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Toad for SAP Solutions 4.0 - Installation Guide

Configure DB2 LDAP Support

You can create DB2 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) connections when the DB2 client installed with Toad is configured for LDAP. Configuring the client consists of enabling LDAP support and specifying the host name and port number of the LDAP server. Once the client is configured, Toad retrieves names from your LDAP server and displays them in the Database Alias list in the Connections window.

Notes:

  • You must configure LDAP support for the DB2 client installed with Toad regardless of whether an existing DB2 client on the computer is already configured to support LDAP.

  • Currently, Toad for DB2 supports only the access of DB2 LDAP catalog entries. Toad does not support the management of these entries.

To configure the DB2 client for LDAP

  1. Open the Command Window for the DB2 client installed with Toad by selecting Start | All Programs | IBM DB2 | <ToadCom, ToadEval, or ToadFree> | Command Line Tools | Command Window.

  2. Enter the following command to enable LDAP support:

    db2set DB2_ENABLE_LDAP=YES

  1. Enter the following command to specify the TCP/IP host name and port number of the LDAP server:

    db2set DB2LDAPHOST=<hostname[:port]>

    The port number defaults to 389 (default LDAP port) if you leave the port number blank.  

  1. Exit the Command window.

  2. Launch Toad and open the Connections window.

    Databases on the LDAP server should be available from the Database alias drop-down list in the Connections window. To complete the Toad connection setup, you must create a Toad connection profile for each database. See Create Toad Connection Profiles for DB2 for more information.

 

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Create DB2 Connections

Create DB2 Connections

Setting up connections to the DB2 for LUW databases and DB2 for z/OS subsystems that Toad will manage requires two steps.

Step 1. Configure DB2 client connections - If you use a DB2 client each of the databases or subsystems must be cataloged on the client. See Configure DB2 Client Connections to learn how to catalog databases/subsystems.

Step 2. Create connection profiles - Step 2 involves creating Toad connection profiles for DB2 databases or subsystems that were either cataloged in the DB2 client or imported from your Data Server Driver configuration file. Each profile contains the information that Toad needs to connect to the system, such as the user ID and password, DB2 registry settings, and the default schema. If you use IBM DSD environment you can import your connection profile from a Data Server Driver configuration file.

Note: The default location of your Data Server Driver configuration file is in ...Program Data\IBM\DB2\IBMDBCL1\cfg. The default config filename is db2dsdriver.cfg.

Note: When you connect using IBM Data Server Driver the Database button and the toolbar option in Tools | LUW Database Options will not be available.

Connection Using a Custom Connection String

You can also connect to your DB2 database/subsystem using a custom connection string.

  • Select Connect Using | Connection String in Connection Properties
  • Enter Database alias, Host name, Login, and Password and the connection string will be automatically updated according to what you enter
  • You can save a connection created using a custom connection string in your Connection Manager

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Create Connection Profiles

Use one of the following methods to create Toad connection profiles:

Manage Connections

After you have completed both phases for configuring Toad connections to DB2 databases or subsystems, the Connections window lists all the configured connections, allowing you to perform the following:

  • Connect to and manage a DB2 database or subsystem through Toad

  • Troubleshoot connection issues

Note: Click to open the Client Configuration Wizard. See Configure DB2 Client Connections for more information.

Tip: Connections are stored in the connections.xml file and can be found by clicking the Application Data Directory link in Help | About.

 

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Understand Toad Connections

Switching Connections in Toad

Create Excel Connections

Connecting to an Excel file is easy. To create the connection, simply open the Excel file from the Create New Connection dialog .

To create an Excel connection

  1. Click on the Navigation or Connection Manager toolbar.

  2. Select Excel from the Group list.

  3. Browse to and select the Excel file.
  4. Complete the Create New Connection dialog. Review the following for additional information:

    General Tab Description

    Category

    Select a category if you want to color code your connection.

