Restore a single database in Azure SQL Database to an earlier point in time using the Azure CLI

Applies to: Azure SQL Database

This Azure CLI example restores a single database in Azure SQL Database to a specific point in time.

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Sample script

For this script, use Azure CLI locally as it takes too long to run in Cloud Shell.

Sign in to Azure

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subscription="<subscriptionId>" # add subscription here

az account set -s $subscription # ...or use 'az login'

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Run the script

# Restore a single database in Azure SQL Database to an earlier point in time

# Use Bash rather than Cloud Shell due to its timeout at 20 minutes when no interactive activity 
# In Windows, run Bash in a Docker container to sync time zones between Azure and Bash.

# Variable block
let "randomIdentifier=$RANDOM*$RANDOM"
location="East US"

echo "Using resource group $resourceGroup with login: $login, password: $password..."

echo "Creating $resourceGroup in "$location"..."
az group create --name $resourceGroup --location "$location" --tags $tag

echo "Creating $server in $location..."
az sql server create --name $server --resource-group $resourceGroup --location "$location" --admin-user $login --admin-password $password

echo "Creating $database on $server..."
az sql db create --resource-group $resourceGroup --server $server --name $database --service-objective S0

# Sleeping commands to wait long enough for automatic backup to be created
echo "Sleeping..."
sleep 30m

# Restore a server from backup to a new server
# To specify a specific point-in-time (in UTC) to restore from, use the ISO8601 format:
# restorePoint=ā€œ2021-07-09T13:10:00Zā€
restorePoint=$(date +%s)
restorePoint=$(expr $restorePoint - 60)
restorePoint=$(date -d @$restorePoint +"%Y-%m-%dT%T")
echo $restorePoint

echo "Restoring to $restoreServer"
az sql db restore --dest-name $restoreServer --edition Standard --name $database --resource-group $resourceGroup --server $server --service-objective S0 --time $restorePoint

Clean up resources

Use the following command to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it using the az group delete command - unless you have an ongoing need for these resources. Some of these resources may take a while to create, as well as to delete.

az group delete --name $resourceGroup

Sample reference

This script uses the following commands. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Description
az sql db restore Restore database command.

Next steps

For more information on Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional SQL Database CLI script samples can be found in the Azure SQL Database documentation.