Master Data Management

DRM – External Connections

DRM External Connections:

A new feature for the 11.1.2 release in DRM is External Connections.

External Connections are used to access server file locations, FTP locations, and database tables.

We can create and apply default connections and we can apply connections individually. After We create a file connection, it can be referenced by any object that requires a file connection.

We have three built-in providers: Oracle, SQL Server, and OLEDB.

Data can be imported or exported by creating External Connections. We can use three instances to create External Connections in DRM.

  • Client File.
  • Server File.
  • Database


Server File


For Connection Type, select Server File.

Enter the UNC path to the server file.UNC (Universal Naming Convention) is a standard for identifying servers, printers and other resources in a network, which originated in the UNIX community. A UNC path uses double slashes or backslashes to precede the name of the computer. (Example:-C: \Newfolder\Data).

In UNC path we define the Server path where we want to Export the file or From Where we want to import the file.

Click Test connection icon to test the server connection. Click OK.



We need to configure the Database External Connections Tab. Below is the sample file


External connections to relational databases can be used to import and Export data from database tables into Data Relationship Management. An import profile can source data from tables in a single database. Each section of an import profile can be mapped to a single database table. A query filter can be configured to import a subset of data from the source database tables.

Sample Database Table:



Sample Import Profile:


About how to select Source to import data from Database into DRM.

Setting up import wizard to Importing Data From Database :

   Import files are organised into sections and columns. We are having five sections in import profile Version, Hierarchy, Node, Relationship and Hierarchy Node. We can create imports in the import wizard, which consist of source, style, columns, filters, target tabs. We can start the import wizard in the import task group.

For Importing the data from database we have to configure all these tabs in import wizard, In source we have to select device as Database and select the sections which we want to import. Configure columns tab by mapping each column in import profile in DRM with Database table Columns (the number and order of the columns must match). To import data from Database we have to configure an additional option that is Database options in columns tab. In target tab give version name you want to create and description.

Setting up Source tab: Set up a DRM import that loads the tables. We will need to set up an external connection to point to the tables. Once We have selected the external connection, We will see that the import tabs change, a little bit. Each source object will need to point to a table that associates to that section. set up the sections by pointing to the right source tables:

Sample Source tab:



Setting up a columns tab:

     Configure the columns according to the sections map each column in import profile in DRM with Database table Columns (the number and order of the columns must match).After setting up the appropriate properties for the import sections, We will notice that there is a new section in the Columns tab, called Database Options:


On this tab, you will be able to set up the property to source column relationships.




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