    Tip: The color is applied in the Connection Manager and other connection dialogs. You can also create a new category for your connection. See Set Connection Categories for more information.

    Advanced Tab Description

    Enable import mode

    Select this checkbox to set IMEX=1 in the connection string, which converts intermixed data to text.

    Show system tables

    Select to display worksheets as system tables. Toad uses the worksheet name suffixed with a dollar sign ($).

    Automatically create ranges

    Select this option if you want Toad to automatically create named ranges. Toad creates one named range in each worksheet (unless the Toad name, AutoRange_<worksheet name>, already exists).

    Note: Toad does not overwrite the user defined named ranges. The Toad-created named ranges and the user defined named ranges are both visible in the Object Explorer after connecting.

    Deselect this option if the Excel file contains user defined named ranges and you do not want Toad to create additional named ranges.

    Important: If you deselect this option, and your Excel file does not contain named ranges, Toad is unable to create tables from your data.

    The feature is selected by default.

    Hide named ranges

    Select the named ranges to hide.

    Note: Named ranges are not displayed until after a connection is created (in the Connections or Connection Properties dialog). In Excel 2007 files, named ranges are not displayed for active connections.

    Open in Excel

    Click to open the selected file in Excel. This is useful if you want to modify your file or define named ranges before connecting.
  1. Click Connect to connect immediately while saving the connection information. Optionally, click Save to save the connection without connecting.

Understand how Toad creates data tables from an Excel file

Toad uses Excel named ranges (regions) to define the data to include in a table. Therefore, any data that you want to display and easily query in Toad must be included in an Excel named range (region).

You can create named ranges using one of the following methods:

  • Preferred method: You can ask Toad to automatically create named ranges when you create the connection to the Excel file. Toad creates one table from each worksheet and includes the contents of every formatted cell.
  • If you do not want to include a worksheet's entire contents in one named range, or if a worksheet contains more than one table, then define the named ranges ahead of time in Excel.

To create a named range in Excel

  1. In the Excel file, select the data that you want to include in the table (including column headings). Then define a named range.

    » In Excel 2003, select Insert | Name | Define.
    » In Excel 2007, right-click the data and select Name a Range.
  2. Save your Excel file. In Toad, create a new connection to the file. In the New Connection dialog, deselect Automatically create ranges.

To allow Toad to automatically create named ranges

» When creating a new connection to the Excel file, in the New Connection dialog, select Automatically create ranges. Toad creates one named range for each worksheet and includes the contents of every formatted cell.

Tip: For an Excel file with an existing connection, in the Navigation Manger, right-click the file and select Properties. On the Advanced tab, select Automatically create ranges. Toad creates the named ranges the next time you reconnect to this file.

To hide named ranges

You can hide an Excel file's named ranges so that they do not display as tables in the Object Explorer.

  1. In the Navigation Manager, right-click an Excel file connection and select Properties.

    Note: In Excel 2007 files, the connection must be inactive for the named ranges to display.

  2. On the Advanced tab, select the named ranges to hide.

To view or modify connection properties

To view an Excel connection's properties, do one of the following:

  • Right-click an Excel file connection in the Navigation or Connection Manager and select Properties.
  • Select on the Connections toolbar to open the Connections dialog. Select the Excel file connection in the left pane to view the connection properties in the right pane.

Considerations and Limitations

Consideration/Limitation Description

Excel 2016 64-bit or

Office 365 64-bit

To successfully create a connection to an Excel file using Excel 2016 64-bit, the Microsoft Access Database Engine is required and might not have been included in the Excel installation. In addition, the architecture (bitness) of the engine must match the bitness of Toad.

If using 64-bit Toad, the 64-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine is required.

If using 32-bit Toad, the 32-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine is required.

  1. You can download the 64-bit or 32-bit Microsoft Access Database Engine components at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255.
  2. Be sure to select the appropriate version (64-bit or 32-bit) of the AccessDatabaseEngine.exe installer to match the bitness of Toad.

