Quickstart: Create a dedicated SQL pool using Synapse Studio

Azure Synapse Analytics offers various analytics engines to help you ingest, transform, model, and analyze your data. A dedicated SQL pool offers T-SQL based compute and storage capabilities. After creating a dedicated SQL pool in your Synapse workspace, data can be loaded, modeled, processed, and delivered for faster analytic insight.

This quickstart describes the steps to create a dedicated SQL pool in a Synapse workspace using Synapse Studio.

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Sign in to the Azure portal

Sign in to the Azure portal

  1. Navigate to the Synapse workspace where the dedicated SQL pool will be created by typing the service name (or resource name directly) into the search bar.

    Azure portal search bar with Synapse workspaces typed in.

  2. From the list of workspaces, type the name (or part of the name) of the workspace to open. For this example, we'll use a workspace named contosoanalytics.

    Listing of Synapse workspaces filtered to show those containing the name Contoso.

Launch Synapse Studio

  1. From the workspace overview, select the Workspace web URL to launch Synapse Studio.

    Azure portal Synapse workspace overview with Workspace web URL highlighted.

Create a dedicated SQL pool in Synapse Studio

  1. On the Synapse Studio home page, navigate to the Management Hub in the left navigation by selecting the Manage icon.

    Synapse Studio home page with Management Hub section highlighted.

  2. Once in the Management Hub, navigate to the SQL pools section to see the current list of SQL pools that are available in the workspace.

    Synapse Studio management hub with SQL pools navigation selected

  3. Select + New command and the new SQL pool create wizard will appear.

    Synapse Studio Management Hub listing of SQL pools.

  4. Enter the following details in the Basics tab:

    Setting Suggested value Description 
    SQL pool name contosoedw This is the name that the dedicated SQL pool will have.
    Performance level DW100c Set this to the smallest size to reduce costs for this quickstart

    SQL pools create flow - basics tab.


    Note that there are specific limitations for the names that dedicated SQL pools can use. Names can't contain special characters, must be 60 or less characters, not contain reserved words, and be unique in the workspace.

  5. In the next tab, Additional settings, select none to provision the SQL pool without data. Leave the default collation as selected.

    If you want to restore your dedicated SQL pool from a restore point, select Restore point. For more information on how to perform a restore, see How-to: Restore an existing dedicated SQL pool

    SQL pool create flow - additional settings tab.

  6. We won't add any tags for now, so next select Review + create.

  7. In the Review + create tab, make sure that the details look correct based on what was previously entered, and press create.

    SQL pool create flow - review settings tab.

  8. At this point, the resource provisioning flow will start.

  9. After the provisioning completes, navigating back to the workspace will show a new entry for the newly created SQL pool.

    SQL pool create flow - resource provisioning.

  10. Once the dedicated SQL pool is created, it will be available in the workspace for loading data, processing streams, reading from the lake, etc.

Clean up dedicated SQL pool using Synapse Studio

Follow the steps below to delete the dedicated SQL pool from the workspace using Synapse Studio.


Deleting a dedicated SQL pool will remove the analytics engine from the workspace. It will no longer be possible to connect to the pool, and all queries, pipelines, scripts that use this dedicated SQL pool will no longer work.

If you want to delete the dedicated SQL pool, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the SQL pools in the Management Hub in Synapse Studio.

  2. Select the ellipsis in the dedicated SQL pool to be deleted (in this case, contosoedw) to show the commands for the dedicated SQL pool:

    Listing of SQL pools, with the recently created pool selected.

  3. Press delete.

  4. Confirm the deletion, and press Delete button.

  5. When the process completes successfully, the dedicated SQL pool will no longer be listed in the workspace resources.

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