Using the Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager

The Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager is an SSIS connection manager that can be used to establish connections with Amazon DynamoDB.

To add a new connection, right-click the Connection Manager area in your Visual Studio project, and choose "New Connection..." from the context menu. You will be prompted the "Add SSIS Connection Manager" window. Select the "Amazon DynamoDB (KingswaySoft)" item to add a new Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager.

New SSIS Connection

Add SSIS DynamoDB Connection

The Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager contains the following 3 pages of configuration.

  • General
  • Advanced Settings
  • Proxy Settings

General page

The General page allows you to specify connection properties and login credentials to Amazon DynamoDB.

SSIS DynamoDB Connection Manager

AWS Regions
The AWS Regions drop-down displays a list of region which allows you to pick the endpoint based on your region.
Service URL
The Service URL option can be enabled when the <Local Installation> is selected. This allows you to type in the Service URL of your local DynamoDB database.
Access Key
The Access Key option is used to specify the Access Key that you have requested from Amazon DynamoDB.  To find your Access Key follow these instructions:
  1. Sign in to the IAM console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/.
  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.
  3. Choose the name of the desired user, and then choose the Security Credentials tab. The user’s keys and the status of each key is displayed.
Secret Key
The Secret Key option is used to specify the Secret Key that you have requested from Amazon DynamoDB. Note that the secret key can only be retrieved when creating the key, which means if you forget the secret key you can only create a new access key in Amazon DynamoDB. To create a user’s access key follow these instructions:
  1. Sign in to the IAM console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/.
  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.
  3. Choose the name of the desired user, and then choose the Security Credentials tab.
  4. Choose Create Access Key and then choose Download Credentials to save the access key ID and secret key to a CSV file on your computer.
Using Temporary Token
Check the Using Temporary Token option to enable the Session Token option.
Session Token
The Session Token option allows you to specify a temporary security token, known as temporary security credentials.

Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings page of Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager allows you specify some advanced settings of the connection.

SSIS DynamoDB Connection Manager - Advanced Settings

Connection Timeout (secs)
The Connection Timeout option allows you to specify the number of seconds for the request timeout values. The default value is 30 seconds.
Read/Write Timeout (secs)
The Read/Write Timeout option allows you to specify the number of seconds for the socket read/write timeout values. The default value is 60 seconds.
Max Error Retry Count
The Max Error Retry Count option allows you to specify the number of retires at service client level. By setting this property, the component will retry the operation the specified number of times before failing and throwing an exception. The default value is 3.

Proxy Settings

The Proxy Settings page of Amazon DynamoDB Connection Manager allows you to specify how you want to configure the proxy server.

SSIS DynamoDB Connection Manager - Proxy Settings

Proxy Mode
Proxy Mode option allows to specify how you want to configure the proxy server setting. There are three options available.
  • No Proxy
  • Auto-detect (Using system configured proxy)
  • Manual
Proxy Server
Using the Proxy Server option, you can provide a proxy server to connect to Amazon DynamoDB.
Port
The Port option allows you to specify port number of the proxy server for the connection.
Username
The Username option allows you to specify the proxy user account.
Password
The Password option allows you to specify the proxy user’s password.

Note: Proxy Password is not included in the Amazon DynamoDB connection manager’s ConnectionString property by default. This is done by design for security reasons. However you can include it in your ConnectionString if you want to parameterize your connection manager. The format would be ProxyPassword=myProxyPassword; (make sure you have a semicolon as the last character). It can be anywhere in the ConnectionString.