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Configuration file format

The configuration (template) file used by Data Export for SQL Server is divided into several sections, each corresponding to a particular group of settings specified at different steps of the GUI application wizard.




This section stores information about the product name and its major version.


This section stores general information about the utility:



This section contains parameters for connecting to the server: Host, Login, Password (encrypted). These parameters are obligatory.


Note that parameter DBName used in previous versions is no more obligatory. You can set databases for each table and query separately in the [Databases] section.




This section contains the list of database tables to export in the following format:

<table key>=<table name>





This section may be empty.




This section contains the list of queries and their identifiers (used while loading queries into the wizard application) in the following format:

<query key>=<query identifier>




[SQL_<query key>]

Sections of this type contain query text for each query. The lines must be specified in the following format:

Item_0=<query line 1>

Item_1=<query line2>



See the example below:




Item_0=select name, capital

Item_1=from countries

Item_2=where continent = 'South America'


This section may also be empty, but remember that if you do not specify any table or query, no data are exported.




This section lists files for data export in the following format:

<table key>=<filename>

<query key>=<filename>



You can specify either full paths or relative paths, e.g.



query1=C:\Exported data\query1.docx


Note that you must specify the file extension properly to receive data in the required format. Otherwise, extension .xls is taken by default.




This section allows you to specify a database for each table and query in the following format:

<table key>=<database name>

<query key>=<database name>


If you do not specify a database for a table or a query, the database name for this table or query is taken from the DBName parameter value of the [Connection] section.




This section specifies template files for each table or query. This template (*.exp) file is generated by the utility with the configuration (*.cfg) file and contains various export settings: export type, result filename, fields for export, number of records to export, specific Excel, RTF, HTML, or other options and more.


The section has the following format:

<table key>=<template filename>

<query key>=<template filename>



You can specify either full or relative file paths, e.g.





If you do not specify any file name in the [Files] section, it is taken from the template. If you specify neither file name, nor

template for table or query, then the <table name>.xls filename is taken by default for tables, or <query key>.xls for queries.



You can set arbitrary table or query keys in the [Tables], [Queries], [Files], [Databases] and [Templates] sections, but they MUST NOT contain spaces and they MUST be identical in different sections.