Transform data in Azure Virtual Network using Hive activity in Azure Data Factory using the Azure portal

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In this tutorial, you use Azure portal to create a Data Factory pipeline that transforms data using Hive Activity on a HDInsight cluster that is in an Azure Virtual Network (VNet). You perform the following steps in this tutorial:

  • Create a data factory.
  • Create a self-hosted integration runtime
  • Create Azure Storage and Azure HDInsight linked services
  • Create a pipeline with Hive activity.
  • Trigger a pipeline run.
  • Monitor the pipeline run
  • Verify the output

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  • Azure Storage account. You create a hive script, and upload it to the Azure storage. The output from the Hive script is stored in this storage account. In this sample, HDInsight cluster uses this Azure Storage account as the primary storage.

  • Azure Virtual Network. If you don't have an Azure virtual network, create it by following these instructions. In this sample, the HDInsight is in an Azure Virtual Network. Here is a sample configuration of Azure Virtual Network.

    Create virtual network

  • HDInsight cluster. Create a HDInsight cluster and join it to the virtual network you created in the previous step by following this article: Extend Azure HDInsight using an Azure Virtual Network. Here is a sample configuration of HDInsight in a virtual network.

    HDInsight in a virtual network

  • Azure PowerShell. Follow the instructions in How to install and configure Azure PowerShell.

  • A virtual machine. Create an Azure virtual machine VM and join it into the same virtual network that contains your HDInsight cluster. For details, see How to create virtual machines.

Upload Hive script to your Blob Storage account

  1. Create a Hive SQL file named hivescript.hql with the following content:

    DROP TABLE IF EXISTS HiveSampleOut; 
    CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE HiveSampleOut (clientid string, market string, devicemodel string, state string)
    STORED AS TEXTFILE LOCATION '${hiveconf:Output}';
    FROM hivesampletable
  2. In your Azure Blob Storage, create a container named adftutorial if it does not exist.

  3. Create a folder named hivescripts.

  4. Upload the hivescript.hql file to the hivescripts subfolder.

Create a data factory

  1. If you have not created your data factory yet, follow the steps in Quickstart: Create a data factory by using the Azure portal and Azure Data Factory Studio to create one. After creating it, browse to the data factory in the Azure portal.

    Screenshot of home page for the Azure Data Factory, with the Open Azure Data Factory Studio tile.

  2. Select Open on the Open Azure Data Factory Studio tile to launch the Data Integration application in a separate tab.

Create a self-hosted integration runtime

As the Hadoop cluster is inside a virtual network, you need to install a self-hosted integration runtime (IR) in the same virtual network. In this section, you create a new VM, join it to the same virtual network, and install self-hosted IR on it. The self-hosted IR allows Data Factory service to dispatch processing requests to a compute service such as HDInsight inside a virtual network. It also allows you to move data to/from data stores inside a virtual network to Azure. You use a self-hosted IR when the data store or compute is in an on-premises environment as well.

  1. In the Azure Data Factory UI, click Connections at the bottom of the window, switch to the Integration Runtimes tab, and click + New button on the toolbar.

    New integration runtime menu

  2. In the Integration Runtime Setup window, Select Perform data movement and dispatch activities to external computes option, and click Next.

    Select perform data movement and dispatch activities option

  3. Select Private Network, and click Next.

    Select private network

  4. Enter MySelfHostedIR for Name, and click Next.

    Specify integration runtime name

  5. Copy the authentication key for the integration runtime by clicking the copy button, and save it. Keep the window open. You use this key to register the IR installed in a virtual machine.

    Copy authentication key

Install IR on a virtual machine

  1. On the Azure VM, download self-hosted integration runtime. Use the authentication key obtained in the previous step to manually register the self-hosted integration runtime.

    Register integration runtime

  2. You see the following message when the self-hosted integration runtime is registered successfully.

    Registered successfully

  3. Click Launch Configuration Manager. You see the following page when the node is connected to the cloud service:

    Node is connected

Self-hosted IR in the Azure Data Factory UI

  1. In the Azure Data Factory UI, you should see the name of the self-hosted VM name and its status.

    Existing self-hosted nodes

  2. Click Finish to close the Integration Runtime Setup window. You see the self-hosted IR in the list of integration runtimes.

