Setup a REST SuiteCRM Connection Manager

The REST Connection Manager is an SSIS connection manager component used to establish connections with SuiteCRM REST service to help facilitate SuiteCRM data integration through SuiteCRM API version 8.

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

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

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

SSIS SuiteCRM Connection Manager

Service Name

The REST service that will be connected to.

Base URL

The Base URL of the SuiteCRM service, which is the site URL of SuiteCRM system.

Authentication Mode

There are two types of Authentication Modes to choose from in SuiteCRM.

  • Client Credentials
  • Password

Client ID (For Client Credentials and Password mode)

The Client ID that is generated from SuiteCRM authentication setup.

Client Secret (For Client Credentials and Password mode)

The Client secret that is used for authentication.

Username (For Password mode)

The username to access the instance

Password (For Password mode)

The password to access the instance

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

SSIS SuiteCRM Connection Manager - Advanced 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 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 requests 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 SuiteCRM 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.