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Create Azure Purview and Register Your First Datastore

If you are looking at enhancing data governance, you want to know more about Azure Purview. In this blog post, I show how to get started with Azure Purview, create a service and register your first data store. 

I waited for this service for more than 2 years. I used Azure Data Catalog previously and had access to the private preview of Azure Purview (aka Project Babylon). Azure Purview looks promising and has great potential.  

Post Contents: 

  • Create Azure Purview 
  • Register your first data store in Azure Purview 

In this tutorial, I’ll use the Azure Portal. You can also create an Azure Purview service using PowerShell

Create Azure Purview 

To begin, before you can create a service, make sure the provider is registered. 

This may require adding other providers like Microsoft.EventHub or Microsoft.Storage. 

To start creating Azure Purview, click “Create a resource”. 

Start creating Azure Purview

Then, search for Azure Purview and click “create.” 

Basics 

Unfortunately, there aren’t many regions available at the moment. More regions will be released in the upcoming months. 

Configuration 

You can configure some options, but not all of them. As you can see, some options are greyed out (for now). These options are related to capabilities and pricing. The units are the computing power assigned to perform Scan activities. At this moment, you get 4 free units. 

Configuration for Azure Purview

Tags 

Next, define some tags for your service. 

Review + Create 

Then, once the validation passes, click “create.” 

Review and create Purview

The deployment of the service will start. 

Once the service is up and running, it’s possible to access Azure Purview Studio from the main service page or just by using the link https://web.purview.azure.com/.  

In general, the experience is similar to Azure Synapse Analytics Workspaces and Azure Data Factory. It’s great to have a similar user experience. 

  1. Different hubs to manage Azure Purview – in the picture above you can see the Home hub 
  1. Release notes, notifications, account, help, feedback, etc. 
  1. Some quick access options, including a Knowledge Base with tutorials 
  1. Recently accessed objects 
  1. Some links to useful information  

Now, your first Azure purview service is up and running! 

In upcoming blog posts, I’ll explore some of the sections within Azure Purview in detail. 

Register your first data store in Azure Purview 

First of all, create a collection so you can group different artifacts. 

In the Sources section, select register and one of the sources available. In this example, I will choose Azure Data Lake Gen2. 

Now, select your Data Lake account and assign the previously created collection. 

You can see the collection and the storage account; you need to scan the assets. 

Define how to scan the assets in your data store. However, before you click “continue,” add Purview to read the files from your Data Lake. 

This may take a few minutes to reflect in Azure Purview. 

Next, select the folders that you want to scan. 

And any rules that you want to define. For example: scan only Parquet files, or just use the default rules (it will scan everything). 

The best part is that you can define how frequently you want to scan the files in your data stores. Daily isn’t available yet. 

For this tutorial, I will select Scan Once. 

Review the configuration and click “save.” 

Click “view details” to see the progress of the scan. 

Then, navigate to the Scan details by clicking on the name. 

After it finishes, you’ll see the summary. Azure Purview already has some default classification rules that allow the Scan to identify file patterns. 

Congrats! You’ve registered your first datasets in Azure Purview!  

If you go back home, you can start browsing the assets. 

Summary   

Today, you’ve created Azure Purview. You took a quick look at Data Factory datasets and the different options available within the service. While this tutorial does not include how to set up data lineage, it shows you how Azure Purview enables effortless enhancements for the data governance of your environment.  

What’s Next?   

In upcoming blog posts, we’ll continue to explore Azure Data Service features.       

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  • Josefina
    24 . 01 . 2021

    Thank you! This was really helpful and I was able to connect!
    Would you also add some info on the steps to connect to a database? 🙂

    • David Alzamendi
      28 . 01 . 2021

      Hi Josefine, thank you for your feedback, I will include that in my to-do list.

      The steps are the same, just change the service that you have selected.

      Happy to provide something more specific if you get stuck.

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