Database providers

When dealing with standard Microsoft data sources, NBi automatically creates the correct connections and commands objects to query these data sources. The choice performed by NBi to create an object or another is dependent of the connection string.

More precisely, NBi extract the information provider from the connection string and tries to match this information with a known provider and instantiate the corresponding objects. If no information is provided for the provider in the connection-string then objects from the System.Data.SqlClient namespace will be created. If the provider defined in the connection-string starts by msolap, the namespace Microsoft.AnalysisServices.AdomdClient will be chosen. For a provider starting by sqlncli or oledb then the namespace System.Data.OleDb will be the chosen.

If the attribute driver is specified, NBi will create an ODBC connection from the namespace System.Data.Odbc.

Register additional providers

Since version 1.11, it’s possible to register additional patterns to ensure that NBi correctly detects the provider specified in the connection-strings.

In the example here under, you’ll add the provider Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 and specify that this provider will be make usage of objects from the namespace System.Data.OleDb. To achieve this goal, you must edit the config file. Add an element providers under the element nbi in your config file. Then under this new element, you add and add element where you define the name of the provider (attribute id) and the corresponding namespace to use (attribute invariant-name).

<nbi testSuite="...">
    <add id="Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" invariant-name="System.Data.OleDb"/>

At this moment, the list of valid namespace is strictly limited to System.Data.OleDb, System.Data.SqlClient and Microsoft.AnalysisServices.AdomdClient. Future versions should enable more choice and offer the opportunity to extend this list by yourself.

If you’ve added this to your config file as soon as one of your connection-string is defined with the provider Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0, NBi will be able identify that this provider should use the System.Data.OleDb namespace.