SQL Database

Official Documentation

Service Description

SQL Database integrates relational database technology as a true cloud service into the Microsoft Azure platform. This includes a relational database and a synchronization service that can be used to synchronize the content of multiple databases. The administrative overhead is kept to a minimum because it is mostly handled by Microsoft Azure. With SQL Database, Microsoft Azure is equipped with a true relational database that is interface-compatible with SQL Server. Thanks to this compatibility, SQL Database can be accessed via familiar technologies (e.g., Entity Framework, ADO.NET, JDBC) and tools (e.g., SQL Server Management Studio). In many cases, addressing the target database using the connection string for a corresponding cloud database is sufficient.

Functionally, SQL Database maps a subset of SQL Server. The familiar database constructs such as tables, views, joins, atomic transactions, data integrity for competing accesses, etc. are available. The SQL security architecture is likewise supported, with the ability to create users and to assign them permissions.

In contrast with SQL Server (including an SQL server operated in a virtual machine), SQL Database is a true cloud service. Management of the environment (configuration of hardware and system software, monitoring, patch installation, etc.) is handled completely by Microsoft Azure. Setting up a new database server with an associated database takes a matter of seconds, and a database can be deleted just as quickly. Billing is based on the duration of provisioning and the size of the database.

Getting Started

  1. SQL Database Learning Path
    10/3/2016, Webpage
  2. SQL Database Elastic Pools Learning Path
    10/3/2016, Webpage
  3. Get started with Azure SQL Database
    9/28/2015, Video, 0:30:43
  4. Explore Azure SQL Database - the intelligent cloud database for app developers
    9/28/2016, Video, 0:55:04
  5. Use Relational Database as a Service
    12/10/2015, Mva
  6. Azure207x - Databases in Azure
    5/31/2017, Mva



