While Adobe recommends that you connect your databases using an
SSH tunnel, you can also use an encrypted
VPN connection to keep things secure. A
VPN can be used for any of your database integrations and, to keep things simple, the process is just about the same as setting up an
In addition to database credentials, you must enter credentials for a VPN user to wrap things up. Any VPN user works, but Adobe recommends you create an Commerce Intelligence user, as it makes it easier for you to track the users on your account.
The process for creating a database user varies depending on the database type you are connecting. To see the instructions for each database type, click the links below.
VPNuser for Commerce Intelligence
As mentioned before, any valid
VPN user works - but Adobe recommends you create a user solely for Commerce Intelligence use.
For the connection to be successful, you must configure your firewall to allow access from your IP addresses. They are
18.104.22.168, but it is also on the
credentials page for any database integration:
VPNuser info into Commerce Intelligence
To wrap things up, you need to enter the connection and user info into Commerce Intelligence. Did you leave the database
credentials page open? If not, go to Manage Data > Connections. Click Add New Data Source, and then click the icon for the database you are connecting. Do not forget to change the
Encrypted toggle to
Enter the following info into this page, starting with the
Database Connection section:
Username: The username for the Commerce Intelligence database user
Password: The password for the Commerce Intelligence database user
Port: The database’s port on your server. Defaults are:
Host: By default, this is localhost
127.0.0.1, but it could also be your server’s public IP address or a local area network address.
Database Name (optional): If you only allowed access to one database (this is specified during the database user creation step), enter the name of that database here.
Encryption Connection section:
Encryption Type: Set this to
Cisco IPsec VPN
Gateway Address: The IP address of the VPN server
Group Name: The name of the group used for group authentication
Group Secret: The password corresponding to the group.
Username: The Commerce Intelligence
Password: The Commerce Intelligence
When you are finished, click Save & Test to complete the setup.