Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Exporting MSSQL Databases (schema and data) from Azure

Because Microsoft have disabled the ability to perform backups / exports of MSSQL databases from Azure directly from the SQL Management Studio (why?!) we now have to perform this from the Azure Portal.

A new format introduced as a 'bacpac' file allows you to store both the database schema and data within a single (compressed) file.

Open up the Resource Group in the Azure Portal, select the relevant database >> Overview >> and then select the 'Export' button:

Database export

Unfortunately these can't be downloaded directly and will need to be placed into a storage account.

If you wish to import this into another Azure Tenant or an on-premise SQL server you'll need to download the Azure Storage Explorer to download the backup.


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