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How do you get into the Central administration page and create a secure store application ID?

I am trying to connect to an external database and cannot do so with my current credentials. I have a username and password for the external database but would like to access it through sharepoint.

I've tried going into Sharepoint Designer -> External Content Types -> Add connection -> SQL -> And I have filled in my credentials and still cannot connect.

We use office 365.

Thanks, Catherine

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If I'm not wrong, you cannot connect to the SQL DB from oficce 365, but you can try to solve this issue as described in this solution.

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You can use 3rd party to secure connect your SQL to O365. See here how it works for ODBC, OLEDB, Microsoft .NET based providers, Files (Excel, XML, CSV), RSS / XML feeds, SQL databases like MS SQL, SQL Azure, Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB2, IBM AS/400, IBM Informix, Notes, SharePoint (lists and libraries), local file system, Exchange, Active Directory, Dynamics NAV/CRM, Navision, SAP and many more. More complex data sources, web services, custom COM or .NET objects, can be connected using 3rd party add-ons. Cloud-to-cloud connections e.g. to salesforce.com, Twitter, Facebook, Google etc.

Cloud Connector Architecture

You can download here: http://www.layer2.de/en/products/Pages/Cloud-Connector-for-SharePoint-2010-Office365.aspx

Thanks, Frank

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