How to start with Azure SQL step by step?

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Here's a step-by-step guide on how to get started with Azure SQL:

Step 1: Sign up for an Azure Account

To use Azure SQL, you will need an Azure account. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up for a free trial at https://azure.microsoft.com/free/.

Step 2: Create an Azure SQL Server

Once you have an Azure account, sign into the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com/. In the portal, click the "Create a resource" button (green plus sign) in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Next, search for "SQL Server" in the search bar and select "SQL Server" from the search results.

On the "SQL Server" page, click the "Create" button to start creating a new SQL Server.

Step 3: Configure Azure SQL Server

In the "Basics" tab of the "SQL Server" creation page, provide a name for your SQL Server, select your subscription, resource group, and location. You will also need to provide an admin username and password, which will be used to manage your SQL Server.

In the "Networking" tab, you can configure the network settings for your SQL Server. By default, Azure SQL Server will allow connections from all Azure services and resources, but you can restrict access to specific IP addresses or Azure resources if you prefer.

Step 4: Create an Azure SQL Database

Once you have created an Azure SQL Server, you can create a new Azure SQL Database.

To create a new database, go to your SQL Server in the Azure portal, and click the "Databases" link in the left-hand menu. Then click the "Add" button to start creating a new database.

Provide a name for your database, select the pricing tier and performance level you want, and choose the collation and database settings. You can also configure advanced settings such as data retention and auditing.

Step 5: Connect to Azure SQL Database

To connect to your Azure SQL Database, you can use a variety of tools, including SQL Server Management Studio, Azure Data Studio, or the Azure portal.

In most cases, you will need to provide the server’s name, database name, username, and password to connect to your database. You may also need to configure your firewall settings to allow connections to your database from your local machine.

Congratulations! You have successfully created an Azure SQL Server and database, and you can now start using it to store and manage your data.

How to get the connection string of an Azure SQL Database?

To get the connection string for your Azure SQL database, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Azure Portal

Navigate to the Azure Portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and sign into your account.

Step 2: Navigate to the Azure SQL Database

In the Azure Portal, navigate to the Azure SQL Database that you want to get the connection string for.

Step 3: Click on the "Connection strings" option.

In the left-hand menu, click on the "Connection strings" option under the "Settings" section.

Step 4: Get the connection string.

In the "Connection strings" blade, you will see a list of connection strings for your Azure SQL Database. The connection strings are listed under the "ADO.NET" section, and you can choose the appropriate one for your use case.

To copy the connection string, click the "Copy" button next to the connection string that you want to use.

The connection string will contain information such as the server’s name, database name, username, and password that are required to connect to your Azure SQL Database from your application or tool.

That's it! You now have the connection string for your Azure SQL Database.

How to the Backup of an Azure SQL Database backup.

To take a backup of your Azure SQL database, you can use Azure Portal, PowerShell, or Azure CLI. Here are the steps for using Azure Portal:

Step 1: Navigate to the Azure SQL Database

Log in to the Azure Portal and navigate to the Azure SQL Database that you want to backup.

Step 2: Click on the "Export" option.

In the left-hand menu, click on the "Export" option under the "Operations" section.

Step 3: Configure the export settings.

In the "Export database" blade, configure the export settings:

  • Specify the storage account where you want to save the backup file.
  • Choose the export method, such as "Bacpac" or "DACPAC".
  • Specify the storage container where you want to save the backup file.
  • Provide a name for the backup file.
  • Specify the authentication method for the storage account, such as SAS token or access key.

Step 4: Start the export process.

Once you have configured the export settings, click the "OK" button to start the export process. The backup file will be created and saved in the specified storage account and container.

Note: You can also schedule regular backups of your Azure SQL database using Azure Backup service.

That's it! You have successfully taken a backup of your Azure SQL database.

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