PowerShell for DNS Alias to Azure SQL Database

Applies to: Azure SQL Database Azure Synapse Analytics

This article provides a PowerShell script that demonstrates how you can manage a DNS alias for the SQL server hosting your Azure SQL Database.


This article has been updated to use either the Azure PowerShell Az module or Azure CLI. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020.

To learn more about the Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the Azure PowerShell Az module. For installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell or Install Azure CLI.

DNS alias in connection string

To connect a logical SQL server, a client such as SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) can provide the DNS alias name instead of the true server name. In the following example server string, the alias any-unique-alias-name replaces the first dot-delimited node in the four node server string:



If you want to run the demo PowerShell script given in this article, the following prerequisites apply:

  • An Azure subscription and account, for free trial, see Azure trials
  • Two servers


The following code example starts by assigning literal values to several variables.

To run the code, edit the placeholder values to match real values in your system.

The cmdlets used are the following:

To install or upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module.

Use Get-Module -ListAvailable Az in powershell_ise.exe, to find the version.

$subscriptionName = '<subscriptionName>';
$sqlServerDnsAliasName = '<aliasName>';
$resourceGroupName = '<resourceGroupName>';  
$sqlServerName = '<sqlServerName>';
$resourceGroupName2 = '<resourceGroupNameTwo>'; # can be same or different than $resourceGroupName
$sqlServerName2 = '<sqlServerNameTwo>'; # must be different from $sqlServerName.

# login to Azure
Connect-AzAccount -SubscriptionName $subscriptionName;
$subscriptionId = Get-AzSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscriptionName;

Write-Host 'Assign an alias to server 1...';
New-AzSqlServerDnsAlias –ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ServerName $sqlServerName `
    -Name $sqlServerDnsAliasName;

Write-Host 'Get the aliases assigned to server 1...';
Get-AzSqlServerDnsAlias –ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ServerName $sqlServerName;

Write-Host 'Move the alias from server 1 to server 2...';
Set-AzSqlServerDnsAlias –ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName2 -TargetServerName $sqlServerName2 `
    -Name $sqlServerDnsAliasName `
    -SourceServerResourceGroup $resourceGroupName -SourceServerName $sqlServerName `
    -SourceServerSubscriptionId $subscriptionId.Id;

Write-Host 'Get the aliases assigned to server 2...';
Get-AzSqlServerDnsAlias –ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName2 -ServerName $sqlServerName2;

Write-Host 'Remove the alias from server 2...';
Remove-AzSqlServerDnsAlias –ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName2 -ServerName $sqlServerName2 `
    -Name $sqlServerDnsAliasName;

Next steps

For a full explanation of the DNS alias feature for SQL Database, see DNS alias for Azure SQL Database.