Office 365 Groups Connector Specific Settings
To connect to an existing Microsoft Office 365 Group the data destination entity
must be configured as follows in the Layer2 Cloud Connector Connection Manager.
To configure a specific data source see here.
Fig.: Sample Office 365 Groups data
entity connection via Groups WebHook
Please note the following specific settings.
- Select the Layer2 Data Provider
for Office 365 Groups to connect. The provider is part of the Layer2 Cloud
Connector ADO.NET provider package and should be already installed.
- You can use a connection string like this to
WebHookUrl=<url of the webhook to the Office 365
- The WebHookUrl is created in the Office 365 Group you want
the Cloud Connector to send Group Cards to. When opening the Office 365 Office
Group, you can find an option at the top menu bar called Connectors. Click on
that to start configuring your Webhook Connector. You need to create a connector
by choosing the "Incoming Webhook" Connector and then click Add.
Fig.: The “Incoming Webhook” generic
Connector in Office 365 Groups is used by the Layer2 Cloud Connector to
integrate 100+ external apps and systems with the Groups feature.
To configure the Incoming Webhook, you need to give it a name and optionally add
an image for the Connector. Once that is done you need to click on Create to
create the Webhook. When it is created you will see an input box with an URL in
it. This is the Webhook and you need this URL in the connection string of the
Cloud Connector. The URL is unique to this Group and Webhook. If you remove the
Webhook, you will disable the connection.
- Using the Webhook "Group Cards" are posted to notify the team about any changes in the connected systems. For better processing you can give a Card Title in the connection string. It is recommended to use the Cloud Connector connection name so that you can immediately see which connection sent this card.
- Additionally you have to provide a symbolic data query to provide data fields to map with your specific data source. Those fields are tracked for data changes and listed in your Group Card later on.
- No password is required as WebHooks are used via the WebHook url.
- A primary key (unique column) is required to process updates. You can also add multiple columns like Col1,Col2, Col3 that are unique together.
- No installation or changes are required at the data source or data destination, e.g. on your connected ERP/CRM or SQL database.
- This is a one-way data "sync" used for creating Group Cards for data change notifications. If you want to change your source data, please connect e.g. to a SharePoint list.
- Group documents can also be synchronized with a local file server or another SharePoint.
- Data updates 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 programming required to setup a connection. No need to open your local network for access from outside.
- For more detailed setting options please take a look at the Layer2 Cloud Connector User's Guide.