Overview: Query Builder for Microsoft SQL Server
How to access the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL
Navigate to Data Manager > Query Builder to access the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL. Click the green + Create Custom Metric button and select your connected Microsoft SQL Data Source from the Data Source drop-down list.
Query Builder is available in Plus and Business Accounts. Agency Basic Accounts have access to Query Builder in the Agency Account only. Request a trial of Query Builder by following
How to use the Query Builder for Microsoft SQL
- Daily Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric reflects the most up-to-date Daily Value for the Metric. In Databox, the latest daily entry will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
- Total Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric reflects the current total Value for the Metric. In Databox, the latest entry will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
For longer Date Ranges, data will be not aggregated and the most recent Value will be displayed for the selected Date Range. This is the main difference between "Total Values" and "Daily Values."
- Event Values: This Data Type should be selected when your Metric Value selection reflects individual Value(s) for the Metric at the specified Date/ Timestamp. This Data Type is the default selection because it is appropriate for the majority of use cases.
For longer Date Ranges, individual Metric Values will be aggregated for the entire Date Range and the aggregated Value will be displayed for the Custom Metric.
How to create a Custom Microsoft SQL Metric [Example]
The Query Builder for Microsoft SQL is designed so you can directly enter SQL queries. For our example, we will create a Custom Metric that returns a list of Product Names and their associated Order Quantities.
SELECT TOP 20 p.ModifiedDate AS date, p.Name, sd.OrderQty FROM Sales.SalesOrderDetail sd INNER JOIN Production.Product p ON sd.ProductID = p.ProductID ORDER BY sd.OrderQty DESC
If you don’t see any data, double check your query and try it directly in your Database. If no results are displayed there, an error exists in your query. You should also check to confirm that the Microsoft SQL user has the necessary permissions to access the Database from Databox's public IP.
How to add a Custom Microsoft SQL Metric to a Databoard
Learn how to add a Custom Metric to a Databoard here.
- The query must limit the query result to a maximum of 1000 rows. LIMIT the query if you’re not sure if you will exceed this number.
- The query must contain a column named “data” (using AS when SELECT-ing data is perfectly acceptable)
- One column must contain the Date value. You can cast any column to name “date” using the “AS” SQL syntax
- One column should always contain the Metric Value
- Make sure your Firewall is open to Databox's public IP and your Port is correctly forwarded to the server