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 database deployed on the Microsoft SQL Server 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 SQL 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 SQL Server data provider and specify the required connection parameters.
Specify the name of the MS SQL server to which the connection should be established.
Specify the authentication mode of the MS SQL Server. You can choose whether to use Windows authentication or Server authentication.
Specify the user name used to authenticate to the MS SQL server.
Specify the password used to authenticate to the MS SQL server.
Select the database that contains the required data.
After you have specified the required connection parameters, click Next and specify how to select data from the database.
Select the Query option and 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. Here you can customize this query or click Finish to create the data source.