Restore local database to Azure

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September 9, 2015 by Ruaan Harmzen

If you are on the right track and started moving to Azure 🙂 then sooner or later you will need to move some of your databases to Azure. One option would be to spin up a VM in Azure and manage your own SQL Instance, which in my opinion bypasses the whole idea of SaaS and Azure.

So most probable option is to spin up a databases (or even a table service). Azure does not allow you to restore onsite databases via the portal, luckily there are some great tools that can help:

  • SQL 2014 provides native support for Azure databases and should address most of your requirements
  • Alternatively use the tool from It’s quite comprehensive and allows you to restore\create etc. to Azure from local SQL instances

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