Office 365 & Azure Integration: How to connect a SQL Azure database table to native SharePoint lists in the cloud?
The Cloud Connector for Microsoft Office 365 and
SharePoint connects almost any on-premise data source, e.g. ODBC,
OLEDB, Microsoft .NET based providers, Files (Excel, XML, CSV), SQL databases
like SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB2, IBM AS/400, IBM Informix, Notes,
SharePoint, Exchange, Active Directory, Navision, SAP and many more directly to
native SharePoint lists in the Microsoft Cloud - or any other Microsoft
SharePoint installation - in just minutes without any programming. For any
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It's easy to connect a Windows Azure
database table to native SharePoint lists in Office 365, SharePoint Online or
any other SharePoint sandbox.
In our scenario we want to provide links to documents in Windows Azure in a
SharePoint link list in Office 365.
Steps to connect:
First you have to create the SQL Azure table like this:
Fig.: Creating a SQL Azure table to host the document link information.
As a next step you have to create a
Links list in your Office 365 or SharePoint Online. Use the Links template for
As a next step you can connect both data entities using the Cloud Connector
for one-way replication. You have to provide a connection definition similar to
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
interval="60" version="1.2" enabled="true">
selectStatement="Select *, docLink + ';#' + docName as SPURL
Catalog=AzureDocLinks; Authentication=Office365; User
entity="Office365Destination" name="URL" />
entity="Office365Destination" name="Notes" />
- The System.Data.SqlClient provider has to be installed on the server or
client computer, where the Cloud Connector runs.
- Please make shure that SQL Azure can be reached from the Cloud Connector
computer using it's ports 1433/1434. There are different ways to do this, e.g.
open in firewall, using a port bridge etc.
- The URL column of the "AzureDocLinks" Links list is of type URL. To provide
the link as usual with link url and link text you have to use the notation
"link;#text". That's why the SQL query creates a SPURL field during runtime. The
Azure SPURL field is mapped to the SharePoint URL column in the mapping section
of the connection definition file.
Fig.: The URL field in SharePoint consists of link and description.
- You need a primary key on the Azure
side. Here as a sample the URL itself is used, but you can use any other as
- In this sample the content is replicated one way only (Azure to O365) every
- SQL Azure data can be used with
Office 365, SharePoint Online or any other SharePoint in native SharePoint
- All SharePoint list features are available for SQL Azure data, e.g.
notifications and workflows on external data change (e.g. linked document
changes in this sample).
- You can use Azure to store documents that can be linked in Office 365,
SharePoint Online or any other SharePoint.
- More general benefits see the Cloud Connector product page.
In this sample an
unidirectional connection is used. Generally SQL Azure tables can be connected
bi-directional to native SharePoint lists as well.