Quickstart: Create a dedicated SQL pool workload classifier using the Azure portal

In this quickstart, you will create a workload classifier for assigning queries to a workload group. The classifier will assign requests from the ELTLogin SQL user to the DataLoads workload group. Follow the Quickstart: Configure workload isolation tutorial to create the DataLoads workload group. This tutorial will create a workload classifier with the WLM_LABEL option to help further classify requests correctly. The classifier will assign HIGH workload importance to these requests as well.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sign in to the Azure portal

Sign in to the Azure portal.


Creating a dedicated SQL pool instance in Azure Synapse Analytics may result in a new billable service. For more information, see Azure Synapse Analytics pricing.


This quickstart assumes you already have a dedicated SQL pool instance that you have CONTROL DATABASE permissions. If you need to create one, use Create and Connect - portal to create a dedicated SQL pool called mySampleDataWarehouse.

A workload group DataLoads exists. See the Quickstart: Configure workload isolation tutorial to create the workload group.


Your dedicated SQL pool must be online to configure workload management.

Create a login for ELTLogin

Create a SQL Server authentication login in the master database using CREATE LOGIN for ELTLogin.

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.sql_logins WHERE name = 'ELTLogin')
CREATE LOGIN [ELTLogin] WITH PASSWORD='<strongpassword>'

Create user and grant permissions

After the login is created, a user needs to be created in the database. Use CREATE USER to create the SQL user ELTRole in the mySampleDataWarehouse. Since we will test the classification during this tutorial, grant ELTLogin permissions to mySampleDataWarehouse.

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.database_principals WHERE name = 'ELTLogin')

Configure workload classification

Classification allows you to route requests, based on a set of rules, to a workload group. In the Quickstart: Configure workload isolation tutorial we created the DataLoads workload group. Now you will create a workload classifier to route queries to the DataLoads workload group.

  1. Navigate to your mySampleDataWarehouse dedicated SQL pool page.

  2. Select Workload management.

    Click Menu

  3. Select Settings & classifiers on the right-hand side of the DataLoads workload group.

    Click Create

  4. Select Not configured under the Classifiers column.

  5. Select + Add classifier.

    Click Add

  6. Enter ELTLoginDataLoads for Name.

  7. Enter ELTLogin for Member.

  8. Choose High for Request Importance. Optional, normal importance is default.

  9. Enter fact_loads for Label.

  10. Select Add.

  11. Select Save.

    Click Config

Verify and test classification

Check the sys.workload_management_workload_classifiers catalog view to verify existence of the ELTLoginDataLoads classifier.

SELECT * FROM sys.workload_management_workload_classifiers WHERE name = 'ELTLoginDataLoads'

Check the sys.workload_management_workload_classifier_details catalog view to verify classifier details.

SELECT c.[name], c.group_name, c.importance, cd.classifier_type, cd.classifier_value
  FROM sys.workload_management_workload_classifiers c
  JOIN sys.workload_management_workload_classifier_details cd
    ON cd.classifier_id = c.classifier_id
  WHERE c.name = 'ELTLoginDataLoads'

Run the following statements to test classification. Ensure you are connected as ELTLogin and Label is used in query.

CREATE TABLE factstaging (ColA int)
INSERT INTO factstaging VALUES(0)
INSERT INTO factstaging VALUES(1)
INSERT INTO factstaging VALUES(2)

SELECT * FROM factstaging
OPTION (LABEL='fact_loads')

Verify the CREATE TABLE statement classified to the DataLoads workload group using the ELTLoginDataLoads workload classifier.

SELECT TOP 1 request_id, classifier_name, group_name, resource_allocation_percentage, submit_time, [status], [label], command 
FROM sys.dm_pdw_exec_requests 
WHERE [label] = 'fact_loads'
ORDER BY submit_time DESC

Clean up resources

To delete the ELTLoginDataLoads workload classifier created in this tutorial:

  1. Click on 1 Classifier on the right-hand side of the DataLoads workload group.

    Click Delete

  2. Click on Classifiers.

  3. Click on the ... to the right of the ELTLoginDataLoads workload classifier.

  4. Click on Delete.

  5. Click on Save.

    Click Save

You're being charged for data warehouse units and data stored in your dedicated SQL pool. These compute and storage resources are billed separately.

  • If you want to keep the data in storage, you can pause compute when you aren't using your dedicated SQL pool. By pausing compute, you're only charged for data storage. When you're ready to work with the data, resume compute.
  • If you want to remove future charges, you can delete your dedicated SQL pool.

Follow these steps to clean up resources.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal, select your dedicated SQL pool.

    Clean up resources

  2. To pause compute, select the Pause button. When the dedicated SQL pool is paused, you see a Start button. To resume compute, select Start.

  3. To remove your dedicated SQL pool so you're not charged for compute or storage, select Delete.

Next steps

Monitor your workload using the Azure portal monitoring metrics. See Manage and monitor Workload Management for details.