Azure

  • Execute SQL Task in ADF

    If you’re new to ADF or Synapse pipelines and looking for a way to execute SQL commands in pipelines, unfortunately there is no equivalent to the Execute SQL Task in SSIS, but I have found some alternatives which work well for me. For something as simple as a SELECT statement where you want to return results to be used later, you can use a Lookup activity: You can then reference the output of this activity in other activities using dynamic…

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  • Azure Backup for Virtual Machines

    Configuring Backups Backups are configured for each VM individually, selecting their own retention policies and routines. They can however utilise the same storage and vaults. 1. Select the Backup option under “Operations” in the sidebar of the VM management page, on https://portal.azure.com/ 2. Give your backup Vault a name, (where the backups will be stored), and select the resource group you’d like it to be in. 3.…

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  • Azure Storage Backup Retention

    This blog is a follow up to a previous blog I wrote about backing up Azure Analysis Services cubes in Azure, that blog can be found here. This blog shows how to implement a retention policy using PowerShell in Azure Runbooks to remove the backups after a set number of days. To create a new Runbook in the Azure portal, go to the relevant Automation account in the relevant resource group and then select Runbooks from the left hand pane. Note you…

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  • Azure Synapse Series: What is Workload Management (part2)

    So in part 1 we found out what Workload Management was and why we wanted to use it. (If you haven’t read that part, please click here and read that post before you carry on, as we’re jumping in at the deep end!) In this part we’ll be learning how to configure it. Continuing from the end of the previous post, you have two main options to configure this. First is to assign a user or role to one of the existing system defined…

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  • Azure Synapse Series: What is Workload Management (part1)

    So you’ve started using Synapse SQL Pools, you’ve scaled up to improve performance, but your queries aren’t going as fast as you’d hoped. You take a look at resource utilisation and you see that as you scale up, your total resource utilisation per query goes down. But didn’t we scale up to allow our query to use more resource and run quicker? What’s going on here? A little thing called Workload Management.…

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  • Azure Synapse Series: Hash Distribution and Shuffle

    For this post I’m going to presume you’ve already taken a look at distributing your data using a hash column, and you’re not experiencing the performance you’re expecting. (If you’re not already aware of what this is, take a look at the following link to learn the basics of what a distributed table is and why you need it in Azure Synapse. I’ll be here when you get back.)…

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  • Azure Analysis Services Cube Backup

    This blog is a quick guide on how to back up an Azure Analysis Services cube using PowerShell. The PowerShell is used in a runbook inside an Automation account in Azure to automate the backup process. A pre-requisite for this is to configure the backup storage settings, this details the location of the backups. Two parameters are passed into the runbook (shown below), where AnalysisServerName is the server name for the analysis services cube and…

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  • ADF Switch Activity – A neat solution for nested IFs.

    Whilst carrying out some work for a client using Azure Data Factory I was presented with the challenge of triggering different activities depending on the result of a stored procedure. In fact the challenge posed was to… Execute ‘Copy A’ activity if the result of a stored procedure returned (A), Execute ‘Copy B’ activity if the result of a stored procedure returned (B), Execute ‘Copy C’ activity if the result of a stored…

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  • ADF: Where have my connections gone?

    If you’ve been doing any development work in ADF this week you might have noticed that “Connections” has moved. But where has it gone? When you click onto “Connections” now you’ll receive the following message: Clicking this button takes you to the new Management Hub, the new fourth icon which goes alongside the existing three. Within this area you now have access to your Linked Services, Integration Runtimes…

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  • Azure Data Factory (ADF) Parent Activities don’t trigger ON ERROR OUTPUT when Child Activities Error… What happens?

    So that title is a big question that a client of ours came across that required some additional investigation… What does happen and how do we get around it? In the below example we’ll use a simple IF Activity as our Parent Activity. To explain briefly how it functions, you provide it with a query that evaluates to either True of False. This then passes down to a set of Activities If True and a different set of Activities If False. We…

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