Setup a REST Facebook Business Connection Manager

The REST Connection Manager is an SSIS connection manager component that can be used to establish connections with Facebook Business REST service to help facilitate data integration for Facebook Business.

See Facebook Business REST Source Component for how to retrieve data from Facebook Business & Facebook Business REST Destination Component for how to write to Facebook Business.

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 "REST (KingswaySoft)" item to add a new REST Connection Manager.

New SSIS Connection

Add SSIS REST Connection Manager

The REST Connection Manager contains 2 pages of configuration.

  • General
  • Advanced Settings

General page

The General page allows you to specify connection properties and login credentials for Facebook Business REST service:

SSIS REST Facebook Business Connection Manager

Service Name

The REST service that will be connected to.

API Throttle Rate

The API Throttling Rate will limit the number of requests that can be sent per second.

Use Appsecret Proof

This option allows you to send a sha256 hash of your access token which would make the calls being sent better secured.

App Provided by KingswaySoft

This option allows you to use the Client Id and Secret that is provided by KingswaySoft for your convenience when setting up the connection.

Warning: By default you are using the Facebook Business authorization information (Client Id and Client Secret) provided by KingswaySoft, which is provided for your convenience when setting up the connection, and it should NEVER be used for production purpose. To obtain your own Facebook Business API authorization credentials for production use, please follow the instructions at the link below to create your own application registration with Facebook: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/marketing-api/access/ .

My Own App

This option allows you to specify your own application registration with Facebook Business.

App Id

The App Id option allows you to specify the unique ID which identifies the application making the request.

App Secret

The App Secret option allows you to specify the App secret belonging to your Facebook Business app.

Redirect Url

The Redirect Url option allows you to specify the Redirect Url to complete the authentication process.

Scopes

The Scopes parameter indicates the level of permissions that you'd like your app to be able to access.

Sign in using default web browser

When this option is checked the Generate Token File button will open your default web browser in order to complete the OAuth authentication.

When this option is unchecked, the Generate Token File button will complete the entire OAuth authentication process inside of the toolkit.

Generate Token File

This button allows you to login to the service endpoint and authorize your app to generate a token.

Path To Token File

The path to the token file on the file system.

Token File Password

The password to the token file.

Test Connection

After all the connection information has been provided, you may click the "Test Connection" button to test if the user credentials entered can connect to the selected REST service.

Advanced Settings page

REST Connection Manager - Advanced

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 Proxy Server option allows you to specify the name of the proxy server for the connection.

Port

The Port option allows you to specify the port number of the proxy server for the connection.

Username (Proxy Server Authentication)

Username option (under Proxy Server Authentication) allows you to specify the proxy user account.

Password (Proxy Server Authentication)

Password option (under Proxy Server Authentication) allows you to specify the proxy user's password.

Note: The Proxy Password is not included in the connection manager's ConnectionString property by default. This is 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.

Timeout

The number of seconds a request should wait before timing out.

Retry on Intermittent Errors

The retry on intermittent errors option determines if requests will be retried when there is an error. If this option is checked requests will be retried up to 3 times.

Ignore Certificate Errors

This option can be used to ignore those SSL certificate errors when connecting to Facebook Business servers.

Warning: Enabling "Ignore Certificate Errors" option is generally NOT recommended, particularly for production instance. Unless there is a strong reason to believe the connection is secure - such as the network communication is only happening in an internal infrastructure, this option should be unchecked for best security.