Get started as a Databricks administrator

Welcome to Databricks, and congratulations on being your team’s administrator! Your journey to solving some of the world’s toughest problems with data starts here.

This getting started tutorial provides step-by-step guidance to get your team up and running on Databricks.

Learn about Databricks

Get familiar with Databricks before you start setting up your account and adding users.

Set up your Databricks account and deploy your workspace

Are you the Databricks account owner? Only you can do the initial setup of your Databricks account and deploy your team’s workspace.

Add users and assign admin rights

Now it’s time to add users and assign admin rights. Any admin user can perform this step: you don’t have to be an account owner. But of course the account owner has to add the first admin user.

At this point, you’ve completed the minimum setup to have a functional Databricks workspace. Congratulations! In a production environment, you should also perform or familiarize yourself with the administrative tasks that follow. If you’re new to Databricks, this might also be a good time to run the Get started as a Databricks user tutorial.

Configure permissions and access control

Now that you have users, you should secure your data by giving your users access only to the Databricks functionality and data they need. This step requires the Premium plan or above. If you don’t have it, contact your Databricks sales representative.

Set up monitoring

To control costs and keep track of all activities being performed in your Databricks account, you will want to take advantage of the available usage monitoring and audit logging features.

Set up support

If you have a Databricks support package, you may want to add users as support contacts and learn how to manage and use the support plan.

Logging a support ticket Engage support using Slack Submitting an idea

Advanced options and best practices

If you have completed the steps above, you have a secure, working Databricks deployment in place. But you might still be interested in learning about these advanced options and best practices.

More resources

Managing your Databricks account is an ongoing process. Administration covers everything an account owner and admin can do. Databricks also provides many excellent resources to help you manage your Databricks account to its fullest potential.

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