How to deploy Azure Data Factory pipeline and its dependencies programatically using PowerShell

Since ADF unfortunately doesn’t provide a built-in way for automated deployment, to do this you have to write a custom script. Then you can run it on build server such as VSTS or TeamCity.

If you’re in the interactive mode, you need to login and select the corresponding subscription. If you run the script on build server, the subscription should be selected for you automatically.

Select-AzureRmSubscription -SubscriptionName YourSubName

Here’s the parameters you can’t get programmatically so need to specify explicitly. Last parameter is a path to JSON files that represent the resources to be deployed: linked services, datasets, and pipelines.


First, create the factory itself. Flag -Force helps to continue on error if it already exists. Then load it into a variable:

New-AzureRmDataFactory -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName -Name $DataFactoryName -Location $Location -Force -ErrorAction Stop
$dataFactory = Get-AzureRmDataFactory -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName -Name $DataFactoryName -ErrorAction Stop

Next three loops read files based on the following convention:

  • Linked services start with LinkedService, e.g. LinkedService-Dev.json
  • Datasets start with Dataset, e.g. Dataset-Orders.json
  • Pipelines start with Pipeline, e.g. Pipeline-CopyOrders.json

First, create linked services. If any references a gateway then create it as well. Since the cmdlet doesn’t support flag -Force, we can use -ErrorAction Continue to continue on error if it already exists:

$files = Get-ChildItem $InputFolderPath -Recurse -Include *.json -Filter LinkedService* -ErrorAction Stop
foreach ($file in $files)  
    Write-Output "Creating linked services from $($file.FullName)"
    New-AzureRmDataFactoryLinkedService -DataFactory $dataFactory -File $file.FullName -Force -ErrorAction Stop

    $json = Get-Content $file.FullName -Raw -ErrorAction Stop
    $svc = $json | ConvertFrom-Json
    $gwName = $
    if ($gwName)
        Write-Output "Creating gateway $($gwName) from $($file.FullName)" 
        New-AzureRmDataFactoryGateway -DataFactory $dataFactory -Name $gwName -ErrorAction Continue

Then create datasets:

$files = Get-ChildItem $InputFolderPath -Recurse -Include *.json -Filter Dataset* -ErrorAction Stop
foreach ($file in $files)  
    Write-Output "Creating dataset from $($file.FullName)"
    New-AzureRmDataFactoryDataset -DataFactory $dataFactory -File $file.FullName -Force -ErrorAction Stop 

And finally, pipelines:

$files = Get-ChildItem $InputFolderPath -Recurse -Include *.json -Filter Pipeline* -ErrorAction Stop
foreach ($file in $files)  
    Write-Output "Creating pipeline from $($file.FullName)"
    New-AzureRmDataFactoryPipeline -DataFactory $dataFactory -File $file.FullName -Force -ErrorAction Stop 

That’s it. By this time all pipelines should be deployed, verified and started. Happy data movement!