Quickstart: Create a Microsoft Purview account in the Azure portal

This quickstart describes the steps to create a Microsoft Purview account in the Azure portal and get started on the process of classifying, securing, and discovering your data in Microsoft Purview!

Microsoft Purview is a data governance service that helps you manage and govern your data landscape. By connecting to data across your on-premises, multi-cloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) sources, Microsoft Purview creates an up-to-date map of your information. It identifies and classifies sensitive data, and provides end-to-end linage. Data consumers are able to discover data across your organization, and data administrators are able to audit, secure, and ensure right use of your data.

For more information about Microsoft Purview, see our overview page. For more information about deploying Microsoft Purview across your organization, see our deployment best practices.


  • If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free subscription before you begin.

  • An Azure Active Directory tenant associated with your subscription.

  • The user account that you use to sign in to Azure must be a member of the contributor or owner role, or an administrator of the Azure subscription. To view the permissions that you have in the subscription, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the Azure portal
    2. Select your username in the upper-right corner.
    3. Select the ellipsis button ("...") for more options.
    4. Then select My permissions.
    5. If you have access to multiple subscriptions, select the appropriate subscription.
  • No Azure Policies preventing creation of Storage accounts or Event Hub namespaces. Microsoft Purview will deploy a managed Storage account and Event Hubs when it is created. If a blocking policy exists and needs to remain in place, please follow our Microsoft Purview exception tag guide and follow the steps to create an exception for Microsoft Purview accounts.

Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal with your Azure account.

Create a Microsoft Purview account

  1. Go to the Microsoft Purview accounts page in the Azure portal.

    Screenshot showing the purview accounts page in the Azure portal

  2. Select Create to create a new Microsoft Purview account.

    Screenshot with the create button highlighted a Microsoft Purview in the Azure portal.

    Or instead, you can go to the marketplace, search for Microsoft Purview, and select Create.

    Screenshot showing Microsoft Purview in the Azure Marketplace, with the create button highlighted.

  3. On the new Create Microsoft Purview account page, under the Basics tab, select the Azure subscription where you want to create your Microsoft Purview account.

  4. Select an existing resource group or create a new one to hold your Microsoft Purview account.

    To learn more about resource groups, see our article on using resource groups to manage your Azure resources.

  5. Enter a Microsoft Purview account name. Spaces and symbols aren't allowed. The name of the Microsoft Purview account must be globally unique. If you see the following error, change the name of Microsoft Purview account and try creating again.

    Screenshot showing the Create Microsoft Purview account screen with an account name that is already in use, and the error message highlighted.

  6. Choose a location. The list shows only locations that support Microsoft Purview. The location you choose will be the region where your Microsoft Purview account and meta data will be stored. Sources can be housed in other regions.


    Microsoft Purview does not support moving accounts across regions, so be sure to deploy to the correction region. You can find out more information about this in move operation support for resources.

  7. Select Review & Create, and then select Create. It takes a few minutes to complete the creation. The newly created Microsoft Purview account instance will appear in the list on your Microsoft Purview accounts page.

    Screenshot showing the Create Microsoft Purview account screen with the Review + Create button highlighted

Open the Microsoft Purview governance portal

After your Microsoft Purview account is created, you'll use the Microsoft Purview governance portal to access and manage it. There are two ways to open the Microsoft Purview governance portal:

  • Open your Microsoft Purview account in the Azure portal. Select the "Open Microsoft Purview governance portal" tile on the overview page. Screenshot showing the Microsoft Purview account overview page, with the Microsoft Purview governance portal tile highlighted.

  • Alternatively, you can browse to https://web.purview.azure.com, select your Microsoft Purview account, and sign in to your workspace.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you learned how to create a Microsoft Purview account and how to access it through the Microsoft Purview governance portal.

Next, you can create a user-assigned managed identity (UAMI) that will enable your new Microsoft Purview account to authenticate directly with resources using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.

To create a UAMI, follow our guide to create a user-assigned managed identity.

Follow these next articles to learn how to navigate the Microsoft Purview governance portal, create a collection, and grant access to Microsoft Purview: