Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Microsoft Purview (formerly Azure Purview)

Overview

Many organizations lack a holistic understanding of their data. It's challenging to understand what data exists, where data is located, and how to find and access relevant data. Data lacks context such as lineage, classification, and comprehensive metadata, making it difficult for business users to search for the right data and use that data appropriately. As a result, only a small fraction of collected data is used to inform business decisions. Finally, identifying data security issues and protecting sensitive data is inconsistent. It requires ongoing time and effort, especially while maintaining data agility.

Microsoft Purview is a data governance solution. It helps customers gain deep knowledge of all their data while maintaining control over its use. With Microsoft Purview, organizations discover and curate data. They gain insights into their data estate, and centrally govern access to data.

Purpose of this FAQ

This FAQ answers common questions that customers and field teams often ask. It's intended to clarify questions about Microsoft Purview and related solutions, such as Azure Data Catalog (ADC) Gen 2 (deprecated) and Azure Information Protection.

Does this FAQ include information about the Microsoft Purview compliance portal?

No. For the FAQ about Microsoft Purview risk and compliance solutions, see Microsoft Purview compliance documentation

Where can I submit feedback or feature requests?

You can submit feature requests on our feedback page which is checked regularly by the product team.

If you have an issue with Microsoft Purview, reach out to support.

If you have feedback about the documentation, reach out using the feedback button at the bottom of every documentation page.

What are the source types available for metadata scanning and classification?

There are many sources available, and we're adding more all the time. For a full list of sources and all their available capabilities, see our supported data sources article.

Does Microsoft Purview support scanning zipped files?

Currently, Microsoft Purview supports scanning GZIP files that contain a single CSV. For more information, see supported file types for scanning.

Do Microsoft Purview scans impact operational database performance?

It depends. The amount of load on a database will be dependent on the number of assets being scanned, and complexity of the table schema (like number of columns, etc.). Microsoft Purview only samples a subset of the data to determine classification. For sampling related details, see the supported data sources documentation. It's recommended to schedule scans outside of normal business hours. For scanning best practices, see the scanning best practices documentation.

Can I customize the number of rows scanned?

No. Number of rows scanned is determined by the data source being scanned. For more information, see our sampling documentation.

What data systems/processors can we connect and get lineage?

Our lineage offering updates often. For a full list of systems, see our lineage user guide.

Microsoft Purview (formerly Azure Purview) originally began as ADC Gen 2 but has since broadened in scope. It now embraces the advanced catalog capabilities of ADC Gen 2 combined with the data classification, labeling, and compliance policy enforcement capabilities of Azure Information Protection. Today, it aligns more closely to the broader industry definition of data governance.

What happens to customers using ADC Gen 1?

Microsoft Purview is the focus of all product innovation in the catalog solution space for Microsoft. ADC Gen 1 will continue to be supported.

Can customers have multiple Microsoft Purview accounts in the same subscription?

Yes, we support many Microsoft Purview accounts per subscription and per tenant.

Can I run ADC Gen 1 and Microsoft Purview in parallel?

Yes. Both are independent services.

How do I migrate existing ADC Gen 1 data assets to Microsoft Purview?

Use the Microsoft Purview APIs to extract from ADC Gen 1 and ingest into Microsoft Purview. For the glossary, we support bulk tools based on CSV.

How do I encrypt sensitive data for SQL tables using Microsoft Purview?

Data encryption is done at the data source level. Microsoft Purview stores only the metadata. It doesn't preview data.

Will all the capabilities of ADC Gen 2 exist in Microsoft Purview?

Yes.

What's the difference between a glossary and classification?

A glossary uses a naming convention followed by non-technical/business users of the data, also known as data consumers. These types of people are business analysts or data scientists who use Microsoft Purview to search for certain types of data, based on business usage. For instance, supply chain analysts might need to search for the terms SKU types and shipment details. They search the glossary for these terms to find relevant data. Classification is a tag applied to a data asset at the table, column, or file level that identifies what data exists in the asset. Classification can be applied automatically or manually, based on the type of data found. Typically, you use classification tags to identify whether an asset contains sensitive data, and what type of sensitive data that might be.

Can Microsoft Purview (formerly Azure Purview) scan and classify emails, PDFs etc. in my SharePoint and OneDrive?

Currently, Microsoft Purview (formerly Azure Purview) doesn't support scanning SharePoint and OneDrive. Scanning for on-premises SharePoint sites and libraries is provided through the Azure Information Protection scanner. The scanner is available for use through a customer's Microsoft 365 subscription with the following SKUs: AIP P1, EMS E3, and Microsoft 365 E3. If you have any one of these SKUs, you should have the right entitlements to start using the Azure Information Protection scanner.

What is the compute used for the scan?

There's a Microsoft-managed scanning infrastructure. For most Azure/AWS resources that we support, you don't need to deploy a scanning infrastructure.

Is there a way to create a Microsoft Purview account programatically? For example, using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template / CLI / PowerShell?

I'm already using Atlas, can I easily move to Microsoft Purview?

Microsoft Purview is compatible with Atlas API. If you're migrating from Atlas, it's recommended to scan your data sources first using Microsoft Purview. Once the assets are available in your account, you can use similar Atlas APIs to integrate such as updating assets or adding custom lineage. Microsoft Purview modifies the Search API to use Azure Search so you should be able to use Advance Search.

Can I create multiple catalogs in my tenant?

Yes, you can create multiple Microsoft Purview accounts per subscription and per tenant. You can review the limits page Manage and increase quotas for resources with Microsoft Purview.

More recommendations on when you should or shouldn't have multiple accounts are documented in our Microsoft Purview deployment best practices.

Can I register multiple tenants within a single Microsoft Purview account?

No, currently in order to scan another tenant's data source, you need to create a separate Microsoft Purview account in that tenant.

Does Microsoft Purview support column level lineage?

Yes, Microsoft Purview supports column level lineage.

Does Microsoft Purview support Soft-Delete?

Yes, Microsoft Purview supports Soft Delete for Azure subscription status management perspective. Microsoft Purview can read subscription states (disabled/warned etc.) and put the account in soft-delete state until the account is restored/deleted. All the data plane API calls will be blocked when the account is in soft delete state and only GET/DELETE control plane API calls will be allowed. You can find additional information in Azure subscription states page Azure Subscription Status

Does Microsoft Purview Data Map support data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities?

No, the data map doesn't currently provide the data loss prevention capabilities that are supported for Microsoft 365 apps and services.

Read about Data Loss Prevention in Microsoft Purview Information Protection if you're interested in data loss prevention for Microsoft 365 apps and services.

Can I use the same self-hosted integration runtime (SHIR) for both Microsoft Purview and Azure Data Factory?

No. For more information about the SHIR, see our self-hosted integration runtime documentation.

How do I use the REST API for Microsoft Purview?

You can follow our documentation for examples: using the REST API to access the data catalog, and using the REST API to manage access control. We also have a tutorial for using the Python SDK, and Atlas 2.2 APIs.

For network, security, and firewall configuration recommendations, see our security best practices documentation.

Does Microsoft Purview have master data management (MDM) capabilities?

Does Microsoft Purview support custom insights?

No. Microsoft Purview Data Estate Insights don't currently support custom insights. For more information about the available insights, see the Microsoft Purview Data Estate Insights documentation.