Monday, 14 August 2017

Migrating on-premise SQL Database to Windows Azure SQL Database

Migrating on-premise SQL Database to Windows Azure SQL Database

Migrating SQL database(s) from one server to another is one of the common tasks for SQL DBAs. There are several ways to migrate a SQL database(s). I have already covered how to migrate SQL DB on premise here. Today we will see how do we migrate an on-premise SQL Database to Azure SQL Database. Please follow the below step by step procedure to migrate your on-premise SQL Database to Azure-

1.       You need to login to the Source Server first. This is the Server where your Database, which needs to be migrated to Azure, resides. Login with your account and go to the Source database-> Click on Tasks-> Deploy Database to Windows Azure SQL Database.
Migrate your database to Windows azure SQL Database

2.       Upon clicking on Deploy Database to Windows Azure SQL Database you will be presented with the Deploy Database screen which will be an Introductory screen to provide you some information regarding the Wizard. Click Next

Migrating on-premise SQL Database to Windows Azure SQL Database

3.       Next screen will be Deployment Setting Screen where you need to provide the details for the target Server. Under the Specify Target Connection pane you will see a tab to enter Server connection. Click on the connect button which is situated at the right side of the server connection box. A new Connect to Server window will be popped up and there you should furnish the details of the target Server name and Authentication details. After entering the details click on connect.
Migrate your SQL Database to Windows Azure SQL Database, specify target server name
4.       Upon Clicking next, you will be presented with the below window where you can see the connected server name. you need to furnish some details like the new database name and other seeing details like Edition of windows Azure SQL Database, Maximum database size in GB and Service Objective. Here in our example I have selected “Standard” as the edition of Windows Azure SQL database and 250 GB is what I have mentioned as the Max size of the database and S2 as the Service Objective.

Migrate your SQL Database on Azure

Also, you need to specify a backpac file path in the Deployment Settings window. Once you are done with all these things, click next.

5.       Upon clicking next, a summary page will be shown which will have all the details about Source Server and database, target server and database and environment details.
Step by Step document for Migrating SQL Database to Azure

6.       Validate if all the above details are correct and proceed to click finish. Upon finishing the wizard you will see Operation complete message on the screen once all the operations such as Exporting database, Validating database, processing objects, importing database are complete.

Migrate SQL databases to Windows Azure

7.       To verify whether your newly migrated database has been migrated successfully or not you can go to Portal and check it. Login to with your credentials and see if the newly created database has been created under SQL Databases Pane. In our example, I logged into Azure portal and verified that the database with the name “test” has been created successfully under the SQL Databases pane.
Migrating on-premise SQL Database to Windows Azure SQL Database

Hence We have seen that Migrating an on-premise SQL server database to Windows Azure SQL Database is very easy and straight forward.