Use Azure with SQL Server without Moving to the Cloud: A Step-by-Step Guide
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Use Azure with SQL Server without Moving to the Cloud: A Step-by-Step Guide

3 min

Azure is a powerful hosting and management platform for SQL Server databases, including the latest SQL Server 2022. In this article you can find out how to use SQL Server 2022 on Azure. Moreover, we provide a guide on how to set up an Azure environment to deploy and manage SQL Server databases. This guide will further teach you how to leverage the capabilities of Azure and take advantage of SQL Server 2022 and its new features.

Check out the new features of SQL Server 2022 in our blog “SQL Server 2022: What's New?”.

Integrating SQL Server and Azure: Benefits

By combining on-premise SQL resources with Azure cloud resources, you can unlock the scalability and elasticity for SQL Server. This way you can benefit from the high availability and resiliency, with automatic data replication and failover capability worldwide.  Moreover, you will be able to easily adjust storage and processing resources as needed.

You can easily manage your SQL Server environment with the Azure portal with the help of features such as automatic backups, performance monitoring, and security updates. Azure also provides advanced features such as artificial intelligence services, data analytics, and IoT.

When it comes to the data encryption function, the main priorities of the integration between SQL Server and Azure are security and compliance. Another advantage are the flexible pricing models and benefits of Azure Reservations which help you save costs in the short term.

While Azure offers numerous advantages, it is important to explore alternative deployment options that may better match your specific requirements. Read more whether Linux or Windows Sever is the best platform for your SQL Server Deployment

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How to Set Up SQL Server on Azure? Step by Step Guide

Below you will find a step by step guideline of how to set up your SQL Server on Azure.

Step 1: Set up an Azure Account

Sign up for an Azure account if you don't already have one. Then navigate to the Azure portal and create a new resource group to organize your Azure resources.

Step 2: Create an Azure SQL Server

In the Azure portal, create a new Azure SQL Server instance. Here you can configure the server settings, such as server name, login credentials, and firewall rules.

Step 3: Deploy SQL Server 2022 on Azure

Connect to your Azure SQL Server by using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) or Azure Data Studio. Execute the necessary SQL scripts to create databases, tables, and other objects.

Step 4: Utilize Azure Services

Explore various Azure services that can enhance your SQL Server 2022 deployment, such as Azure Virtual Machines for hosting SQL Server instances or Azure SQL Managed Instance for a fully managed database service.

Step 5: Enhance Security and Performance

Implement security measures, such as enabling Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) and configuring firewall rules to restrict access to your Azure SQL Server. You can optimize the overall performance by leveraging features like Query Store, Intelligent Performance, and Automatic Tuning available in SQL Server 2022.

Step 6: Scaling and Monitoring

Learn how to scale your Azure SQL Server resources up or down based on your workload requirements. By setting up monitoring and alerting using Azure Monitor you can gain more insight into the performance and health of your SQL Server deployment.

Step 7: Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

Configure automated backups and implement disaster recovery strategies for your Azure SQL Server databases using features like Azure Backup and Geo-Replication.

Step 8: Explore Integration Options

You can explore further integration options with other Azure services, such as Azure Data Factory for data integration and Azure Analysis Services for business intelligence and analytics.

Step 9: Cost Optimization

Implement cost optimization strategies, such as leveraging Azure Reserved Instances or utilizing Azure Hybrid Benefit to reduce licensing costs.


Using Azure with SQL Server 2022 without fully moving to the cloud allows you to enjoy the benefits of the cloud platform while maintaining some or all of your on-premises environment. In this blog, we provided a step-by-step guide to help you set up connectivity, explore Azure services, and implement hybrid solutions with SQL Server 2022. Remember to assess your organization's specific needs and requirements when taking a hybrid approach and getting the most out of Azure’s capabilities.

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