Manage data sources in Microsoft Purview

In this article, you learn how to register new data sources, manage collections of data sources, and view sources in Microsoft Purview.

Register a new source

Use the following steps to register a new source.

  1. Open the Microsoft Purview governance portal, navigate to the Data Map, Sources, and select Register.

    the Microsoft Purview governance portal

  2. Select a source type. This example uses Azure Blob Storage. Select Continue.

    Select a data source type in the Register sources page

  3. Fill out the form on the Register sources page. Select a name for your source and enter the relevant information. If you chose From Azure subscription as your account selection method, the sources in your subscription appear in a dropdown list.

    Form for data source information

  4. Select Register.

View sources

You can view all registered sources on the Data Map tab of the Microsoft Purview governance portal. There are two view types: map view and list view.

Map view

In Map view, you can see all of your sources and collections. In the following image, there is one Azure Blob Storage source. From each source tile, you can edit the source, start a new scan, or view source details.

Microsoft Purview data source map view

Table view

In the table view, you can see a sortable list of sources. Hover over the source for options to edit, begin a new scan, or delete.

Microsoft Purview data source list view

Manage collections

You can group your data sources into collections. To create a new collection, select + New collection on the Sources page of the Microsoft Purview governance portal. Give the collection a name and select None as the Parent. The new collection appears in the map view.

To add sources to a collection, select the Edit pencil on the source and choose a collection from the Select a collection drop-down menu.

To create a hierarchy of collections, assign higher-level collections as a parent to lower-level collections. In the following image, Fabrikam is a parent to the Finance collection, which contains an Azure Blob Storage data source. You can collapse or expand collections by selecting the circle attached to the arrow between levels.

A hierarchy of collections in the Microsoft Purview governance portal

You can remove sources from a hierarchy by selecting None for the parent. Unparented sources are grouped in a dotted box in the map view with no arrows linking them to parents.

Next steps

Learn how to register and scan various data sources: