To create an SQL datasource by entering database connection information.
Click the Data Sources button on the AutoTag Manager ribbon. This will open theConnection Editor window.
Select your data vendor here. For this example, we'll be using a Microsoft SQL Server, which is listed as "SqlServer Database." Take a look at the other options to find your data vendor's name.
For this example, we'll be using "mssql.windward.net"
If your database requires it, enter your credentials in the "Credentials" section, or select "Use Windows Identity." For Windward's sample databases, the username and password are both "demo"
Type in (or select) the name of your database in the "Database" field. If the server address given in step 4 was correct, the database should be listed in the dropdown box. If you have been following along with the example information given, select the database "Northwind."
Give your datasource a name in the name bar at the top of the window. This is to identify it later on when putting data in a template, or in case you want to use the datasource in future templates.
Click "Test" to test the connection. This will verify that the information you have entered is correct.
Your database will now be listed under “Active” in the connections tab. Click "OK" to finish. Any errors will appear at the bottom in red.
After adding a datasource and closing out of the Connection Editor, the data bin will automatically open. Look at the information listed in the data bin to verify your data is there. In addition, the status icon on the “Data Sources” button will turn green if all your datasources are connected correctly!
You have completed this tutorial. We recommend taking a look at the Inserting a Tag tutorial next!