Free Version of Azure for Training?

Landon Aaker 26 Reputation points

I would like a free version of an Azure SQL database so I can follow along with the Microsoft T-SQL Fundamentals manual. Is such a service offered? Would that just be the free trial?

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  1. Vaibhav Chaudhari 37,886 Reputation points

    Yes, I think only 1 Month free trial is the option to practice on Azure SQL

    I used free trial subscription for a Month and later upgraded subscription to pay-as-you-go type. I modified my Azure SQL DB type to serverless so it will charge me only when I use it not per Month charges

    Another option is to use Microsoft learn path for azure sql where they provide sandbox account for free but there will be few limitations. See exercise modules in below learning path:


    Please don't forget to Accept Answer and Up-vote if the response helped -- Vaibhav

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  1. Alberto Morillo 26,111 Reputation points MVP

    You can create a free version of Azure SQL Database using PowerShell.

    $sqlServer = New-AzureRmSqlServer -ServerName $sqlServerName -Location $desiredLocation.Location -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup.ResourceGroupName -SqlAdministratorCredentials $sqlAdminCredential -ErrorAction Stop -Verbose
    New-AzureRmSqlDatabase -DatabaseName $DatabaseName  -ServerName $sqlServer.ServerName -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup.ResourceGroupName -Edition 'Free' -RequestedServiceObjectiveName 'Free'

    You can have only one free Azure SQL Server database per region, it reverts to Standard Edition after 365 days.

    Here's the list of Azure locations that do support the creation of a limited time (365 days) Free Azure SQL Server and Azure SQL Database:

    Location           DisplayName          SQL?
    --------           -----------          -----
    australiaeast      Australia East       WORKS
    australiasoutheast Australia Southeast  WORKS
    centralindia       Central India        WORKS
    eastasia           East Asia            WORKS
    francecentral      France Central       WORKS
    japaneast          Japan East           WORKS
    japanwest          Japan West           WORKS
    koreacentral       Korea Central        WORKS
    koreasouth         Korea South          WORKS
    northcentralus     North Central US     WORKS
    northeurope        North Europe         WORKS
    southeastasia      Southeast Asia       WORKS
    southindia         South India          WORKS
    uksouth            UK South             WORKS
    ukwest             UK West              WORKS
    westcentralus      West Central US      WORKS
    westeurope         West Europe          WORKS
    westindia          West India           WORKS
    westus2            West US 2            WORKS

    Hope this helps.

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