Azure sql database restore

Michael Stoler 290 Reputation points


In the event that I need to restore an Azure SQL Database I have a few questions:

  1. Is it correct that I can only restore to a New Database and not replace the current database.
  2. If I can only restore to a new database how can I rename the database back to the old database and still keep the backup history.

Thank You,


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  1. Rahul Randive 9,176 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi Michael Stoler

    Yes, you are correct, when you restore, it will restore with new name and not replace the current one.

    So, delete existing database, restore the database, and rename it as the original database and all the backup history will be preserved.

    Or if you would like to keep original database then

    Rename the original database to a new name

    Restore the database with old name

    Thank you!

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