Data Factory

Azure Data Factory allows you to manage the production of trusted information by offering an easy way to create, orchestrate, and monitor data pipelines over the Hadoop ecosystem using structured, semi-structures and unstructured data sources. You can connect to your on-premises SQL Server, Azure database, tables or blobs and create data pipelines that will process the data with Hive and Pig scripting, or custom C# processing. The service offers a holistic monitoring and management experience over these pipelines, including a view of their data production and data lineage down to the source systems. The outcome of Data Factory is the transformation of raw data assets into trusted information that can be shared broadly with BI and analytics tools.

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  1. concurrency limit for linked services

    I have some heavy processing in azure data warehouse that requires the use of the xlargerc resource class. This means the warehouse will only run one task at a time, all others are queued.

    Data factory has no awareness of this, and therefore it's possible for other tasks using the same login to try and execute - causing them to be queued and potentially be timed out in data factory.

    It would be great if you could set a concurrency limit on a linked service, allowing for datafactory to mark other pipelines as waiting if it knows the resource is…

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    • Anything

      Just put more then one example...actually follow up.

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      • Event Hub Address Space

        Our corporate firewall currently blocks port 5671. I'm working with our security team to open that outbound port. I would have a much easier time getting it opened if I could provide a destination address space that would be used. Is it possible that you can provide the address space for all event hub endpoints?

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        • Add Azure Database for PostgreSQL data source

          It would be great if the new "Azure Database for PostgreSQL" could be added as an available data source

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          • null

            handle parsing of empty string to empty integer as null. Data factory fail when I try to parse an empty string to integer.

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            • Provide a Build in Logging Option with in ADF

              ADF has have the ability to provide (text) logging with the help of custom activity. But it's a tough job for each time to implement log with custom activity.It can be much easier to implement a log as a build in services in ADF for each solution

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              • In Azure Data Factory pipeline level alerts are required,Pipeline may have many activities, But single alert email should come once execute

                In Azure Data Factory pipeline level alerts are required,Pipeline may have many activities(Since activity level alerts are available now . mailbox will be filled with alert emails) , So single alert email should come once the pipeline is executed

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                • NetSuite connector

                  It would be great if there was a NetSuite connector

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                  • Rerun with downstream

                    Similar to the rerun with upstream, but in the other direction.

                    re-running a single activity is a bit useless if it doesn't trigger downstream activities to re-run too.

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                    • Unit Testing for ADF Projects

                      There has to be support for automated testing of Azure Data Factory pipelines - perhaps as part of Visual Studio ADF project suite.

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                      • Display entire diagram in visual studio

                        I'd love it if visual studio could display the entire data factory in a single digram, similar to the monitor and manage portal.

                        This would help me to better visualise if all my pipelines are correctly connected.

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                        • PowerBI dashboard as sink

                          Currently, ASA can stream data to PowerBI. However, if a batch ML job creates overlay data (e.g. anomalies), there is no way to stream that.

                          If Data Factory can add a PowerBI sink (they support a POST operation, just like Azure ML Web service), then it will make it very easy to have nicely updated dashboards.

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                          • How to copy Azure Data Factory - gateway, linkedservices and pipeline jobs from one resource to another resource ?

                            We would like to build test environment for Azure Data Factory pipeline jobs before moving to production. I could not find any documentation which will allow using Azure CLI or Powershell or any other ways to implement this. We would like to avoid manually copying JSON scripts in stead Azure should provide a way to automate this job so we can build Test and Production environments without manual intervention.

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                            • Deploy ADF components following continuous integration from Visual Studio Online

                              Deploy ADF components following continuous integration from Visual Studio Online.

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                              • Need to be able to hit an API with a data source

                                SSIS can pull from an API, Data Factory can't.

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                                • Don't require Contributor permissions to read logs using Azure API, require Reader instead

                                  Don't require excess permissions. This hurts security audit.

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                                  • Support auth using service principal in Azure Data Lake Analytics (ADLA)

                                    Currently only personal OAuth user token is supported what doesn't fit real-world production scenario.

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                                    • Ignore comment lines during data copy

                                      When reading weblog files from Blob Storage, CSV files comments are lines beginning with '#', which causes the copy activity to fail due to format exceptions. Suggestion is to specify comment character='#' which would ignore those lines.

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                                      • Copy SQL to DocumentDB with nested objects/arrays and JSON strings

                                        So there are times where deeper structured data from a data is useful to place into DocumentDB documents. For example:

                                        select Id, Col1, Col2,
                                        (select * from Table2 where Table1.Id=Table2.Table1Id FOR JSON PATH) ArrayOfLinkedData,
                                        JSON_QUERY(Information,'$') Information -- a string storing JSON data
                                        from Table1

                                        shows nested data from a linked table Table2, and some unschema'd JSON stored in a varchar column called Information.

                                        At present both the array and the json stored in a string are loaded into DocumentDB as escaped strings not JSON entities. The only way we have found to handle this situation is first dropping the data…

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                                        • Simplify Visual Studio Secure Publish

                                          You have a well-hidden extension for adding a Secure Publish option to the ADF Tools for Visual Studio here: https://github.com/Azure/Azure-DataFactory/tree/master/Samples/ADFSecurePublish

                                          When you include the linked prerequisites (which are outdated since New-AzureRmADServicePrincipal does not return a ServicePrincipalName property) there are a massive amount of steps needed to get this extension to work.

                                          I would like this extension to be folded into the ADF Tools for Visual Studio, and for the setup steps to be simplified by having the tool automate much of the process.

                                          Having an alternative other than certificates to authenticate the tool's access to the Key Vault would also…

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