Data Provider for ODBC - Q & A
The Cloud Connector for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint
2010 / 2013 can connect 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC data sources (and
almost any other sources) with native list in SharePoint on-premise or online,
in just minutes, without any coding, bi-directional if required. This page gives
specifications and help about how to use the ODBC Data Provider with the Cloud
To integrate any ODBC-related data source with SharePoint or Office 365 via the
Layer2 Cloud Connector please go the following steps:
- Think about 32-bit or 64-bit ODBC.
If your data source driver or application is still 32-bit, use the 32-bit
installation of the Layer2 Cloud Connector to integrate.
- Define your data source as a System DSN in the ODBC Administrator (32-bit or
64-bit), e.g. with name myDSN.
Fig.: ODBC Filemaker connection configured in the ODBC Manager.
- Goto the Layer2 Cloud Connector
Connection Manager and create a new connection. Create blank connection or copy
a sample connection that fits best as a starting point.
- Configure the data source as a first data entity.
- Select the ODBC Data Provider in the Layer2 Connection Manager.
- Enter the connection string, e.g. DSN=myDSN in our example. You can add UID
and Password if required, e.g. DSN=myDSN; UID=admin; PWD=myPWD. Verify the
- Enter your data query. Please note that SQL depends on your data driver (not
the Cloud Connector product). For example for most drivers something like
"select * from myTable" should work. PLease make sure to include any promary key
(unique column) in your query. Verify your data query and display the data
preview (see Action Menu). The first 10 records should be shown. Refine your
query, e.g. remove unwanted columns, add where conditions etc., e.g.
myField1, myField2 from myTable where myField1 = 'Hamburg'.
- Enter the primary key into the Cloud Connector configuration. Verify the
primary key. Your data source configuration is now completed.
Fig.: Sample ODBC configuration in the Layer2 Cloud Connector data source
- Create your data destination list
and fields manually. Take care about data types. The Cloud Connector will cast
data types as good as possible.
- Configure your data destination as the second data entity. In case it is a
SharePoint list, see here for further specifications.
- Goto the Mapping section of the Cloud Connector. You can use Auto-Mapping in
case of field names are identical in source and destination or map manually.
Please note that you should map some name-type field to the SharePoint Title
field as a best practice. Verify mapping.
- Return to the connection settings, verify direction (left to right, right to
left or bi-directional).
- Click "Run Now" for first synchronization. Take care of warnings or other
issues and improve connection, if possible. First sync can take time, e.g. for
thousends of data items (approximately 0,5 seconds per item - depending on
- After first sync press "Run Now" again. In case your primary key works as
expected, no changes should be processed and the sync should be very fast.
Fig.: Sample first run to sync
Filemaker ODBC data source with Office 365.