Get started with Azure Databricks administration

Welcome to Azure Databricks, and congratulations on being one of your team’s admins! This getting started tutorial provides opinionated guidance for new account and workspace admins looking to take advantage of the administrative and security features available on Azure Databricks. For more in-depth security guidance, see the Security and compliance guide.


You need an Azure Databricks account and workspace. If you haven’t set yours up yet, follow the steps in Get started: Account and workspace setup to get up and running. Once you have a workspace set up, go through the following admin tasks:

Step 1: Build out your team

The best practice for building out your team is to add users and groups to your account by syncing your identity provider (IdP) with Databricks. If you choose to build your team out manually, you can follow the steps in Manage users and Manage groups to add your team through the account console UI.

You should organize your users and service principals into account groups based on permissions and roles. Account groups simplify identity management by making it easier to assign access to workspaces, data, and other securable objects.

After your team has been added to Azure Databricks, the following tasks are recommended:

Step 2: Configure permissions and access control

Within a workspace, workspace admins help secure data and control compute usage by giving users access only to the Azure Databricks functionality and data they need.


This step requires the Premium plan. If you don’t have it, go to the account console to update your subscription or contact your Azure Databricks sales representative.

The following articles walk you through enabling and managing key features workspace admins can use to control data access and compute usage:

Step 3: Set up account monitoring

To control costs and allow your organization to monitor detailed Azure Databricks usage patterns, including audit and billable usage logs, Azure Databricks recommends using system tables (Public Preview). You can also use tags to monitor resources and data objects.

Step 4: Implement additional security features

Databricks provides a secure networking environment by default, but if your organization has additional needs, you can configure network security features on your Databricks resources. See Customize network security. For an overview of available security features, see Security guide.

Get Databricks support

If you have any questions about setting up Azure Databricks and need live help, please e-mail

If your organization does not have a Azure Databricks support subscription, or if you are not an authorized contact for your company’s support subscription, you can get answers to many questions in Databricks Office Hours or from the Databricks Community.

Databricks Academy

Databricks Academy has a free self-paced learning path for platform administrators. Before you can access the course, you first need to register for Databricks Academy if you haven’t already.

You can also sign up to attend a live platform administration training.