How to create a linked service to connect to an azure data Storage on azure Data Factory

In this tutorial I am going to create a linked service to connect to an azure data Storage.

Step 1. Select what kind of linked service do you want to create.

On ADF there are various options to choose, we are going to select Azure Blob Storage for this tutorial.

Go into Manage then click on Linked Services and click on “New” Button.

Then a “New linked service” Window is going to display, Click on “Azure Blob Storage”

There is a window open where you will have to fill required fields.

For connecting to the blob storage, we are going to use a Connection string and connect it Manually.

Step 2. Obtaining Connection String for Azure blob Storage.

Go to the resource group that contains the storage account you create for this case. A window is going to open, proceed to click on “Access Keys”.

Then click on “Show keys”, there you are going to see a pair of keys and Connection strings, which we are going to use on the “New linked service” window for configuring access to this blob storage.

You can copy any of those “Keys”. The explanation behind why there are two is simple, when you have an application, and you want to change a key the other will become available and you would avoid down time.

Copy any of these “Keys” by clicking on the “copy” Icon and then proceed to put it into the “New linked service” window that we opened on Azure Data Factory, then proceed to click on “Test connection”.

Or if you don’t want to introduce the “account selection method” you can pick “From Azure subscription” method.

then proceed to click on Test connection and click on “Create”.

Finally if linked service was created successfully, It will display on the linked services list.

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