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Azure Documentation

1. SQL DB Documentation
2. Overview
     2.1. About SQL DB
3. Quickstarts
     3.1. Create DB - Portal
     3.2. Create DB - Azure CLI
     3.3. Create DB - Azure PowerShell
     3.4. Connect & query
          3.4.1. SSMS
          3.4.2. VS Code
          3.4.3. .NET with Visual Studio
          3.4.4. .NET core
          3.4.5. PHP
          3.4.6. Node.js
          3.4.7. Java
          3.4.8. Python
          3.4.9. Ruby
4. Tutorials
     4.1. 1 - Design DB using SSMS
     4.2. 1 - Design DB using .NET
     4.3. 2 - Migrate SQL Server DB
     4.4. 3 - Secure your SQL DB
     4.5. 4 - Implement a geo-distributed database
5. Samples
     5.1. Code samples
     5.2. Azure CLI
     5.3. Azure PowerShell
6. Concepts
     6.1. Service features
          6.1.1. Overview
          6.1.2. Service tiers
          6.1.3. Resource limits
          6.1.4. Single databases
          6.1.5. Elastic pools
          6.1.6. Connectivity architecture
          6.1.7. Firewall rules
          6.1.8. Firewall virtual network rules
          6.1.9. DTUs and eDTUs
          6.1.10. DTU benchmark
          6.1.11. PaaS or IaaS
          6.1.12. Auditing
          6.1.13. Threat detection
          6.1.14. Database backups
          6.1.15. Backup retention
          6.1.16. Failover groups
          6.1.17. Elastic client library
          6.1.18. Elastic queries
          6.1.19. Elastic transactions
          6.1.20. Elastic jobs
          6.1.21. SQL Vulnerability Assessment
          6.1.22. SQL Server common features
     6.2. Security
          6.2.1. Overview
          6.2.2. Access control
          6.2.3. Azure AD
          6.2.4. Logins and users
          6.2.5. Multi-factor auth
          6.2.6. Table auditing & TDS
          6.2.7. Data masking
     6.3. Business continuity
          6.3.1. Overview
          6.3.2. Database recovery
          6.3.3. Configure security
          6.3.4. App design & recovery
          6.3.5. App design & pools
          6.3.6. App design & app upgrades
          6.3.7. Recover from outage
          6.3.8. Perform recovery drill
     6.4. Migrate to SQL Database
          6.4.1. Migrate SQL Server DB
          6.4.2. T-SQL changes
          6.4.3. Manage database after migration
     6.5. Load & move data
          6.5.1. Copy a DB
          6.5.2. Import a DB
          6.5.3. Export a DB
          6.5.4. Sync data
     6.6. Monitor & tune
          6.6.1. Overview
          6.6.2. Perf monitoring
          6.6.3. Perf recommendations
          6.6.4. Automatic tuning
          6.6.5. Intelligent Insights
          6.6.6. Intelligence Insights diagnostics log
          6.6.7. Manual tuning
          6.6.8. Operate query store
          6.6.9. Extended events
          6.6.10. Monitor in-memory
     6.7. Scale out
          6.7.1. Overview
          6.7.2. Shard maps
          6.7.3. Query routing
          6.7.4. Manage credentials
          6.7.5. Shard querying
          6.7.6. Elastic tools
          6.7.7. Move sharded data
          6.7.8. Elastic client library - Dapper
          6.7.9. Elastic tools FAQ
     6.8. Multi-tenant SaaS
          6.8.1. SaaS design patterns
          6.8.2. SaaS app security
     6.9. Develop databases
          6.9.1. JSON data
          6.9.2. In-memory
          6.9.3. Temporal tables
          6.9.4. Retention policies
          6.9.5. Configure In-Memory
     6.10. Develop apps
          6.10.1. Overview
          6.10.2. Connectivity
          6.10.3. Authenticate app
          6.10.4. Error messages
          6.10.5. Batching for perf
          6.10.6. Connectivity guidance
          6.10.7. Ports - ADO.NET
7. How-to guides
     7.1. Service features
          7.1.1. Upgrade elastic database client library
          7.1.2. Install elastic job
          7.1.3. Create job - Portal
          7.1.4. Create job - Azure PowerShell
          7.1.5. Create job - Sample app
          7.1.6. Uninstall elastic job
          7.1.7. Query vertically partitioned data
          7.1.8. Report across scaled-out data tier
          7.1.9. Query across tables with different schemas
     7.2. Security
          7.2.1. Configure Azure AD auth
          7.2.2. Conditional access
          7.2.3. Always encrypted cert store
          7.2.4. Always encrypted key vault
          7.2.5. Configure masking
          7.2.6. Configure multi-factor auth
          7.2.7. Virtual network rules by PowerShell
     7.3. Business continuity
          7.3.1. Configure vault - backups
          7.3.2. Geo-replicate - Portal
     7.4. Load & move data
          7.4.1. Load data with BCP
          7.4.2. Load data with ADF
          7.4.3. Sync data
     7.5. Monitor & tune
          7.5.1. Monitor & improve performance
          7.5.2. Use Query Performance Insight
          7.5.3. Apply performance recommendations
          7.5.4. Enable automatic tuning
          7.5.5. Intelligent Insights performance troubleshooting
          7.5.6. Use DMVs to monitor perf
          7.5.7. Create alerts
          7.5.8. Extended events - event file
          7.5.9. Extended events - ring buffer
          7.5.10. Diagnostic logging
          7.5.11. Troubleshoot connectivity
          7.5.12. Azure Automation
     7.6. Scale out
          7.6.1. Create sharded app
          7.6.2. Query horizontally-sharded data
          7.6.3. Move sharded data
          7.6.4. Security configuration
          7.6.5. Add a shard
          7.6.6. Fix shard map problems
          7.6.7. Migrate sharded DB
          7.6.8. Create counters
          7.6.9. Use entity framework
     7.7. Multi-tenant SaaS
          7.7.1. Tutorial intro
          7.7.2. Deploy example app
          7.7.3. Provision tenants
          7.7.4. Monitor database performance
          7.7.5. Monitor with log analytics
          7.7.6. Restore single tenant
          7.7.7. Manage tenant schema
          7.7.8. Run ad-hoc queries
          7.7.9. ETL for analysis
     7.8. Develop apps
          7.8.1. C and C ++
          7.8.2. Excel
8. Reference
     8.1. Azure PowerShell
     8.2. PowerShell (Elastic DB)
     8.3. Azure CLI 2.0
     8.4. .NET
     8.5. Java
     8.6. Node.js
     8.7. Python
     8.8. Ruby
     8.9. PHP
     8.10. T-SQL
     8.11. REST
     8.12. SQL Server tools
     8.13. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
     8.14. SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
     8.15. BCP
     8.16. SQLCMD
     8.17. SqlPackage
     8.18. SQL Database Management Library package
     8.19. SQL Server drivers
          8.19.1. ADO.NET
          8.19.2. JDBC
          8.19.3. ODBC
9. Resources
     9.1. Azure Roadmap
     9.2. FAQ
     9.3. Public data sets
     9.4. Troubleshoot connectivity
     9.5. Pricing
     9.6. MSDN forum
     9.7. Stack Overflow
     9.8. Videos
     9.9. Service updates
     9.10. Architecture center
     9.11. Customer stories

