Microsoft Graph Data Connect – Introduction & Configuration


Sathish Nadarajan
SharePoint MVP
Published On :   30 Oct 2018
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In this article, let us see what is Graph Data Connect and how to configure the Graph Data Connect in our tenant.

Graph Data Connect – Is nothing but, pull the entire office 365 tenant information and keep it in a separate data storage, from where we can do any sort of Application insights.

For example, I am going to Pull the entire organizations mail box metadata and keep it in a Azure Blob Storage, from where I can utilize those data to do any sort of BI application.

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In the above diagram, it is clearly explained that, the data from the Office 365 can be extracted and kept in the Azure. With this, since the data of the customer resides inside their Azure tenant itself, the security of the data has been taken care of.

From Azure, we can utilize the data for any kind of BI applications.

In simple words, Graph Data Connect is

1. Creating a new model, which will extract the Users Centric data from Office 365 and push it to Azure with in their tenant.

2. Allows the developers to build intelligent applications using the Office 365 and Azure Resources.

3. When we try to pull the customers data, we are seeking an approval from the customer.

Comparing the Graph API and Graph Data Connect

Graph APIs

Graph data connect

Access scope

Single use / entire tenant

Many users / groups

Access pattern

Real time

Recurrent schedule

Data operations

Operates on data master

Operates on cache of the data

Data protection

Data is protected while in Microsoft 365

Data protection is extended to the cache of data in your Azure subscription

User consent

Self; resource types

None

Admin consent

Entire organization; resource types

Select groups of users; resource types & properties; excludes users

Access tools

RESTful web queries

Azure Data Factory

What we are going to do?

a. Data Resides inside Office 365.

b. Create a Pipeline, which will extract the data from O365.

c. Keeps the data on the Azure Blob Storage.

d. From there, the Developers can build intelligent applications.

How to configure Graph Data Connect for our Tenant?

It is a very simple step, which we need to enable at the tenant level.

1. Create a Group by landing in https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal/Home#/groups

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The Group should be “Main Enabled Security Group”

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2. Go to the Services & Add Ins.

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Select the Graph Data Connect

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Enable it and select the Mailer security group which we created.

Ensure that, we need at least two users with admin privilege on that user group. Let us discuss further about this on the upcoming articles.

Happy Coding,

Sathish Nadarajan.

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