Manage data sources in Azure Purview (Preview)

In this article, you learn how to register new data sources, manage collections of data sources, and view sources in Azure Purview (Preview). Azure Purview supports the following data sources:

  • SQL server on-premises
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
  • Azure Blob Storage
  • Azure Data Explorer
  • Azure SQL DB
  • Azure SQL DB Managed Instance
  • Azure Synapse Analytics (formerly SQL DW)
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Power BI

Register a new source

Use the following steps to register a new source.

  1. Open Purview Studio and select the Register sources tile.

    Azure Purview Studio

  2. Select Register, and then 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. Alternatively, you can enter your source information manually.

    Form for data source information

  4. Select Finish.

View sources

You can view all registered sources on the Sources tab of Azure Purview Studio. 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.

Azure Purview data source map view

List view

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

Azure 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 Azure Purview Studio. 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 clicking the circle attached to the arrow between levels.

A hierarchy of collections in Azure Purview Studio

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: