Creating a Synapse workspace
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a Synapse workspace, a dedicated SQL pool, and a serverless Apache Spark pool.
To complete this tutorial's steps, you need to have access to a resource group for which you are assigned the Owner role. Create the Synapse workspace in this resource group.
Create a Synapse workspace in the Azure portal
Start the process
- Open the Azure portal, in the search bar enter Synapse without hitting enter.
- In the search results, under Services, select Azure Synapse Analytics.
- Select Add to create a workspace.
Basics tab > Project Details
Fill in the following fields:
- Subscription - Pick any subscription.
- Resource group - Use any resource group.
- Managed Resource group - Leave this blank.
Basics tab > Workspace details
Fill in the following fields:
- Workspace name - Pick any globally unique name. In this tutorial, we'll use myworkspace.
- Region - Pick the region where you have placed your client applications/services (for example, Azure VM, Power BI, Azure Analysis Service) and storages that contain data (for example Azure Data Lake storage, Azure Cosmos DB analytical storage).
A workspace that is not colocated with the client applications or storage can be the root cause of many performance issues. If you data or the clients are placed in multiple regions, you can create separate workspaces in different regions colocated with your data and clients.
Under Select Data Lake Storage Gen 2:
- By Account name, select Create New and name the new storage account contosolake or similar as the name must be unique.
- By File system name, select Create New and name it users. This will create a storage container called users. The workspace will use this storage account as the "primary" storage account to Spark tables and Spark application logs.
- Check the "Assign myself the Storage Blob Data Contributor role on the Data Lake Storage Gen2 account" box.
Completing the process
Select Review + create > Create. Your workspace is ready in a few minutes.
To enable workspace features from an existing dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW) refer to How to enable a workspace for your dedicated SQL pool (formerly SQL DW).
Open Synapse Studio
After your Azure Synapse workspace is created, you have two ways to open Synapse Studio:
- Open your Synapse workspace in the Azure portal, in the Overview section of the Synapse workspace, select Open in the Open Synapse Studio box.
- Go to the
https://web.azuresynapse.netand sign in to your workspace.
Place sample data into the primary storage account
We are going to use a small 100K row sample dataset of NYX Taxi Cab data for many examples in this getting started guide. We begin by placing it in the primary storage account you created for the workspace.
- Download this file to your computer: https://azuresynapsestorage.blob.core.windows.net/sampledata/NYCTaxiSmall/NYCTripSmall.parquet
- In Synapse Studio, navigate to the Data Hub.
- Select Linked.
- Under the category Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 you'll see an item with a name like myworkspace ( Primary - contosolake ).
- Select the container named users (Primary).
- Select Upload and select the
NYCTripSmall.parquetfile you downloaded.
Once the parquet file is uploaded it is available through two equivalent URIs:
In the examples that follow in this tutorial, make sure to replace contosolake in the UI with the name of the primary storage account that you selected for your workspace.