Create your own Purview catalog instance

After the announcement of the Azure Purview preview, the first videos published (Microsoft Mechanics and Simon Whiteley), my first Purview overview blog post it is now time to start with Azure Purview and create our first instance.

Creation and (Initial) Configuration

Azure Purview is available as preview service and you can start the creating in the Azure portal (; search for Purview, select the entry and use the Create button.

Create a new Azure Purview account

Basics – Resource group, purview account name (this cannot be changed afterwards) and the location.

As of today (2020-12-06), there are only 5 Azure regions you can choose from to store the Purview metadata. But – in-region scanning from 16 other Azure regions is available in the preview (source)

Basic information required for Azure Purview – note: not all Azure regions are available at this point in time!


  • Select your platform size – capacity units are according to the FAQ a provisioned set of resources to keep your Purview Data Map up to date (i.e. to keep the catalog up and running). Capacity units are limited to a certain performance – therefore a minimum of four units need to be selected.
  • Catalog features – In preview, no selection of features can be configured. I think C0 / C1 will be some sort of feature set levels.. but we will see and find out more about that in the future
Select the platform size and – in the current preview – see the feature set of the catalog.

Tags plus Review + Create

  • Add tags for the Purview instance
  • Review the chosen settings and start the creation

Hint: During some of my tests I got some weird “Validation failed with error” blocking issues. I could solve it with using a new browser window and trying it again .. like in good old times “Have tried turning if off and on again?” 🙂

Let’s start with Azure Purview (Studio) – From Azure Portal

After your Purview account is created, navigate to the resource group you added the account to. Open the details of the new object.

Open the details of your Purview account

Let’s have a look at your Purview account overview page:

  • Platform size and configuration: I hope that this is related to the early preview stage and there will be some option to change the configuration (like platform size to add more capacity units). As of today, it’s read-only in the Essentials part of the page.
  • Open Purview Studio – use this action to open the Purview portal for your account. (Hint: Likewise as for Synapse Studio, it’s not a big button, it is only the link that leads you to Purview Studio!)
Azure Purview account overview page plus Open Purview Studio action

Let’s start with Azure Purview (Studio) – Direct Entry

If you do not want to navigate through the Azure Portal to open your Azure Purview Studio for your account, you can do a short cut by using the URL:

Direct Access to Purview Studio using

Select you Active Directory and your Purview account and voila – Start Purview Studio

Azure Purview Studio

After the initial load, your Azure Purview Studio will look similiar to my screenshot below. Be aware, that I already added and configured some datasources, started some scans and worked with assets in my Purview account, therefore some numbers and links look different to a completely new environment!

Azure Purview Home screen

Let’s dive deeper into the pieces in the user interface:

  1. Well, this is your Purview Account name – It’s huge for just only informal purposes, but – hey.. it’s always good to remember where you are currently working!
  2. This part of the screens provides you with some statistics of your Purview account – How many data sources, assets and glossary terms are already configured and stored in your Purview metadata storage.
  3. On the left – the menu with your shortcut entries to the most needed actions
    1. Back to Home Screen
    2. Sources – Get to the Overview page of the data sources configured in your account
    3. Glossary – Manage and define your glossary terms
    4. Insights – Analyze and dive deeper into your meta data / data catalog
    5. Management Center – It’s the administration part of Purview Studio
  4. The big buttons in the middle of the screen provide you with direct links to the Knowledge Center, to Register sources, Browse assets and Manage the glossary.
  5. Purview Studio tracks the recently accessed assets, sources and meta data artifacts in a list. Directly jump to these entries using the links in this list.
  6. Last but definitely not least – use the Search box to find all objects and definitions matching your search criteria.

And now, you have created your first Azure Purview account, got a quick overview about the user interface and up next: Registering some data sources (which I will discuss in the next blog post – to be published soon)

All the best, govern your data!


About wolfgang

Data Platform enthusiast
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