Copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud using Azure Data Factory (Preview)

This article outlines how to use the Copy Activity in Azure Data Factory to copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud. It builds on the copy activity overview article that presents a general overview of copy activity.

Important

This connector is currently in preview. You can try it out and give us feedback. If you want to take a dependency on preview connectors in your solution, please contact Azure support.

Supported capabilities

You can copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud to any supported sink data store. For a list of data stores that are supported as sources/sinks by the copy activity, see the Supported data stores table.

Azure Data Factory provides a built-in driver to enable connectivity, therefore you don't need to manually install any driver using this connector.

Getting started

You can create a pipeline with copy activity using .NET SDK, Python SDK, Azure PowerShell, REST API, or Azure Resource Manager template. See Copy activity tutorial for step-by-step instructions to create a pipeline with a copy activity.

The following sections provide details about properties that are used to define Data Factory entities specific to Salesforce Marketing Cloud connector.

Linked service properties

The following properties are supported for Salesforce Marketing Cloud linked service:

Property Description Required
type The type property must be set to: SalesforceMarketingCloud Yes
clientId The client ID associated with the Salesforce Marketing Cloud application. Yes
clientSecret The client secret associated with the Salesforce Marketing Cloud application. You can choose to mark this field as a SecureString to store it securely in ADF, or store password in Azure Key Vault and let ADF copy acitivty pull from there when performing data copy - learn more from Store credentials in Key Vault. Yes
useEncryptedEndpoints Specifies whether the data source endpoints are encrypted using HTTPS. The default value is true. No
useHostVerification Specifies whether to require the host name in the server's certificate to match the host name of the server when connecting over SSL. The default value is true. No
usePeerVerification Specifies whether to verify the identity of the server when connecting over SSL. The default value is true. No

Example:

{
    "name": "SalesforceMarketingCloudLinkedService",
    "properties": {
        "type": "SalesforceMarketingCloud",
        "typeProperties": {
            "clientId" : "<clientId>",
            "clientSecret": {
                 "type": "SecureString",
                 "value": "<clientSecret>"
            },
            "useEncryptedEndpoints" : true,
            "useHostVerification" : true,
            "usePeerVerification" : true
        }
    }
}

Dataset properties

For a full list of sections and properties available for defining datasets, see the datasets article. This section provides a list of properties supported by Salesforce Marketing Cloud dataset.

To copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud, set the type property of the dataset to SalesforceMarketingCloudObject. The following properties are supported:

Property Description Required
type The type property of the dataset must be set to: SalesforceMarketingCloudObject Yes
tableName Name of the table. No (if "query" in activity source is specified)

Example

{
    "name": "SalesforceMarketingCloudDataset",
    "properties": {
        "type": "SalesforceMarketingCloudObject",
        "linkedServiceName": {
            "referenceName": "<SalesforceMarketingCloud linked service name>",
            "type": "LinkedServiceReference"
        },
        "typeProperties": {}
    }
}

Copy activity properties

For a full list of sections and properties available for defining activities, see the Pipelines article. This section provides a list of properties supported by Salesforce Marketing Cloud source.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud as source

To copy data from Salesforce Marketing Cloud, set the source type in the copy activity to SalesforceMarketingCloudSource. The following properties are supported in the copy activity source section:

Property Description Required
type The type property of the copy activity source must be set to: SalesforceMarketingCloudSource Yes
query Use the custom SQL query to read data. For example: "SELECT * FROM MyTable". No (if "tableName" in dataset is specified)

Example:

"activities":[
    {
        "name": "CopyFromSalesforceMarketingCloud",
        "type": "Copy",
        "inputs": [
            {
                "referenceName": "<SalesforceMarketingCloud input dataset name>",
                "type": "DatasetReference"
            }
        ],
        "outputs": [
            {
                "referenceName": "<output dataset name>",
                "type": "DatasetReference"
            }
        ],
        "typeProperties": {
            "source": {
                "type": "SalesforceMarketingCloudSource",
                "query": "SELECT * FROM MyTable"
            },
            "sink": {
                "type": "<sink type>"
            }
        }
    }
]

Next steps

For a list of data stores supported as sources and sinks by the copy activity in Azure Data Factory, see supported data stores.