Azure SQL Database is intelligent, fully managed relational cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility.

Using SQL database in Azure you will get the advantage of built-in intelligence that learns app patterns and adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection. Microsoft performs all the patching and updating of the code base and manages the underlying infrastructure for you, so you can save time and resources. With high SQL Server compatibility, you can also migrate your databases to SQL Database Managed Instance without changing your apps.

In this post, We will take a look at the steps involved to create an SQL database on Microsoft Azure and how to test the connectivity.

Create an Azure database and server

  • Log in to the Azure portal with your registered Azure Microsoft account
  • Click on SQL Database Symbol > Click on + Add button for creating a new database
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • Select the Subscription, Resource Group, Database name
  • To Create a Server, Click on Create New and Provide Server name, Set a Server Admin login, and Location

Note:- You need a resource group for creating SQL server. If you don’t have one you can create Resource Group from there by Selecting Create new option. Also if you don’t have a Server, you can choose to create a new form the same window, here we create the server for SQL DB.

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If you need a SQL Elastic Pool, Select Yes in “Want to use SQL elastic Pool” option, else select No

Elastic Pool – SQL Database Elastic Pool is a shared resource model that enables higher resource utilization efficiency, with all the databases within an elastic pool sharing predefined resources within the same pool. The workload pattern is well defined and is highly cost-effective in multitenant scenarios.

An elastic pool is best for new SaaS apps, or for modernizing existing apps to SaaS.

Creating Azure SQL Database

  • Click on Configure Database from Compute + storage to select the appropriate resource for your requirement
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • You can choose the resource based on your requirement either DTU based or Core based – each Pool has a different configuration. Click on Apply
  • Click on Next: Additional Settings
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • You can choose the required option for creating DB and Collation and Click on the tab “Next: Tags”
  • Here we choose None for a blank DB and Collation default
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • You can add Tag for DB and server from here, which is helpful for categorizing and consolidated billing
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • Click on the tab “Next: Review and Create” – Review the details and click on Create
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • In a few minutes, you can see the overview of the DB and Server created
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • Next, you can configure the Access for DB in Firewall
  • Navigate to the Server Created and go to “Firewalls and Virtual Networks” and click on “Add Client IP”

Note:- Your Logged IP will be showing there once you click on Add Client IP. If other IPs are required, you have to add there with Rule Name, start IP and End IP. Azure SQL Database uses firewall rules to allow connections to your servers and databases if you want to use Azure database into the local machine.

Creating Azure SQL Database

Test the Connectivity fo Azure SQL DB from Local Machine

  • To connect to the Azure SQL DB you need the connection String and Server Login details
  • Click SQL Database > Select Database name > Search or Select Overview > Click on Connection String>Copy Server and database details
  • You should have Server name and Credentials you have provided while creating sever
  • Note:- You can connect the DB using ADO.NET, JDBC, ODBC, PHP

    Creating Azure SQL Database

  • Open SQL Server Management Studio from the machine
  • Provide Server details, login details and Server name collected from the previous step to log in the server you created
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

  • After successful login to SSMS, all the databases are loaded into the IDE like below:
  • Creating Azure SQL Database

If you enabled firewall configuration and trying from another IP which is not in the firewall allowed list, you may get a window like below to add the accessing IP to the firewall rule. This appears in case your server name and credentials are matching. You can click on Sign In option from there and allow the current IP if it is required.

Creating Azure SQL Database

Note:- Refer Microsoft Website for More detailed information on Pricing and Resource Allocation


In this article, we have shared some the steps of creating an SQL DB on Microsoft Azure and how to connect using SQL Management Studio.

There other options to connect the DB on Azure from the client machine, especially ODBC is commonly used for the connection, we will share you another post hot to create an ODBC connection to Microsoft Azure SQL DB.

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