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Connecting Bold BI to Microsoft Outlook calendar data source

Bold BI dashboard designer supports connecting Microsoft Outlook calendar web services through REST API.

Choose Microsoft Outlook calendar data source

To configure the Microsoft Outlook calendar data source, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the Data Sources button in the configuration panel to add a new data connection.

    Data source icon

  2. Click CREATE NEW to launch a new connection from the connection panel.

  3. Select the Microsoft Outlook calendar connection in the connection panel.

    Choose data source

NOTE: You can also create a data source from the home page by clicking the Data Sources menu from left menu panel and Create Data Source from the data sources page.

Choose data source from server

Authentication with Microsoft Outlook calendar

Use the following steps to authenticate with Microsoft Outlook calendar web service:

  1. Click the data source, you will be prompted with a login window. Enter the credentials of your Microsoft Outlook Calendar account to authorize.

  2. Click Allow in the authorization window to accept the scopes requested by Bold BI dashboards.

    NOTE: If the permission is denied, the account will not be accessible from the dashboard.

  3. Set a name to identify the account and click Next.

  4. You have now successfully authorized your connection. Click Connect to continue with the data source connection.

  5. To connect using existing connected account, refer Connected Accounts.

NOTE: To connect to another account click Connect New Account.

Connect to Microsoft Outlook calendar

Create Microsoft Outlook calendar data source

After successful authentication, the NEW DATA SOURCE configuration panel opens. Follow the below steps to create Microsoft Outlook calendar data source.

  1. Enter a name and description (optional) for the data source.

  2. Enter a valid Microsoft Outlook calendar REST API endpoint in the URL textbox. Refer the Microsoft Outlook calendar API documentation for more details.

    Example: https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/events?$select=subject,body,bodyPreview,organizer,attendees,start,end,location

  3. Select GET method for the REST API in Method combo box.

  4. In Max Rows, enter the maximum number of rows to be fetched from the Microsoft Outlook calendar data source. This value is used to fetch the data from Microsoft Outlook calendar data source via pagination.

  5. Choose a time interval for Refresh Settings using the combo box, to trigger the Rest API request periodically to keep the data in sync with our dashboard.

  6. Select JSON data type in Data Format combo box.

  7. The authentication type will be set to Microsoft Outlook calendar automatically since OAuth is used for authenticating with Microsoft Outlook Calendar account.

    DataSourcesView

You can also edit the connection information set here using the Edit Connection option.

Additional information

Max Rows Most of the REST APIs return only fewer data on a single API request. To pull the amount of data you need, set a value in this field. Pagination is handled internally and will fetch the amount of data you need.
Refresh Settings Period of time before next refresh call is triggered. This will automatically trigger a call for the API configured in the data source to keep the data up to date. If you do not want to sync your new data, choose ‘Never’.

Setting up the URL

  1. For instance, to query the calendar details, query the /calendarGroups endpoint.
  2. From the listed information get the specific calendar id.

Replace it in the URL to query Events of particular calendar object:

https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/calendars/calendar_id/events

Sample queries

List Calendar Groups

https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/calendarGroups

List Views of a specific calendar from Calendar Groups

https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/calendarGroups/hcn65wnxinHbsk/calendars/ksnkew872whsjs/calendarView?startDateTime=2015-11-08T19:00:00.0000000&endDateTime=2015-11-09T19:00:00.0000000

List Events

https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/me/calendars/events

Preview and data import

  • Click Preview & Connect to connect with the configurations set.

  • The Choose Schema(s) dialog opens. The schema represents the key fields of JSON data retrieved from Microsoft Outlook Calendar Rest API request. This dialog displays a list of schemas in treeview and its corresponding values in grid for preview. Select required schema(s) from treeview to use in designer and click Connect.

    Preview

  • Now, the data design view page with selected table schema opens. Drag and drop the table. Query Editor

  • Click Save to save the data source with a relevant name.

Connected accounts for OAuth data sources

If you have already logged into the account and authenticated with web data source, the account information will be listed here. You can select one of the accounts or connect to a new account by clicking the Connect New Account button.

OAuth

You can edit, delete and re-authorize this account from the Connected Accounts page.

Manage Accounts

Data Transformation

Editing a Data Connection

Dashboard Designer Walkthrough

Graph API Throttling Limits

Outlook calendar Integration