Note: This requirement applies only to connections to Excel, not to the Toad functionality of importing/exporting to Excel.

Troubleshoot Excel

To troubleshoot Excel issues, see the following:

Tip: Connections are stored in the connections.xml file and can be found by clicking the Application Data Directory link in Help | About.

 

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Understand Toad Connections

Switching Connections in Toad

Create Google Analytics Connections

Toad allows you to create connections to your Google Analytics data. A connection in Toad allows you to access the Google Analytics accounts and data that are available to you from your Google user account.

If you have multiple Google user accounts, you can create a separate Google Analytics connection in Toad for each account. For an explanation of Google accounts, see the following: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsAccounts

After creating a connection, see About Google Analytics Data Sources for more information about working with this data source.

Note: This feature is available in the Toad for SAP Solutions Professional Edition only.

About Google Analytics Connections

When you create a Google Analytics connection in Toad, you log in to Google using your Google account. During the connection creation process, you also grant Toad access to the Google Analytics data accessible from that Google account.

Toad provides you with an interface to the Google log-in and authorization pages and displays these pages within the Create New Connection (and Connection Properties) dialog. The Google pages displayed are independent of Toad. The log-in process is the same as you normally encounter with your other Web-based Google log-in procedures. The only difference is that by creating a connection in Toad, you are giving Toad permission to access your Google Analytics data. This is accomplished when you click Accept in the Google authorization page.

To create a Google Analytics connection

  1. Click on the Connections toolbar (ALT+F+N).
  2. In the Group list, select Google Analytics. The Google log-in page immediately displays within the Create New Connection dialog.
  3. Enter the credentials (email address and password) for your Google account and click Sign in.

    Note: If you have multiple Google accounts and have previously logged in to Google (or connected through Toad), the Google log-in page may display the last Google account used. To specify a different Google account for the new connection, use the Google links/menu to select another account.

  4. (optional) You can enter a name for your new account and select a category. You can also make these modifications later using the Connection Properties dialog.
  5. In the Google authorization page that displays, click Accept to allow Toad access to your Google Analytics data. Toad then attempts to establish a connection to Google Analytics. If the connection is successful, the Create New Connection dialog closes.

  6. Upon creating an initial connection, Toad automatically maps the data source objects. This process runs in the background, and until it is finished, you may experience a delay when attempting to access these objects.

Reauthorizing a Connection

If you encounter an error message when attempting to connect using your Google Analytics connection, Toad's authorization (access) to the Google account for that connection may have been lost. Use the following procedure to re-establish authorization for the connection.

You can also use this procedure to specify a different Google log-in account for a connection.

To Reauthorize

  1. In the Navigation Manager, disconnect from the connection. You must disconnect before you can re-authorize.
  2. After disconnecting, right-click the connection and select Properties.
  3. In the Connection Properties dialog, click Reauthorize.
    • If you are no longer logged in to Google, the Google log-in page displays.
      • To reauthorize using the same Google account, re-enter your Google account credentials and click Sign-in. Then click Accept on the authorization page.
      • To specify a different Google account for this connection, use the Google links to switch the account just as you normally would in the Google Web site. Once you specify a different account, this is the Google account associated with this connection in Toad. Click Sign-in. Then click Accept on the authorization page.
    • If you are still logged in to Google, the Google page for granting Toad access to your Google Analytics data displays.
      • To reauthorize using the same Google account, click Accept.
      • To specify a different Google account for this connection, use the Google menu or links to switch the Google account just as you normally would in the Google Web site. Once you specify a different account, this is the Google account associated with this connection in Toad. Click Sign-in. Then click Accept on the authorization page.

Notes:

  • The instructions provided here are based on the Google Website's workflow for the account log-in and the application authorization procedures that were in place at the time of this Toad for SAP Solutions release.
  • See Set Connection Categories for more information about creating connection categories.
  • You can specify a proxy server to use for Business Intelligence and NoSQL connections at Tools | Options | Database | Data Services.

  

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