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What is Azure Data Share?

Azure Data Share helps you to simply and safely share your data from multiple sources with other organizations. Easily control what you share, who receives your data, and the terms of use. There is no infrastructure to set up or manage, and Data Share uses managed identities for Azure resources and integrates with Azure Active Directory (AAD) to manage credentials and permissions.

How Does Azure Data Share Work?

Let’s start by opening Azure Portal and then going to the “Data Shares” service.

Azure Data Share

Click “Add” to create your first Data Share

First Data Share

In order to create the share, enter the required information such as:

  • A friendly name
  • Azure subscription
  • The Resource Group where the share will be located
  • The location

Сreate the share

Wait until the deployment is done and click “Go to resource

Overview

First, we will create the “Data Share”, so click “Start Sharing your data

Start Sharing

Click “Create” to open the following wizard

myShare

In the first window, we will enter the general information such as:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Terms of use

myShare details

In the second window, we must add a dataset

Dataset

A new window appears to select which dataset you want. Data Share supports data sharing to and from:

  • Azure Synapse Analytics,
  • Azure SQL Database,
  • Azure Data Lake Storage,
  • Azure Blob Storage,
  • and Azure Data Explorer.

Data Share will support more Azure data stores in the future.

Azure data stores

In this guide, I chose Blob Storage, so I must select which blob storage will be used

Blob Storage

I need to provide a name for this dataset. Note that your recipients will see this name.

Provide a name for this dataset

In the third window, enter the email address of the recipients. Be careful, your recipients must have an Azure account. Use their Azure login email in this section:

Enter the email address of the recipients

In the next window, you can enable snapshot on your data. If you enable snapshot, then your recipients will get incremental updates of your data.

Snapshot settings

Review the configuration and click “Create

Review the configuration

Your recipient needs to check their mailbox for an invitation from Microsoft Azure. Open the invitation and click “View invitation

Invitation from Microsoft Azure

In Azure Portal, click on the share you want to use

Data share invintation

Select “I agree to terms of use” and fill out the details below

Terms of use

Then, you can open the storage account selected previously, and view the received data.

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Conclusion

Thanks to Azure Share Data, we can easily share data between organizations or subscriptions in order to facilitate collaboration.

Do not forget that your recipients must use their Azure login email to received data.

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-preview-of-azure-data-share/

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Nicolas Prigent
Nicolas Prigent
Nicolas Prigent works as an IT Production Manager, based in Paris, with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Nicolas is a three-time Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management with 10 years experience in administering Windows products. He also received the "PowerShell Heroes 2016" Award.