Getting started with single databases in Azure SQL Database

Applies to: Azure SQL Database

A single database is fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) database as a service (DbaaS) that is ideal storage engine for the modern cloud-born applications. In this section, you'll learn how to quickly configure and create a single database in Azure SQL Database.

Quickstart overview

In this section, you'll see an overview of available articles that can help you to quickly get started with single databases. The following quickstarts enable you to quickly create a single database, configure a server-level firewall rule, and then import a database into the new single database using a .bacpac file:

Automating management operations

You can use PowerShell or the Azure CLI to create, configure, and scale your database.

Migrating to a single database with minimal downtime

These quickstarts enable you to quickly create or import your database to Azure using a .bacpac file. However, .bacpac and .dacpac files are designed to quickly move databases across different versions of SQL Server and within Azure SQL, or to implement continuous integration in your DevOps pipeline. However, this method is not designed for migration of your production databases with minimal downtime, because you would need to stop adding new data, wait for the export of the source database to a .bacpac file to complete, and then wait for the import into Azure SQL Database to complete. All of this waiting results in downtime of your application, especially for large databases. To move your production database, you need a better way to migrate that guarantees minimal downtime of migration. For this, use the Data Migration Service (DMS) to migrate your database with the minimal downtime. DMS accomplishes this by incrementally pushing the changes made in your source database to the single database being restored. This way, you can quickly switch your application from source to target database with the minimal downtime.

Hands-on learning modules

The following free Learn modules help you learn about Azure SQL Database.

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