Getting started with Azure Data Factory

In this post, I will show you how to get started with Azure Data Factory. We will use the sample data from the AdventureWorksLT database. Please read this post on how to get access to it.

First, we will start by creating a table. I am creating this table in my AdventureWorksLT database for simplicity

CREATE TABLE dbo.FactSales
FactSalesId int NOT NULL IDENTITY (1, 1),
OrderDate date NULL,
DueDate date NULL,
ShipDate date NULL,
OrderQty smallint NULL,
UnitPrice money NULL,
ProductId int NULL,
ProductName nvarchar(50) NULL

Then we will open a browser and navigate to In the search box write “Data factories” and click on it

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Then click on “Add”

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Fill out the name and choose a subscription and resource group. For simplicity, I am not setting up Git in this post

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When you click on “Create” the Data Factory will be created in the background for you. To open your new Data Factory you can either search for it in the Azure Portal or you can go to I prefer the latter option.

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Click on “Continue”

To create a connection to our database click on “Connections” and then “New”

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Search for “Azure SQL Database”

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Write a name for the connection, choose SQL Server instance, fill out the user name and password and then click on “Test connection”.

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It will then appear in the list of connections

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In this case, I will only have one connection since I am both reading and writing to the same database.

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To create a dataset click on “+” and then choose “Add Dataset”

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Select “Azure SQL Database”

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Create datasets for the following tables

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Then add a new data flow

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Choose “Mapping Data Flow”

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Click on “Add source” and select DS_SalesOrderHead. Do the same again for DS_SalesOrderDetail

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Click on the “+” after SalesOrderHead. Add a “Join” and configure as below

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Since both datasets have several columns with the same name add a “Select” after the join. Check “Skip duplicate input” and “Skip duplicate output”

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Click on “+” after the “Select” and add a “Sink”.

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Choose manual mapping. Remove “ProductName” and “FactSalesId”

To execute the “Data Flow” we need to add a new “Pipeline”

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Then drag “Data Flow (Preview)” on to the canvas. Choose “Mapping Data Flow”.

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Click on “Publish All”.

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Then click on “Trigger Now”

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So if everything works out you can query FactSales and see this result

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