The Dashboard Designer provides the capability to connect to multiple types of SQL databases using the Data Source wizard. You can also use data access API to connect to the database and select the required data in code.
This tutorial describes how to establish a connection to a Microsoft Access database (97-2003) and select the required data.
The appropriate data provider must be installed on the client machine. For information on data providers, refer to the Supported Data Sources article.
Creating a Data Source in the Data Source Wizard
To connect to the MS Access database in the Dashboard Designer, do the following steps.
Click the New Data Source button in the Data Source ribbon tab.
On the first page of the invoked Data Source Wizard dialog, select Database and click Next.
On the next page, select the Microsoft Access 97 data provider and specify the required connection parameters.
Specifies the path to the database that contains the required data. To locate the database, click the ellipsis button next to the Database field.
Specifies the user name used to connect to the MS Access database.
Specifies the password used to connect to the MS Access database.
After you have specified the required connection parameters, click Next and specify how to select data from the database.
Run the Query Builder by clicking the Run Query Builder... button. The Query Builder allows you to choose the required tables/columns visually and passes the resulting SQL query to the SQL String editor. After you constructed the query in the Query Builder, the text of the generated query will be passed to the Data Source wizard.
Click Finish to create the data source.
If you applied filtering to this query and created the query parameter, you can click Next to specify the settings of the query parameter.