Online Training Content

Date Title
5/31/2017 Azure207x - Databases in Azure
5/24/2017 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
5/24/2017 Orchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory
5/24/2017 Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases
3/24/2017 Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Data Services
3/5/2017 Cloud Application Development
2/25/2017 SQL Database Fundamentals
2/3/2017 SQL Database Fundamentals
12/2/2016 Web and Data Application Development with Visual Studio 2017 and Azure
9/30/2016 Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

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Tools

Tool Description
Enable diagnostics and OMS on Azure SQL DB DescriptionThis PowerShell automation runbook enables diagnostics on a SQL Database and forward logs to OMS. The script can enable multiple SQL Servers at once and multiple SQL Databases - but also with the possibility to enable single items. 
Microsoft Data Migration Assistant Data Migration Assistant (DMA) delivers scenarios that reduce the effort to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality after an upgrade. It recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment. DMA replaces SQL Server Upgrade Advisor.
Azure Feature Pack for Integration Services (SSIS) SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Feature Pack for Azure for SQL Server 2016 is an extension that provides the following components for SSIS to connect to Azure, transfer data between Azure and on-premises data sources, and process data stored in Azure.
CloudMonix CloudMonix enhances Microsoft Azure by providing deep monitoring of most of Azure's infrastructure via live dashboards, ability to self-heal from many different production issues, on-demand historical performance and uptime reports, customizable alerts & notifications, sophisticated auto-scaling engine, integration to third party systems, and a lot more.
SQL Database Migration Wizard SQL Database Migration Wizard (SQLAzureMW) is designed to help you migrate your SQL Server 2005/2008/2012/2014 databases to Azure SQL Database.

Videos

Date Title Length
10/17/2017 Introducing the new Import Flat File Wizard in SSMS 17.3 0:11:29
10/5/2017 Protect Azure IaaS deployments using Microsoft Azure Security Center | BRK2396 1:12:17
9/30/2017 Azure SQL Database: The world's first intelligent cloud database service 1:08:56
9/30/2017 Keep your data in sync between SQL Server and Azure SQL Database 1:22:04
9/30/2017 Building a better data solution: Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Data Services 0:40:38
9/30/2017 Secure your data in Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse 0:55:37
9/29/2017 Successfully migrating existing databases to Microsoft Azure SQL Database 0:12:52
9/29/2017 Learning from MYOB: Design patterns for SaaS applications on Azure SQL Database 1:21:37
9/29/2017 Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure 1:16:02
9/29/2017 Customer success stories: Migrating on-premises workload to Azure SQL Database 1:09:19

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