FireDAC Components for AWS Data Management

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Establishing a Connection

You can create and manage connections with the Data Explorer and the FireDAC Connection Editor wizards. See Connection Definitions for more information on creating connections from code and creating persistent, private, or temporary connections.

Obtaining the Access Key

To obtain the credentials for an IAM user, follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into the IAM console.
  2. In the navigation pane, select Users.
  3. To create or manage the access keys for a user, select the user and then select the Security Credentials tab.

To obtain the credentials for your AWS root account, follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into the AWS Management console with the credentials for your root account.
  2. Select your account name or number and select My Security Credentials in the menu that is displayed.
  3. Click Continue to Security Credentials and expand the Access Keys section to manage or create root account access keys.

Authenticating with Root Credentials

To authenticate using account root credentials, set the following:

  • AuthScheme: Set this to AwsRootKeys.
  • AWSAccessKey: The access key associated with the AWS root account.
  • AWSSecretKey: The secret key associated with the AWS root account.

Note: Use of this authentication scheme is discouraged by Amazon for anything but simple tests. The account root credentials have the full permissions of the user, making this the least secure authentication method.

Authenticating with Temporary Credentials

To authenticate using temporary credentials, specify the following:

  • AuthScheme: Set this to TemporaryCredentials.
  • AWSAccessKey: The access key of the IAM user to assume the role for.
  • AWSSecretKey: The secret key of the IAM user to assume the role for.
  • AWSSessionToken: Your AWS session token. This will have been provided alongside your temporary credentials. See this link for more info.

The component can now request resources using the same permissions provided by long-term credentials (such as IAM user credentials) for the lifespan of the temporary credentials.

If you are also using an IAM role to authenticate, you must additionally specify the following:

  • AWSRoleARN: Specify the Role ARN for the role you'd like to authenticate with. This will cause the component to attempt to retrieve credentials for the specified role.
  • AWSExternalId: Only if required when you assume a role in another account.

Authenticating as an AWS Role

In many situations it may be preferable to use an IAM role for authentication instead of the direct security credentials of an AWS root user.

To authenticate as an AWS role, set the following:

  • AuthScheme: Set this to AwsIAMRoles.
  • AWSRoleARN: Specify the Role ARN for the role you'd like to authenticate with. This will cause the component to attempt to retrieve credentials for the specified role.
  • AWSExternalId: Only if required when you assume a role in another account.
If you are connecting to AWS (instead of already being connected such as on an EC2 instance), you must additionally specify the following:
  • AWSAccessKey: The access key of the IAM user to assume the role for.
  • AWSSecretKey: The secret key of the IAM user to assume the role for.

Note: Roles may not be used when specifying the AWSAccessKey and AWSSecretKey of an AWS root user.

Connecting to AWSDataManagement

Once you have configured the component for your desired authentication method, you can optionally set the following to refine data access:

  • Domain: Set this if you want to use a domain name you have associated with AWS.
  • AWSRegion: Set this to the region where your AWS Data Management data is hosted.
Optionally, you can set Domain if you want to use a domain name you have associated with AWS and the AWSRegion to specify your AWS hosting region.

Using the FireDAC Connection Editor

Complete the following steps to use the FireDAC Connection Editor to assign a AWS Data Management connection to a TFDConnection object:

  1. Open a project and drop a TFDPhysCDataAWSDataManagementDriverLink from the Tool Palette onto the Form Designer.
  2. Drop a TFDConnection object onto the Form Designer.
  3. Double-click the TFDConnection and select CDataAWSDataManagement in the Driver Id menu.
  4. Define the necessary connection properties.
  5. To execute ad-hoc SQL statements based on this connection, enter SQL commands on the SQL Script tab.
  6. In the Form Designer, select the TFDConnection object and set the Connected property to true.

Using the Data Explorer

Complete the following steps to use the Data Explorer to define persistent connections that can be shared across applications and projects:

  1. Click View > Tool Windows > Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand the FireDAC node.
  2. Right-click the CData AWS Data Management Data Source node and click Add New Connection.
  3. Enter a name for the connection. The FireDAC Connection Editor opens.

Working with Persistent Connections

The connections you define in the Data Explorer can be assigned to a TFDConnection object by specifying the connection name in the TFDConnection object's ConnectionDefName property.

Browsing Data and Metadata

The Data Explorer also provides options for browsing AWS Data Management objects at design time:

  • Expand the CData AWS Data Management Data Source node in the Data Explorer to view the defined connections.
  • Expand a connection node to find the database objects available for a connection.
  • Drill down to a database object to find metadata such as primary keys.
  • To display data, double-click a table or view or right-click and click View.

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