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Create an Azure SQL database connection

To access your data stored on an Azure SQL database, you will need to know the server and database name that you want to connect to, and you must have access credentials. Once you have created a connection to an Azure SQL database, you can select data from the available tables and then load that data into your app or document.

In Qlik Sense, you connect to a Microsoft Azure database through the Add data dialog or the Data load editor.

In QlikView you connect to a Microsoft Azure database through the Edit Script dialog.

Setting up the database properties

Database properties that can be configured
Database property Description Required
Server Host name to identify the location of the Azure SQL database Yes
Port TCP server port for the Azure SQL database Yes
Database The name of the Azure SQL database Yes

Authenticating the driver

Information noteThe Azure SQL Database Connector does not support NTLM authentication. For that reason, the Windows integrated security option is not available.

You have the following options to authenticate the driver in Qlik Sense:

  • Azure SQL credentials

  • Azure OAuth

  • Azure Active Directory

Qlik Sense: Azure SQL credentials

Authentication properties that can be configured
Authentication property Description Required
Authentication mechanism Select SQL Server Authentication. Yes
User name User name for the Azure SQL connection. Yes
Password Password for the Azure SQL connection. Yes

Qlik Sense: Azure OAuth authentication

You can authenticate using OAuth 2.0. You need an authentication pin to authenticate via OAuth:

Do the following:

  1. Under Authentication, select Azure OAuth.

  2. Fill in Tenant ID, Client ID, and Client Secret.

  3. Click the Authenticate button in the Credentials section under Account properties. A new window opens.

  4. Copy the Authentication code. Go back to the connection creation dialog.

  5. Under Complete authentication with the PIN provided by the source, paste the authentication pin. Click Verify.

Information noteWhen using OAuth authentication, if you edit any of the connection properties after a connection has been authenticated, you must explicitly re-authenticate. This re-authentication will not be initiated automatically. If you do not re-authenticate in this situation, the connection will stop working.
Authentication properties that can be configured
Authentication property Description Required
Authentication Mechanism Select Azure OAuth. Yes
Tenant ID The Azure AD tenant to use for authentication. It is also referred to as the directory ID. Yes
Client ID The client ID when configuring the Azure AD OAuth authorization server. Yes
Client Secret The client secret when configuring the Azure AD OAuth authorization server. This needs to be inputted every time the connection needs to be re-authenticated. Yes

Qlik Sense: Azure Active Directory authentication

You can authenticate using Azure Active Directory.

Information noteAzure Active Directory requires a minimum .NET 6.0 installation.
Authentication properties that can be configured
Authentication property Description Required
Authentication mechanism Select Azure Active Directory. Yes
User name User name in Azure Active Directory. Yes
Password Password in Azure Active Directory. Yes

QlikView: Azure SQL authentication properties

Authentication properties that can be configured
Authentication property Description
Username User name for the Azure SQL connection.
Password Password for the Azure SQL connection.

Account properties

Credentials

Credentials are used to prove that a user is allowed to access the data in a connection.

There are two types of credentials that can be used when making a connection in Qlik Sense SaaS. If you leave the User defined credentials check box deselected, then only one set of credentials will be used for the connection. These credentials belong to the connection and will be used by anyone who can access it. For example, if the connection is in a shared space, every user in the space will be able to use these credentials. This one-to-one mapping is the default setting.

If you select User defined credentials, then every user who wants to access this connection will need to input their own credentials before selecting tables or loading data. These credentials belong to a user, not a connection. User defined credentials can be saved and used in multiple connections of the same connector type.

In the Data load editor, you can click the Primary key underneath the connection to edit your credentials. In the hub or Data manager, you can edit credentials by right-clicking on the connection and selecting Edit Credentials.

See which authentication type applies on each connector's page.

Account properties that can be configured
Account property Description
User defined credentials Select this check box if you want users that access this connection to have to input their own credentials. Deselect this check box if credentials can be shared with anyone who has access to this connection.
New credentials Drop-down menu item that appears if User defined credentials is selected.
Existing credentials Drop-down menu item that appears if User defined credentials is selected.
User User name for the connection.
Password Password for the connection.
Credentials name Name given to a set of user defined credentials.

Load optimization settings

Load properties that can be configured
Property Description Required
Max String Length

Maximum length of string fields. This can be set from 256 to 16384 characters. The default value is 4096. Setting this value close to the maximum length may improve load times, as it limits the need to allocate unnecessary resources. If a string is longer than the set value, it will be truncated, and the exceeding characters will not be loaded.

No

Advanced options

Information noteThis section is for advanced users who want to add their own custom connection parameters that are not displayed above.
Advanced options that can be configured
Property Description Required

Name

Name of the custom property. You can add additional properties by clicking the plus sign.

No
Value

Value of the property.

No
Information noteWhen you connect to an Azure SQL database with the Data load editor or the Edit Script dialog, Test Connection enables you to test the connection before you attempt to create it.

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