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Migrate on-premises SQL Server To Azure SQL Database Using Data Migration Assistant

What You Will Learn

Setup Microsoft SQL Server

Setup Azure SQL Database

Setup Microsoft Data Migration Tool

Specify the source server and database

Specify the target server and database

Specify Schema objects

Generate Migration SQL script.

Migrate schema objects

Migrate schema data


  • Basic knowledge of database concepts useful but not required


Choosing Microsoft’s Azure platform to host your organisation’s databases can help to reduce costs and support a higher-functioning IT infrastructure. Once you’ve assessed the pros and cons of switching your databases to Azure and the migration has been approved, migrating to the cloud could help you to reduce your organisation’s overheads.

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The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) helps you upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality in your new version of SQL Server or Azure SQL Database. DMA recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment and allows you to move your schema, data, and uncontained objects from your source server to your target server.

For large migrations (in terms of number and size of databases), we recommend that you use the Azure Database Migration Service, which can migrate databases at scale.

You can migrate an on-premises  or local SQL Server instance to a modern SQL Server instance hosted on-premises or on an Azure virtual machine (VM) that is accessible from your on-premises network. The Azure VM can be accessed using VPN or other technologies. The  migration workflow helps you to migrate the following components:

  • Schema of databases
  • Data and users
  • Server roles
  • SQL Server and Windows logins

After a successful migration, applications can connect to the target SQL Server databases seamlessly.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners to migration

Course content

3 sections • 21 lectures • 1h 38m total length

  • Introduction


  • What is SQL Server


  • SQL Server Editions


  • SQL Server Installation Requirements


  • Download SQL Server


  • Install SQL Server


  • SQL Server Configuration Manager


  • Install SQL Server Management Studio -SSMS


  • Connect SSMS to SQL Server


  • Restore Sample Database