Using Azure Databricks to Import and Analyze Data

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Adding Customer Data to Azure Data Lake Store
Creating an Azure Databricks Workspace
Creating a Spark Cluster and Python Notebook in Azure Databricks
Importing Azure Data Lake Storage Data into Databricks
Interacting with Data in Azure Databricks

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Time Limit1h


Azure Databricks is an analytics platform powered by Apache Spark. Spark is a unified analytics engine capable of working with virtually every major database, data caching service, and data warehouse provider. In addition to it working with most providers, companies use Spark because it uses in-memory computing among other optimizations to offer very fast analytics. Azure Databricks enables companies to integrate their data analytics solutions into their existing Azure infrastructure. In this lab, you'll load data into Azure Data Lake Store and use Databricks to interact with that data through a Databricks workspace and cluster that you'll configure.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Load data into Azure Data Lake Store
  • Create and manage a Databricks workspace
  • Create and manage a Databricks cluster
  • Mount data into a Databricks workspace from Azure Data Lake Store
  • Interact with data using Databricks

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Azure administrators
  • Cloud engineers and solutions architects
  • Data engineers
  • Anyone with a need to visualize and analyze data in Azure


You should be familiar with:


March 7th, 2023 - Updated screenshots and instructions to reflect the latest UI

May 09, 2022 - Updated screenshots and instructions for clarity

Nov 3rd, 2021 - Updated instruction to resolve the login issue with Azure Databricks

October 23rd, 2021 - Provide a workaround for an Azure Active Directory issue that initially prevents logging in to Databricks

September 7th, 2021 - Updated instructions and images to reflect the latest portal experience

June 15th, 2021 - Updated the instruction to reflect the latest portal experience

June 22nd, 2020 - Clarified the format of the Azure Data Lake Storage URL and included a screenshot to avoid confusion 

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Matt has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies as a DevOps Engineer and Solutions Architect. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, and an AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate. He enjoys reading and learning new technologies.