Integrate Your MongoDB Data with MS Access

Integrate Your MongoDB Data with MS Access

Posted on September 30, 2015 0 Comments

Upgrading your data organization doesn’t have to mean ditching beloved tools. Idaliz Baez walks you through integrating MongoDB with MS Access.

With so much hype around Big Data and many organizations migrating or adding Big Data sources into their organizations, it's important to think about how these new sources will integrate with your already implemented and beloved business tools like Microsoft Access.

Luckily, Microsoft Access supports ODBC, so it’s incredibly easy to use ODBC data connectors like those provided by Progress® DataDirect® to access Big Data sources like MongoDB.

Today, I’m going to take you through a step-by-step walkthrough of how DataDirect for ODBC can help you to easily integrate your MongoDB Data with MS Access. While the focus is on MongoDB here, this these same steps apply to any of the data sources on our ever-expanding list of ODBC/JDBC support.

MongoDB integration with MS Access

  1. Determine whether your MS Access is 32bit or 64bit, and download the corresponding free 15 day trial of the DataDirect for MongoDB ODBC driver
  2. Navigate to the Progress DataDirect for ODBC Installation directory and click on the ODBC Administrator
  3. Click on User or System DSN and click Add

    Click on User or System DSN and click Add

  4. Select DataDirect 8.0 MongoDB
  5. Configure the Data Sources by filling out a Data Source Name, the Host Name, Port Number, and which Database within MongoDB you want to connect to (you may chose to leave this blank if you prefer). The Schema Definition Path will automatically generate for you, but feel free to click on the Browse button in order to change the location of the schema or rename it.

    Schema Tool Note: The DataDirect MongoDB 8.0 driver will automatically generate a schema for you without you having to open up the Schema Tool!
    Configure the Data Sources

  6. Click on the Advanced tab and enter the following property into the Extended Options field: WorkArounds=16777216;WorkArounds2=8192
    Change the advanced settings 
  7. Click on Test Connect and ensure that your connection is established.
  8. Launch MS Access
  9. Select 'Blank database'
    Select ‘Blank Database’ 
  10. Click on the External Data tab and click on the ODBC Database button
    Click on the ‘ODBC Database’ button 
  11. Select Import
    Select Import 
  12. Select Machine Data Source and choose your MongoDB DSN
    Choose your MongoDB DSN 
  13. Provide Logon information
    Provide Logon information 
  14. Select the MongoDB tables you want in MS Access and click OK
    Select the MongoDB tables you want  
  15. You can now see your selected tables in MS Access
    See your selected tables in MS Access

Your turn

At this point, you should have access to all your MongoDB data from the familiar interface of MS Access, and you’ve done it with the proven performance of Progress DataDirect. If that’s not true—what are you waiting for? Head to our website to see the full suite of DataDirect connectors and start integrating!

For any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to reach out or leave a comment below! 

Idaliz Baez

Idaliz is a Sales Engineer with Progress. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Idaliz Baez spent a year at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center gaining on-the-job experience before returning to Duke in pursuit of her Masters of Engineering Management degree. 


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