Azure Setup

The schema above shows the infrastructure the system operates on. You will need to set up the resources displayed in the Your Azure Cloud rectangle.

We recommend creating the resources in the order described in this guide.


You will need the following prerequisites to start following this guide.

Guest user in DataSentics Azure Cloud

You will install Settle DQ code from artifacts that are distributed using DataSentics Azure cloud. DataSentics will invite you as a guest user. For that you will need an email address that can receive emails. We recommend using a technical user, not a real person's email.

The access to our Azure will be used for downloading and installing artifacts as a part of the initial setup as well as upgrading to future Settle DQ versions.

Follow these steps to create a guest user account:

  • Locate an invitation email in your inbox from
  • Click an Accept Invitation link in the email
  • If this email address doesn't have a Microsoft account yet, it needs to sign up for one. Follow the instructions. You will get another email with a verification link or code.
  • You will be promted to accept permissions for DataSentics to Sign in and Read email address. Click accept.
  • You will get yet another email that welcomes you to Azure Devops

Now you will be able to login with this guest account to Subscriber resources in DataSentics Azure cloud. Verify you can log in.

Artifact Feed URLs from DataSentics

DataSentics will give you the following URLs. You'll use them to download artifacts described in the guide.

  • Python Artifact Feed URL, format
  • private PyPI URL, format
  • Universal Packages Artifact Feed URL, format

Web App: Container Registry Credentials from DataSentics

For deploying the web app, you will need credentials to Azure Container Registry. From there you will pull a docker image to run in your Azure Web App.

You will need:

  • Server URL
  • Username
  • Password
  • Image and tag

Azure CLI installed

Follow the installation instructions

Add the DevOps extension:

az extension add --name azure-devops


You will need a subscription in your Azure Cloud where you have permissions to the following Resource providers. The ones that are bold are explicitly needed for the system to be set up and work properly.

  • Microsoft.Databricks
  • Microsoft.DataFactory
  • Microsoft.OperationalInsights
  • Microsoft.KeyVault
  • Microsoft.Storage
  • Microsoft.Network
  • Microsoft.ManagedIdentity
  • Microsoft.Security
  • Microsoft.PolicyInsights
  • Microsoft.GuestConfiguration
  • Microsoft.Compute
  • Microsoft.ContainerService
  • Microsoft.Advisor
  • microsoft.insights
  • Microsoft.MachineLearningServices
  • Microsoft.Purview
  • Microsoft.DBforPostgreSQL
  • Microsoft.Web

1. Resource Group

We recommend creating a new resource group for all resources that you will create for Settle DQ.

2. Key Vault

You will need an Azure Key Vault to store database connection parameters. If you already have a Key Vault, you can use it. If not create one in your Resource Group.

3. Database

The database is the center piece of the DQ Tool. The Python API stores expectation definitions and validations results there. The Web App reads information to display from there.

If you already have an Azure PostgreSQL Database server, you can just create a new database there. Connect to the server and create a new database.

If you don't have a database server, you'll need to create one. We recommend using Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Follow the quickstart guide. We recommend the following options:

  • Single server
  • PosgreSQL 10
  • Choose the machine depending on your expected workload, the minimal recommended requirements are 1 vcore, 20GB storage

For later steps you will need the following parameters. Store them to your Key Vault.

  • host
  • port
  • database
  • username
  • password

4. Databricks

If you're not using Azure Databricks yet, you'll need to create a new Databricks Workspace.

If you're already using Azure Databricks and have a workspace, you can just use that.

You will need an interactive cluster with Databricks Runtime >= 7.0 to install the wheel to.

Your Databricks will need access to Azure Key Vault to retrieve the database credentials. Follow the guide to create an Azure Key Vault-backed secret scope. Call it dbx_scope.

Now we'll install dq_tool python wheel to Databricks. The wheel provides a python interface that Data Engineers use to develop and manage data expectations. There are two options how to install the wheel.

Option A: Manual Wheel Installation

We only recommend using this option when your Databricks workspace doesn't have access to internet. The downside is that you will need to manually download and update the wheel with every new version.

  • Download a wheel from the Pytho Artifact Feed URL you got as a prerequisity
  • Upload the wheel to your Databricks workspace and install the wheel to the given cluster or notebook.

Option B: Installation from private PyPI

This is an automated way to install the dq_tool package. You don't need to store the wheel anywhere, it will always be installed from DataSentics private PyPI that is a part of an Azure DevOps Artifact Feed.

