Convert FoxPro to SQL Server.

Our DBConvert/DBSync for FoxPro and MSSQL provides a powerful and comfortable way to convert and sync data from MS Visual FoxPro databases (.dbc) and MS Visual FoxPro free tables (.dbf) to Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Azure SQL databases.

All customizations for target databases are presented in a tree-like browser that greatly simplifies adjusting settings and handling your personal parameters.

1 million records from FoxPro to MSSQL Server with our Bulk option activated can be converted in only 8 minutes.

DBSync for FoxPro and MS SQL is the easiest solution for FoxPro and MSSQL/Windows Azure SQL databases synchronization. Intellectual synchronizer mechanism provides stable and accurate source data duplication to destination database on FoxPro and MSSQL platforms.

Three types of synchronization is a great guide to getting your databases updated.

FoxPro “End of life”, announced by Microsoft, forced companies that use Visual FoxPro for their mission critical programs to choose an alternative database platform for these systems. Even if FoxPro were still in support, FoxPro remains a file-server database, not suited for high-volume transactional applications. The most compelling reasons to move to SQL Server include the ability to handle big tables with a size greater than 2 GB and increased security options. We observe a trend to switch existing Visual FoxPro based applications to use SQL Server as the data storage engine. Both the free Express version and SQL Server Enterprise are great replacements for your retired FoxPro back-end data storage.

With proper data mapping between FoxPro source and MS SQL Server target database, specifying larger individual tables makes the whole conversion and data synchronization both flexible and easy.

Save your data to an SQL Dump file if you have limited access to the MS SQL server because of insufficient privileges. The destination file consists of MS SQL instructions to recreate all tables and load them with data.

Automate conversion and sync processes by using our built-in Scheduler. It allows users to execute tasks at a specified time.

NOTE: FoxPro General datatype is not supported.

 DBConvert for FoxPro & MSSQL

Migration directions:

  • MS Visual FoxPro → MS SQL Server, MS SQL Dump, MS Visual FoxPro Program
  • MS SQL Server → Visual FoxPro, FoxPro 2.6, MS Visual FoxPro Program, MS SQL Dump, *.DBF
  • FoxPro ↔ SQL Azure
  • MS Visual FoxPro, *.DBF ↔ Amazon RDS

Version: 4.6.9

Release Date: Sept. 14, 2020

 DBSync for FoxPro & MSSQL

Sync directions:

  • FoxPro → MS SQL Server
  • MS SQL Server → MS Visual FoxPro, *.DBF
  • *.DBF → MS SQL Server
  • FoxPro ↔ SQL Azure
  • MS Visual FoxPro, *.DBF ↔ Amazon RDS

Version: 4.6.5

Release Date: Sept. 25, 2020

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DBConvert Studio

 Version: 1.8.2

Release Date: Sept. 17, 2020

Supported databases:

  • SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • Access
  • FoxPro
  • SQLite
  • Firebird
  • Excel
  • IBM DB2
  • Azure SQL
  • Amazon RDS
  • Amazon Aurora
  • Heroku Postgres
  • Google Cloud

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Using FoxPro to SQL Server conversion and synchronization tools.

When you start DBConvert or DBSync application in GUI mode it guides you through several steps to set up the database migration or synchronization:

1. Connect to FoxPro source database.

If a source database requires you to log in, you can specify a user name/ password and host/ port parameters.

Connect to FoxPro source database from DBConvert

2. Connect to SQL Server destination database.

Specifying parameters for destination database looks like the same as for source. Usually, it consists of defining connection settings and username/password pairs.

Connect to SQL Server target database from DBConvert

NOTE #1: Every DBConvert or DBSync tool has two different databases in its name. That means any specified database from a pair can be set up as a source or destination. Besides, the same type of database may be set up both as a source or destination.

As an example, here is the list of possible migration directions with on-premises databases:

  • FoxPro to SQL Server
  • SQL Server to FoxPro
  • FoxPro to FoxPro
  • SQL Server to SQL Server

NOTE #2: Don't be confused by the fact that connections to cloud databases like Amazon RDS, Microsoft Azure SQL, Google Cloud, and Heroku are not explicitly specified in the configuration of a source or destination in the DBConvert / DBSync interface. To connect to Cloud database instances, use the same settings as you do for traditional on-premises databases.

NOTE #3: Your connections to source and target databases stay active until you close DBConvert/ DBSync application or reopen new connections on "source" and "destination" steps.

Read more about the specific source/ destination configurations for different databases.

3. Custoimzation and configuration.

At the next step, you can specify precisely which tables, fields, indices, views you want to transfer to the SQL Server destination database. Just check/ uncheck the box in front of each database object you want to convert.

Customize general database/ tables settings. Or set up a particular table , field, index individually when migrating data from FoxPro to SQL Server.

Check out our articles about Custoimzation and configuration. for detailed information.

The screenshot below sums up general features available in DBConvert software solutions.

4. Detection of potential database migration issues. Errors and Warnings

The database typically constrains certain relations on the data that cannot be violated. On the customization step, a smart error checker verifies all possible Data integrity and Referential integrity issues and highlights them, if any, before performing a migration.

DBConvert software to default tries to automatically map database types from the source FoxPro database to the closest equivalent of the target SQL Server database types. But you can manually change data types for the whole database globally with "Global mapping" or individually for each field.

Check out Smart error checker. Errors and Warnings for more information.

5. Execution. The final stage of data migration from FoxPro to SQL Server

Once you configure source and destination databases for migration in the previous steps, you can start the actual conversion or synchronization process.

Click the "Commit" button to start conversion. Also, here, you can monitor the migtation/ synchronization process.

Optionally save connection settings and configuration parameters into the session file to schedule the launching of sync or migration jobs regularly.

Execution step of DBConvert products

Read more about execution stage available options.

Command line mode

Previously saved sessions can be passed as parameters to Command-Line DBConvert Client. A session keeps FoxPro source and SQL Server target database connection settings with other specified options.

Example: C:\Program Files\DBConvert\foxpro2mssqlPro\foxpro2mssqlPro_Cons.exe /Session:"Session_Name"

NOTE: First, you have to run the software in GUI mode to create a session file with initial parameters.

Built-in scheduler.

Our applications come with a built-in scheduler to run database migration and sync jobs at specified times. Just set the scheduled date and time to execute job sessions automatically.

DBConvert screenshot

Highlights

Requirements

  • Necessary privileges to write into database on the target SQL Server (this requirement is optional as there is an option to overcome the restrictions using dump file)
  • MS Visual FoxPro version 9.0 and early, e.g. FoxPro 2.6