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  1. Preface
  2. Introduction to TDM Administration
  3. User and Role Administration
  4. Security Administration
  5. System Preferences
  6. TDM Server Administration
  7. Connections
  8. Dictionaries
  9. User-Defined Datatypes

Microsoft SQL Server Connections

Microsoft SQL Server Connections

You can create a Microsoft SQL Server connection in Test Data Manager to perform data discovery, data subset, and data masking operations.
The following table describes the database connection properties for a Microsoft SQL Server database:
Property
Description
Name
Required. Name of the connection. The name is not case sensitive and must be unique within the domain. It cannot exceed 128 characters, start with a number, contain spaces, or contain the following special characters:
~ ` ! $ % ^ & * ( ) - + = { [ } ] | \ : ; " ' < , > . ? /
Connection Type
Required. The connection type. Select Microsoft SQL Server.
Description
The description of the connection. The description cannot exceed 255 characters.
Use Kerberos Authentication
Enables Kerberos Authentication. You cannot enter a user name and password if you select this check box.
User Name
Required. The database user name.
Use Parameter in Password
Indicates the password for the database user name is a session parameter. $Param
Name
. Define the password in the workflow or session parameter file, and encrypt it using the
pmpasswd
CRYPT_DATA option.
Used for data subset and data masking operations. Default is disabled.
Password
Required. The password for the database user name.
Owner
The owner of the connection. Default is the user who creates the connection. You can change the owner of the connection.
Metadata Connection String
Required. The JDBC connection URL used to access metadata from the database. Enter jdbc:informatica:sqlserver://<hostname>:1433;SelectMethod=cursor;databaseName=<dbname>.
Used for data discovery operations.
JDBC Login Password
Required if Use Parameter in Password is selected. The password for the JDBC user.
Used for import from source and data discovery operations.
Code Page
Code page the Integration Service uses to read from a source database or write to a target database or file.
Used for all operations.
Data Access Connection String
The connection string used to access data from the database. Enter <servername@dbname>.
Used for all operations.
Environment SQL
SQL commands to set the database environment when you connect to the database. The PowerCenter Integration Service runs the connection environment SQL each time it connects to the database.
Used for all operations.
Transaction SQL
SQL commands to set the database environment when you connect to the database. The PowerCenter Integration Service runs the transaction environment SQL at the beginning of each transaction.
Used for all operations.
Connection Retry Period
Number of seconds the Integration Service attempts to reconnect to the database if the connection fails. If the Integration Service cannot connect to the database in the retry period, the operation fails.
Used for all operations. Default is 0.
Domain Name
The name of the domain.
Used for all operations.
Owner Name
The name of the owner of the schema.
Schema Name
The name of the schema in the database.
Required in the following cases:
  • For the profiling warehouse and staging database if the schema name is different than the database user name
  • When you want to create and run a column profile
Used for all operations.
Pass Through Security Enabled
Enables pass-through security for the connection. When you enable pass-through security for a connection, the domain uses the client user name and password to log into the corresponding database, instead of the credentials defined in the connection object.
Used for data discovery operations. Default is disabled.
Use Trusted Connection
The Data Integration Service uses Windows authentication to access the Microsoft SQL Server database. The user name that starts the Data Integration Service must be a valid Windows user with access to the Microsoft SQL Server database.
Database Name
Required. Name of the database. If you do not enter a database name, connection-related messages do not show a database name when the default database is used.
Used for all operations.
Server Name
Required. Database server name.
Used for data subset and data masking operations.
Packet Size
Packet size for the transmission of data. Used to optimize the native Microsoft SQL Server drivers.
Used for all operations. Default is 0.