First you need to generate a Personal Access Token (PAT) for your guest user. In the Create a new personal access token dialog you need to provide the following:

  • Organization: settle-dq-ext. If you can't see settle-dq-ext, choose All accessible organizations
  • Scopes: Custom defined
  • In Packaging section check Read
  • Name and Expiration are up to you

Save the token and add it to your Key Vault as ds_azure_pat along with the technical user email address ds_azure_email and DataSentics PyPI URL ds_pypi_url you got as a prerequisity.

In your notebook, install the library using something like

user = dbutils.secrets.get(scope="dbx_scope", key="ds_azure_email")
token = dbutils.secrets.get(scope="dbx_scope", key="ds_azure_pat")
pypi_url = dbutils.secrets.get(scope="dbx_scope", key="ds_pypi_url")

%pip install dq_tool --extra-index-url=https://$user:$token@$pypi_url

If you get an error like the one below, it means you don't have permissions for the feed, or your PAT is wrong.

WARNING: 401 Error, Credentials not correct for
  ERROR: Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement dq_tool (from versions: none)
ERROR: No matching distribution found for dq_tool

Configure private PyPI for a Databricks cluster (Optional)

To make installation easier for Databricks users, you can do the following setup.

First you have to create a Cluster init script if you don't have one and pass it to the cluster.

Add the following code to yor init script:

mkdir /root/.pip

cat > /root/.pip/pip.conf <<EOF
Then configure the cluster environment variables as described below. The variable values will be taken from databricks secrets pointing to KeyVault.

After this is done, to install dq_tool to your notebook, you only need to run the basic command below, without having to worry about the extra index url.

%pip install dq_tool

Verify The Installation

Run the following code to verify you can connect to the database.

from dq_tool import DQTool
dq_tool = DQTool(
        'drivername': 'postgresql',
        'host': dbutils.secrets.get(scope='dbx_scope', key='host'),
        'port': dbutils.secrets.get(scope='dbx_scope', key='port'),
        'database': dbutils.secrets.get(scope='dbx_scope', key='database'),
        'username': dbutils.secrets.get(scope='dbx_scope', key='username'),
        'password': dbutils.secrets.get(scope='dbx_scope', key='password')

The code creates the database schema if it's not there yet. Then you can start using the python interface as described in the Develop Expectations guide. Save the code, you'll use it in the Configuration Notebook

5. Web Application

The Data User checks the validation results in a web application. It needs an Azure Web app and a Storage account. add Web App

Create Web App

Create a Web App in the Azure portal. Use the following options:

  • Select your Subscription and Resource Group
  • WebApp name: your choice
  • Publish: select Docker Conatiner
  • Operating system: Linux
  • Service Plan: Create new
  • SKU size: select B1 at least

Click Next : Docker >

Now you'll need to fill in the credentials for a private Docker registry, you got from DataSentics.

  • Options: Single Container
  • Image Source: Private Registry

Click Review + create

Create Storage Account

Create a Storage Account in the Azure portal. Use the following options:

  • Storage account name: Use 5-50 just alfanumeric characters
  • Performance: Standard
  • Account kind: StorageV2 (general purpose v2)
  • Replication: RA-GRS

Click Review + create

Enable Static Website

Now open your newly created Storage Account. On the left side in Settings click Static Website. Use the following options:

  • Static website: click to set Enabled
  • Index document name: index.html

Click Save

Change Access Level

Now Change access level for the $web container, so that it can be served as a website. Open your Storage Account, click Overview. Under Essentials click Containers. A table of containers opens.

  • Click on three dots on the right side of the $web container
  • Click Change access level

  • Choose Blob (anonymous read access for blobs only)
  • Click OK

Upload Frontend Files to Storage Account

Now you need to download the web frontend static files zip archive. Open the link you got as desribed in Prerequisites. Download the zip directly from the website, or click Connect to feed to download using the CLI.

Unzip the archive. Use the az CLI to upload the contets to the Storage account:

az storage blob upload-batch -d '$web' -s ./build --account-name <name of storage>

Set Web App Environment Variables

You need to point the web app to the database and to the Storage account with the frontend files.

Open your Web App, on the left side under Settings click Configuration. Add the following env variables:

  • FE_CONTAINER_ADDRESS: URL of the Storage, format

Add authentication to the web app

The easiest option to enable authentication is the Express option. To enable authentication using the Express option, follow these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, search for and select App Services, and then select your app.
  2. From the left navigation, select Authentication / Authorization > On.
  3. Select Azure Active Directory > Express.
  4. If you want to choose an existing app registration instead:
    1. Choose Select Existing AD app, then click Azure AD App.
    2. Choose an existing app registration and click OK.
  5. Select OK to register the App Service app in Azure Active Directory. A new app registration is created.

Click Save


You can find the URL of the web app in the Web App Overview, usually in format

Now you can continue with Developing Expectations Guide to start using Settle DQ.