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Managing Connection Objects

Managing Connection Objects

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Managing Connection Objects
By PenchalaRaju.Yanamala
Managing Connection Objects Overview
Before using the Workflow Manager to create workflows and sessions, you mustconfigure connections in the Workflow Manager.You can configure the following connection information in the Workflow Manager:
Create relational database connections.
Create connections to each source,target, Lookup transformation, and Stored Procedure transformation database.You must create connections to a database before you can create a sessionthat accesses the database. For more information, seeRelational DatabaseConnections.
Create FTP connections.
Create a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) connectionobject in the Workflow Manager and configure the connection properties. For more information, see FTP Connections.
Create external loader connections.
Create an external loader connection toload information directly from a file or pipe rather than running the SQLcommands to insert the same data into the database. For more information, seeExternal Loader Connections.
Create queue connections.
Create database connections for messagequeues. For more information, seePowerExchange for WebSphere MQConnectionsand PowerExchange for MSMQ Connections. Create source and target application connections.
Create connections tosource and target applications. When you create or modify a sessionthat reads from or writes to an application, you can select configuredsource and target application connections. When you create aconnection, the connection properties you need depends on theapplication. For more information, Working with Connection Objects
A connection object is a global object that defines a connection in therepository. You create and modify connection objects in the Workflow Manager.When you create a connection object, you define values for the connectionproperties. The properties vary depending on the type of connection you create.You can create, edit, and delete connection objects. You can also assignpermissions to connection objects. For relational database connections, you
can also copy and replace connection objects.
Connection Object Code Pages
Code pages must be compatible for accurate data movement. You must selecta code page for most types of connection objects. The code page of adatabase connection must be compatible with the database client code page. If the code pages are not compatible, sessions may hang, data may becomeinconsistent, or you might receive a database error, such as:ORA-00911: Invalid character specified.The Workflow Manager filters the list of code pages for connections to ensurethat the code page for the connection is a subset of the code page for therepository. It lists the five code pages you have most recently selected. Then itlists all remaining code pages in alphabetical order.If you configure the Integration Service for data code page validation, theIntegration Service enforces code page compatibility at session runtime. TheIntegration Service ensures that the target database code page is a superset of the source database code page.When you change the code page in a connection object, you must choose onethat is compatible with the previous code page. If the code pages areincompatible, the Workflow Manager invalidates all sessions using thatconnection.If you configure the PowerCenter Client and Integration Service for relaxedcode page validation, you can select any supported code page for source andtarget connections. If you are familiar with the data and are confident that it willconvert safely from one code page to another, you can run sessions withincompatible source and target data code pages. It is your responsibility toensure your data will convert properly.
Creating Connection Objects
You use the Connection Browser to create connection objects. Open theConnection Browser dialog box for the connection object. For example, clickConnections > Relational to open the Connection Browser dialog box for arelational database connection.To create a connection object:
In the Workflow Manager, click Connections and select the type of connectionyou want to create.Select one of the following connection types:
For information about creating relational database connections,seeRelational Database Connectionsor PowerExchange Interfaces for PowerCenter.
. For information about creating FTP connections, seeFTP Connections.
For information about creating loader connections, seeExternalLoader Connections.
For information about creating queue connections, see
For information about creating application connections, see theappropriate PowerExchange application section in this chapter or PowerExchange Interfaces for PowerCenter.The Connection Browser dialog box appears, listing all the source and targetconnections available for the selected connection type.
Click New.If you selected FTP as the connection type, the Connection Object dialog boxappears. Go to step5.If you selected Relational, Queue, Application, or Loader connection type, theSelect Subtype dialog box appears.
In the Select Subtype dialog box, select the type of database connection youwant to create.
Click OK.
Enter the properties for the type of connection object you want to create.The Connection Object Definition dialog box displays different propertiesdepending on the type of connection object you create. For more informationabout connection object properties, see the section for each specific connectiontype in this chapter.
Click OK.The new database connection appears in the Connection Browser list.
To add more database connections, repeat steps3to6.
Click OK to save all changes.
Editing a Connection Object
You can change connection information at any time. If you edit a connectionobject used by a workflow, the Integration Service uses the updated connectioninformation the next time the workflow runs. You might use this functionalitywhen moving from test to production.To edit a connection object:
Open the Connection Browser dialog box for the connection object. For example, click Connections > Relational to open the Connection Browser dialog box for a relational database connection.
Click Edit.The Connection Object Definition dialog box appears.
Enter the values for the properties you want to modify.The connection properties vary depending on the type of connection you select.For more information about connection properties, see the section for eachspecific connection type in this chapter.
Click OK.
Deleting a Connection Object
When you delete a connection object, the Workflow Manager invalidates allsessions that use these connections. To make the sessions valid, you must editthem and replace the missing connections.To delete a connection object:

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