    Self-hosted IR in the list

Create linked services

You author and deploy two Linked Services in this section:

  • An Azure Storage Linked Service that links an Azure Storage account to the data factory. This storage is the primary storage used by your HDInsight cluster. In this case, you use this Azure Storage account to store the Hive script and output of the script.
  • An HDInsight Linked Service. Azure Data Factory submits the Hive script to this HDInsight cluster for execution.​

Create Azure Storage linked service

  1. Switch to the Linked Services tab, and click New.

    New linked service button

  2. In the New Linked Service window, select Azure Blob Storage, and click Continue.

    Select Azure Blob Storage

  3. In the New Linked Service window, do the following steps:

    1. Enter AzureStorageLinkedService for Name.

    2. Select MySelfHostedIR for Connect via integration runtime.

    3. Select your Azure storage account for Storage account name.

    4. To test the connection to storage account, click Test connection.

    5. Click Save.

      Specify Azure Blob Storage account

Create HDInsight linked service

  1. Click New again to create another linked service.

    New linked service button

  2. Switch to the Compute tab, select Azure HDInsight, and click Continue.

    Select Azure HDInsight

  3. In the New Linked Service window, do the following steps:

    1. Enter AzureHDInsightLinkedService for Name.

    2. Select Bring your own HDInsight.

    3. Select your HDInsight cluster for Hdi cluster.

    4. Enter the user name for the HDInsight cluster.

    5. Enter the password for the user.

      Azure HDInsight settings

This article assumes that you have access to the cluster over the internet. For example, that you can connect to the cluster at This address uses the public gateway, which is not available if you have used network security groups (NSGs) or user-defined routes (UDRs) to restrict access from the internet. For Data Factory to be able to submit jobs to HDInsight cluster in Azure Virtual Network, you need to configure your Azure Virtual Network such a way that the URL can be resolved to the private IP address of gateway used by HDInsight.

  1. From Azure portal, open the Virtual Network the HDInsight is in. Open the network interface with name starting with nic-gateway-0. Note down its private IP address. For example,

  2. If your Azure Virtual Network has DNS server, update the DNS record so the HDInsight cluster URL https://<clustername> can be resolved to If you don’t have a DNS server in your Azure Virtual Network, you can temporarily work around by editing the hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc) of all VMs that registered as self-hosted integration runtime nodes by adding an entry similar to the following one:

Create a pipeline

In this step, you create a new pipeline with a Hive activity. The activity executes Hive script to return data from a sample table and save it to a path you defined.

Note the following points:

  • scriptPath points to path to Hive script on the Azure Storage Account you used for MyStorageLinkedService. The path is case-sensitive.
  • Output is an argument used in the Hive script. Use the format of wasbs://<Container>@<StorageAccount> to point it to an existing folder on your Azure Storage. The path is case-sensitive.
  1. In the Data Factory UI, click + (plus) in the left pane, and click Pipeline.

    New pipeline menu

  2. In the Activities toolbox, expand HDInsight, and drag-drop Hive activity to the pipeline designer surface.

    drag-drop Hive activity

  3. In the properties window, switch to the HDI Cluster tab, and select AzureHDInsightLinkedService for HDInsight Linked Service.

    Select HDInsight linked service

  4. Switch to the Scripts tab, and do the following steps:

    1. Select AzureStorageLinkedService for Script Linked Service.

    2. For File Path, click Browse Storage.

      Browse storage

    3. In the Choose a file or folder window, navigate to hivescripts folder of the adftutorial container, select hivescript.hql, and click Finish.

      Choose a file or folder

    4. Confirm that you see adftutorial/hivescripts/hivescript.hql for File Path.

      Script settings

    5. In the Script tab, expand Advanced section.

    6. Click Auto-fill from script for Parameters.

    7. Enter the value for the Output parameter in the following format: wasbs://<Blob Container>@<StorageAccount> For example: wasbs://

      Script arguments

  5. To publish artifacts to Data Factory, click Publish.

    Screenshot shows the option to publish to a Data Factory.

Trigger a pipeline run

  1. First, validate the pipeline by clicking the Validate button on the toolbar. Close the Pipeline Validation Output window by clicking right-arrow (>>).

    Validate pipeline

  2. To trigger a pipeline run, click Trigger on the toolbar, and click Trigger Now.

    Trigger now

Monitor the pipeline run

  1. Switch to the Monitor tab on the left. You see a pipeline run in the Pipeline Runs list.

    Monitor pipeline runs

  2. To refresh the list, click Refresh.

  3. To view activity runs associated with the pipeline runs, click View activity runs in the Action column. Other action links are for stopping/rerunning the pipeline.

    View activity runs

  4. You see only one activity run since there is only one activity in the pipeline of type HDInsightHive. To switch back to the previous view, click Pipelines link at the top.

    Activity runs

  5. Confirm that you see an output file in the outputfolder of the adftutorial container.

    Output file

You performed the following steps in this tutorial:

  • Create a data factory.
  • Create a self-hosted integration runtime
  • Create Azure Storage and Azure HDInsight linked services
  • Create a pipeline with Hive activity.
  • Trigger a pipeline run.
  • Monitor the pipeline run
  • Verify the output

Advance to the following tutorial to learn about transforming data by using a Spark cluster on Azure: