When You Can’t Change the Connected Git Repo on ADF

I was working on an Azure Data Factory project for a client who is new to ADF, and there was a miscommunication about the new Git Repo to be used for source control. Someone had created a new project and repo instead of using the existing one created for this purpose. This isn’t a big deal, as it’s easy enough to change in ADF Studio.

The Git Configuration page in Azure Data Factory Studio shows the connected repository and has a button to disconnect from the repository.
The Management Hub in Azure Data Factory Studio contains the Git configuration settings

In the Management Hub, you can change the Git configuration for the data factory, and there is a button near the top to disconnect the repo. You may need to do this if you run into conflicts in the publish branch or when you need to change repos.

It should be as easy as that, but I ran into a situation where it wasn’t.

Disconnect Button Unavailable

When I arrived at the Git configuration page, I found the Disconnect button to be disabled. This was confusing as I am an Owner and Data Factory Contributor on this resource.

I asked my client to disconnect the repo and moved on with the project, but I also logged some feedback for the Data Factory team. You can do this by selecting the Feedback button near the top right of the page in Azure Data Factory Studio. I have done this a few times and always received a prompt response.

The feedback button in ADF Studio is selected. It opens a new dialog that allows you to choose from two options: "I have feedback" and "I have a feature suggestion". From there, you can enter your email address and your feedback.
You can send feedback from within Azure Data Factory Studio

I sent my feedback and received an email response within a couple of days. It contained a few helpful bits of information.

To disconnect git from the ADF management tab, you must be in git mode and be able to access the repository. If you are not able to access the repository but have permissions to update the factory, you can remove the git configuration via the REST API. Here is documentation on this API call: Factories – Configure Factory Repo – REST API (Azure Data Factory) | Microsoft Docs. In this case, repoConfiuration should be set to null in the request body, and the rest of the PUT body should be the same as the existing settings.

Alternatively, the git connection can be removed from the ADF management tab by either gaining access to the repository or having another ADF user with access remove the configuration. I also understand that this is not an ideal experience, so I have filed a work item to remove the requirement to have access to the repository.

This identified my situation exactly. I did not have access to the new repo that had been connected to the data factory. That caused me to be unable to disconnect it.

Hopefully the work item that removes the requirement for repo access before you can disconnect the data factory will be completed soon, but if you run into this issue, you can resolve it on your own using the API or a colleague with repo access.

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