Querying the Reporting Database with SSMS

To query sanitized read-only data directly from the customer's reporting database, connect to the SQL server as a client via the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

  1. Download and install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Connect to the Reporting Services VPN using the appropriate two-factor authentication.
    • When using Salesforce Authenticator, the password consists of your personal VPN password plus the current 6-digit code shown in the Salesforce Authenticator app. For example, if your password is [email protected], and the code shown in the app is 654321, then you would enter [email protected] in the Password field.
  3. Access the reporting database server using SSMS.
  4. Enter the full database server name including a 'r' in place of 'A' or 'B' before the *.oc.demandware.net portion of the server name.

    For example for US01, the server name format is US01p-sql06r.us01.oc.demandware.net.

  5. From the Authentication dropdown list, click SQL Server Authentication.
  6. Enter your SQL Server login user name and password.
  7. Click Options >>.
    The Connect to Server page opens.
  8. In the Connect to database: field, enter the full reporting database name including an 'r' to reflect reporting.
    The full reporting database name format is: bf_<customer>_com_r
  9. Select Encrypt Connection and Trust server certificate.
    Note: These checkboxes aren't available in older versions of SSMS. If using an older version, click the Additional Connection Parameters tab, and then enter the connection string parameters, Encrypt=True;TrustServerCertificate=True.
  10. Click Connect.
    You should now be connected to the reporting database server.
    Note: If you can't connect, ping the SQL server.
    • If the ping returns a message that the host wasn't found when running SSMS from a Windows virtual machine on a Mac, you may need to add all of the servers to the /etc/hosts file. Contact Salesforce Support for a list of the host IPs for US01 and US02.
    • If your server is listed in the /etc/hosts file but you can't ping the SQL server, disconnect from the VPN, restart the OpenVPNServiceInteractive service, and then reconnect.
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