Use PowerShell to restore an Azure SQL Managed Instance database to another geo-region

Applies to: Azure SQL Managed Instance

This PowerShell script example restores an Azure SQL Managed Instance database from a remote geo-region (geo-restore).

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create an Azure free account before you begin.


This article uses the Azure Az PowerShell module, which is the recommended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure. To get started with the Az PowerShell module, see Install Azure PowerShell. To learn how to migrate to the Az PowerShell module, see Migrate Azure PowerShell from AzureRM to Az.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article, without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Screenshot that shows an example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell.
Go to, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Screenshot that shows how to launch Cloud Shell in a new window.
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu bar at the upper right in the Azure portal. Screenshot that shows the Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux, or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires Azure PowerShell 1.4.0 or later. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. If you are running PowerShell locally, you also need to run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Sample script

# Connect-AzAccount
# The SubscriptionId in which to create these objects
$SubscriptionId = '<put subscription_id here>'
# Set the information for your managed instance
$SourceResourceGroupName = "myResourceGroup-$(Get-Random)"
$SourceInstanceName = "myManagedInstance-$(Get-Random)"
$SourceDatabaseName = "myInstanceDatabase-$(Get-Random)"

# Set the information for your destination managed instance
$TargetResourceGroupName = "myTargetResourceGroup-$(Get-Random)"
$TargetInstanceName = "myTargetManagedInstance-$(Get-Random)"
$TargetDatabaseName = "myTargetInstanceDatabase-$(Get-Random)"

Set-AzContext -SubscriptionId $SubscriptionId

$backup = Get-AzSqlInstanceDatabaseGeoBackup `
-ResourceGroupName $SourceResourceGroupName `
-InstanceName $SourceInstanceName `
-Name $SourceDatabaseName

$backup | Restore-AzSqlInstanceDatabase -FromGeoBackup `
-TargetInstanceDatabaseName $TargetDatabaseName `
-TargetInstanceName $TargetInstanceName `
-TargetResourceGroupName $TargetResourceGroupName

Clean up deployment

Use the following command to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName $TargetResourceGroupName

Script explanation

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

Command Notes
New-AzResourceGroup Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
Get-AzSqlInstanceDatabaseGeoBackup Gets one or more geo-backups from a database within an Azure SQL Managed Instance.
Restore-AzSqlInstanceDatabase Creates a database on SQL Managed Instance from geo-backup.
Remove-AzResourceGroup Deletes a resource group, including all nested resources.

Next steps

For more information about PowerShell, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

Additional PowerShell script samples for Azure SQL Database can be found in Azure SQL Database PowerShell scripts.