​​


ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) is a standard programming language middleware API for accessing database management systems (DBMS). The designers of ODBC aimed to make it independent of database systems and operating systems. It is especially helpful to connect to older systems and applications. Please make use of the 32-bit version of the Layer2 Cloud Connector to integrate such type of databases (even under 64-bit operating systems). For newer systems please check for availability of ADO.NET-based providers instead of ODBC for more features and better performance depending on implementation.


To connect to an ODBC compliant data the data source entity must be configured as follows in the Layer2 Cloud Connector Connection Manager:


Integration of ODBC with SharePoint and Office 365


Fig.: Sample connection configuration to connect to FileMaker data via ODBC.

ODBC Codeless Integration And Synchronization Specific Settings


Please note the following specific settings.


  • Select the ODBC Data Provider to connect. The provider is part of the Windows Operating System and should be already installed.
  • Install the vendor-specific ODBC driver. Note that the driver architecture must fit to the Cloud Connector version installed (32- or 64-bit).
  • Follow the vendor instructions to setup and configure. See here for an example to setup an ODBC data source.
  • Use a System DSN (not User or File DSN) to setup your connection and to refer to in the connection string. Verify your setup directly in the ODBC Connection Manager, if supported.
  • You can use a connection string like this to connect:
    DSN=myDSN; UID=myUser; PWD=myPassword
    Please find more details about ODBC options at www.connectionstrings.com.
  • You can make use of ODBC to query your data as supported by the data provider and source system. For any specification of query language supported see vendor documentation.
  • You can map your data fields to specific external source fields in the Layer2 Cloud Connector. Please take care about data types (simple type conversions are supported).
  • Please enter an appropriate primary key (column with unique values), depending on query (see data preview for this).
  • You can use the connection for uni- or bi-directional synchronization. In case of inserts (full CRUD) via external systems please take care of the primary key. database-side IDs will not work in his case.
  • No installation or changes are required at the ODBC data source or data destination.
  • Data synchronization can be started manually in the Connection Manager, per command line or scheduled in background by the Layer2 Cloud Connector Windows Service. Only data changes are processed (no delete / bulk import).
  • No programming required for setup a connection and sync.
  • No need to open your local network for access from outside.

Step-by-Step Intros For ODBC Integration and Synchronization


Just some ideas about systems to connect and sync:



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