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Deploy an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace using an ARM Template

Here's how to deploy an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace using an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template.


You'll first need to make sure the Microsoft.Synapse resource provider is registered within your subscription. If it's not registered, you can register it through the portal, or use a simple Az PowerShell command, like so:

Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace "Microsoft.Synapse"

or use the az CLI:

az provider register --namespace Microsoft.Synapse

Note: to register a resource provider, you must have the /register/action permission for that resource provider, which is included in the Contributor and Owner roles at the subscription scope.


Below you'll find the template which deploys a Synapse workspace, and (optionally) an Azure Data Lake Store Gen2 (ADLS g2). At the time of writing, Azure Synapse Analytics is in public preview, so the ARM template was quite hard to come by. After manually deploying the resource in the portal, I could take advantage of the "Export template" functionality to retrieve the ARM template. Generally, this functionality should always make it possible to find the ARM template for a particular set of resources, if (for whatever reason) you can't find them in the docs.

This can be deployed using your preferred tool - for example, you can use the portal, the Az module in PowerShell, or the Azure CLI.

In PowerShell, for example, this looks like:

where I'm using a parameters file, which looks like this:

This template performs a number of operations:

  • Optionally deploys an ADLS g2 account (determined by the isNewStorageAccount parameter) - a Synapse workspace needs a default data lake storage account configuring upon provisioning
    • If an ADLS g2 account is created, a new filesystem is also created
  • If the storage account is existing, but a new filesystem is to be created, this template will do that (determined by the isNewFileSystemOnly parameter)
  • Deploys the Synapse workspace, configuring the firewall rules, SQL admin credentials, virtual network settings, SQL control settings for the managed identity. This last point grants the CONTROL permission to the workspace's managed identity on all SQL pools and SQL on-demand (i.e. it gives the managed identity all the permissions).
  • Assigns the Synapse workspace's managed identity an RBAC role (Storage Blob Data Contributor) on the default storage account (determined by the setWorkspaceIdentityRbacOnStorageAccount parameter).
  • Assigns the principal identified by the userObjectId parameter an RBAC role (Storage Blob Data Contributor) on the default storage account (determined by the setSbdcRbacOnStorageAccount parameter)

And that's it - hope you've found this useful!

If you're looking to learn how to deploy an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace using the Azure CLI, take a look at this blog by Lena Hall.

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Ed Freeman

Software Engineer I

Ed Freeman

Ed is a Software Engineer helping to deliver projects for clients of all shapes and sizes, providing best of breed technology solutions to industry specific challenges. He focusses primarily on cloud technologies, data analytics and business intelligence, though his Mathematical background has also led to a distinct interest in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and other related fields.

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Ed won the Cloud Apprentice of the Year at the Computing Rising Star Awards 2019.