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Azure Databases – Restore Local Database To Azure

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Azure Databases – What do you need to do if you have a local database and you want to deploy it to Azure? I saw while researching for this article that there were a few ways to do this.

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The method I’m going to show you now, is a nice quick and easy method. 

Azure Databases Created From Local Copy

To illustrate this I created a SQL database on Azure. Just select the Quick Create option.

Create Azure Databases

Enter a suitable name for the database, select your subscription and server.

New Azure Databases

Your newly created database will now be listed under your databases list on Azure. Click on the database name.

Azure Database List

You will now see the database dashboard, and to the bottom you will see the server name listed.

Azure Database Server Instance

Fire up SQL Server Management Studio

Start your copy of SQL Server Management Studio and connect to your server as set up on Azure, entering the server name and Login credentials.


SQL Server Management Studio will now list the database you created earlier on Azure. As you can see, there are no tables yet.

Azure Databases

The next step is to connect to your local SQL Server instance.

Azure Databases

Once you have done that, you will see your Azure and the Local SQL Server instance listed. Expanding the local database tables, you will see the tables we want to script on the Azure instance.

Azure Databases

Generate Scripts

Right click the local database and select Tasks -> Generate Scripts.

Azure Databases

The script generator will now start. In this instance I have selected to script the entire database.

Azure Databases

Before you create the script, click on the ‘Advanced’ button.

Azure Databases

Under the advanced options, be sure to select to script the database for SQL Azure.

Azure Databases

In my example, I chose to only script the schema but you can script the schema and or data.

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After you are done, create the script.

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Selecting the Azure Database

The next step is to select the Azure database in SQL Server Management Studio and drop the script file in the editor window to open the script up against the Azure database.

Azure Databases

Hit F5 and execute the created script.

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When the script execution completes, you will see the created database tables in the Azure database.

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And to make sure that it all worked, log on to your Azure server and view the tables on your Acme database.

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As you can see, getting your local database on Azure is really simple and all the tools are built right in to SQL Server Management Studio.

Dirk Strauss
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