How to create and configure Azure Integration Runtime

The Integration Runtime (IR) is the compute infrastructure used by Azure Data Factory to provide data integration capabilities across different network environments. For more information about IR, see Integration runtime.


This article applies to version 2 of Data Factory, which is currently in preview. If you are using version 1 of the Data Factory service, which is generally available (GA), see Data Factory V1 documentation.

Azure IR provides a fully managed compute to natively perform data movement and dispatch data transformation activities to compute services like HDInsight. It is hosted in Azure environment and supports connecting to resources in public network environment with public accessible endpoints.

This document introduces how you can create and configure Azure Integration Runtime.

Default Azure IR

By default, each data factory has an Azure IR in the backend that supports operations on cloud data stores and compute services in public network. The location of that Azure IR is auto-resolve. If connectVia property is not specified in the linked service definition, the specified Azure IR is used. You only need to explicitly create an Azure IR when you would like to explicitly define the location of the IR, or if you would like to virtually group the activity executions on different IRs for management purpose.

Create Azure IR

Integration Runtime can be created using the Set-AzureRmDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime PowerShell cmdlet. To create an Azure IR, you specify the name, location and type to the command. Here is a sample command to create an Azure IR with location set to "West Europe":

Set-AzureRmDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime -DataFactoryName "SampleV2DataFactory1" -Name "MySampleAzureIR" -ResourceGroupName "ADFV2SampleRG" -Type Managed -Location "West Europe"

For Azure IR, the type must be set to Managed. You do not need to specify compute details because it is fully managed elastically in cloud. Specify compute details like node size and node count when you would like to create Azure-SSIS IR. For more information, see Create and Configure Azure-SSIS IR.

You can configure an existing Azure IR to change its location using the Set-AzureRmDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime PowerShell cmdlet. For more information about the location of an Azure IR, see Introduction to integration runtime.

Use Azure IR

Once an Azure IR is created, you can reference it in your Linked Service definition. Below is a sample of how you can reference the Azure Integration Runtime created above from an Azure Storage Linked Service:

    "name": "MyStorageLinkedService",
    "properties": {
      "type": "AzureStorage",
      "typeProperties": {
        "connectionString": {
          "value": "DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=myaccountname;AccountKey=...",
          "type": "SecureString"
      "connectVia": {
        "referenceName": "MySampleAzureIR",
        "type": "IntegrationRuntimeReference"

Next steps

See the following articles on how to create other types of integration runtimes: