Understanding SQL Azure - Part One


This article will cover the following things,

  • Brief Concepts and Pre-requisites
  • Implementation – Create SQL DB on Azure Platform
  • Implementation – Use SQL Azure in VS 2017

Brief Concepts

What is SQL Azure

  • It’s a Microsoft’s cloud database service.
  • It’s based on SQL Server database technology and built on Azure cloud computing platform.
  • It enables organizations to store relational data in the cloud and quickly scale the size of their databases up or down as business needs change.
  • Its hosted, managed and provisioned in Microsoft data centers.


Read the following article to create an Azure account and for some basic information about Azure to get started.

Implementation – Create SQL DB on Azure Platform

Steps to be followed,

  • Open Azure portal and go to SQL databases section and click on the Add symbol to add “SQL database”

  • Fill the details of SQL, consisting of database name and use the existing resource group and create it.

  • New DB has been added there, see the database section.

Implementation – Use SQL Azure in VS 2017

Steps to be followed,

  • Open VS 2017 and refresh the SQL Databases and check the new database added there.

  • Extract the relevant details from the SQL Azure like server-name, connection-string and all.

  • Go to the VS and see the Data Connections and “add connection” and chose SQL server option.

  • Add the new firewall rule and press OK

  • Click on the database which has been recently created and click on “Open SQL Explorer” and connect using credentials

  • After connect, connection will be shown in SQL server section under SQL server Object Explorer

  • Go to the database and Add/Create a table Customer there with couple of fields ID and Name and click on the Update button.

  • Click on the Update Database button to create it into the SQL Azure on the portal and wait for some time.

  • See how the database has been updated by excuting the script on the database on Azure.

  • See the SQL Server Object Explorer and see the new table created there.

Happy learning!