Quickstart: Create a Synapse SQL pool (preview) using the Azure portal

Azure Synapse Analytics offers various analytics engines to help you ingest, transform, model, and analyze your data. A SQL pool offers T-SQL based compute and storage capabilities. After creating a SQL pool in your Synapse workspace, data can be loaded, modeled, processed, and delivered for faster analytic insight.

In this quickstart, you learn how to create a SQL pool in a Synapse workspace by using the Azure portal.

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Sign in to the Azure portal

Sign in to the Azure portal

  1. Navigate to the Synapse workspace where the SQL pool will be created by typing the service name (or resource name directly) into the search bar. Azure portal search bar with Synapse workspaces typed in..
  2. From the list of workspaces, type the name (or part of the name) of the workspace to open. For this example, we'll use a workspace named contosoanalytics. Listing of Synapse workspaces filtered to show those containing the name Contoso.

Create new SQL pool

  1. In the Synapse workspace where you want to create the SQL pool, select New SQL pool command in the top bar. Overview of Synapse workspace with a red box around the command to create a new SQL pool.

  2. Enter the following details in the Basics tab:

    Setting Suggested value Description 
    SQL pool name Any valid name Name of the SQL pool.
    Performance level DW100c Set to the smallest size to reduce costs for this quickstart

    SQL pool create flow - basics tab.


    Note that there are specific limitations for the names that SQL pools can use. Names can't contain special characters, must be 15 or less characters, not contain reserved words, and be unique in the workspace.

  3. Select Next: Additional settings.

  4. Select None to provision the SQL pool without data. Leave the default collation selected. SQL pool create flow - additional settings tab.

  5. Select Review + create.

  6. Make sure that the details look correct based on what was previously entered. Select Create. SQL pool create flow - review settings tab.

  7. At this point, the resource provisioning flow will start. SQL pool create flow - resource provisioning.

  8. After the provisioning completes, navigating back to the workspace will show a new entry for the newly created SQL pool. SQL pool create flow - resource provisioning.

After the SQL pool is created, it will be available in the workspace for loading data, processing streams, reading from the lake, etc.

Clean up resources

Follow the steps below to delete the SQL pool from the workspace.


Deleting a SQL pool will both remove the analytics engine and the data stored in the database of the deleted SQL pool from the workspace. It will no longer be possible to connect to the SQL pool, and all queries, pipelines, and notebooks that read or write to this SQL pool will no longer work.

If you want to delete the SQL pool, complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the SQL pools blade in the workspace blade
  2. Select the SQL pool to be deleted (in this case, contosowdw)
  3. Once selected, press delete
  4. Confirm the deletion, and press Delete button SQL pool overview - highlighting delete confirmation.
  5. When the process completes successfully, the SQL pool will no longer be listed in the workspace resources.

Next steps