How to create and configure Azure Integration Runtime

APPLIES TO: Azure Data Factory Azure Synapse Analytics

The Integration Runtime (IR) is the compute infrastructure used by Azure Data Factory and Synapse pipelines to provide data integration capabilities across different network environments. For more information about IR, see Integration runtime.

Azure IR provides a fully managed compute to natively perform data movement and dispatch data transformation activities to compute services like HDInsight. It is hosted in Azure environment and supports connecting to resources in public network environment with public accessible endpoints.

This document introduces how you can create and configure Azure Integration Runtime.


We recommend that you use the Azure Az PowerShell module to interact with Azure. See Install Azure PowerShell to get started. To learn how to migrate to the Az PowerShell module, see Migrate Azure PowerShell from AzureRM to Az.

Default Azure IR

By default, each data factory or Synapse workspace has an Azure IR in the backend that supports operations on cloud data stores and compute services in public network. The location of that Azure IR is autoresolve. If connectVia property is not specified in the linked service definition, the default Azure IR is used. You only need to explicitly create an Azure IR when you would like to explicitly define the location of the IR, or if you would like to virtually group the activity executions on different IRs for management purpose.

Create Azure IR

To create and set up an Azure IR, you can use the following procedures.

Create an Azure IR via Azure PowerShell

Integration Runtime can be created using the Set-AzDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime PowerShell cmdlet. To create an Azure IR, you specify the name, location, and type to the command. Here is a sample command to create an Azure IR with location set to "West Europe":

Set-AzDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime -DataFactoryName "SampleV2DataFactory1" -Name "MySampleAzureIR" -ResourceGroupName "ADFV2SampleRG" -Type Managed -Location "West Europe"

For Azure IR, the type must be set to Managed. You do not need to specify compute details because it is fully managed elastically in cloud. Specify compute details like node size and node count when you would like to create Azure-SSIS IR. For more information, see Create and Configure Azure-SSIS IR.

You can configure an existing Azure IR to change its location using the Set-AzDataFactoryV2IntegrationRuntime PowerShell cmdlet. For more information about the location of an Azure IR, see Introduction to integration runtime.

Create an Azure IR via UI

Use the following steps to create an Azure IR using UI.

  1. On the home page for the service, select the Manage tab from the leftmost pane.

  2. Select Integration runtimes on the left pane, and then select +New.

  3. On the Integration runtime setup page, select Azure, Self-Hosted, and then select Continue. Screenshot showing the Azure self-hosted integration runtime option.

  4. On the following page, select Azure to create an Azure IR, and then select Continue. Screenshot that shows create an Azure integration runtime.

  5. Enter a name for your Azure IR, and select Create. Screenshot that shows the final step to create the Azure integration runtime.

  6. You'll see a pop-up notification when the creation completes. On the Integration runtimes page, make sure that you see the newly created IR in the list. Screenshot showing the Azure integration runtime in the list.


If you want to enable managed virtual network on Azure IR, please see How to enable managed virtual network

Use Azure IR

Once an Azure IR is created, you can reference it in your Linked Service definition. Below is a sample of how you can reference the Azure Integration Runtime created above from an Azure Storage Linked Service:

    "name": "MyStorageLinkedService",
    "properties": {
      "type": "AzureStorage",
      "typeProperties": {
        "connectionString": "DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=myaccountname;AccountKey=..."
      "connectVia": {
        "referenceName": "MySampleAzureIR",
        "type": "IntegrationRuntimeReference"

Next steps

See the following articles on how to create other types of integration runtimes: