What's new with SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines?

Applies to: SQL Server on Azure VM

When you deploy an Azure virtual machine (VM) with SQL Server installed on it, either manually, or through a built-in image, you can use Azure features to improve your experience. This article summarizes the documentation changes associated with new features and improvements in the recent releases of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). To learn more about SQL Server on Azure VMs, see the overview.

For updates made in previous years, see the What's new archive.

March 2023

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Removed extension management modes The architecture for the SQL IaaS Agent extension has been updated to remove management modes. All newly deployed SQL Server VMs are registered with the extension by using the same default configuration and least privileged security model. To learn more, review Management modes.

February 2023

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Enable Azure AD for SQL Server We've published a guide to help you enable Azure AD authentication for your SQL Server VM. Review Configure Azure AD to learn more.

January 2023

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Extend your multi-subnet AG to multiple regions Extend an existing multi-subnet availability group, either on Azure virtual machines, or on-premises, to another region in Azure. To learn more, review Multi-subnet availability group in multiple regions.


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Troubleshoot SQL IaaS Agent extension We've added an article to help you troubleshoot and address some known issues with the SQL Server IaaS agent extension. To learn more, read Troubleshoot known issues.
Configure AG from Azure portal There is a new experience to deploy an Always On availability group to multiple subnets by using the Azure portal. The new availability group deployment method replaces the previous deployment through the SQL virtual machines resource. This feature is currently in preview. To learn more, review Configure availability group through the Azure portal.
Azure AD authentication It's now possible to configure Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication to your SQL Server 2022 on Azure VM by using the Azure portal. This feature is currently in preview. To get started, review Azure AD with SQL Server VMs.
Least privilege permission model for SQL IaaS Agent extension There is a new permissions model available for the SQL Server IaaS Agent extension that grants the least privileged permission for each feature used by the extension. To learn more, review SQL IaaS Agent extension permissions.
Confidential VMs SQL Server on Azure VMs has added support to deploy to SQL Server on Azure confidential VMs. To get started, review the Quickstart: Deploy SQL Server to an Azure confidential VM.
Azure CLI for SQL best practices assessment It's now possible to configure the SQL best practices assessment feature using the Azure CLI.
Configure tempdb from Azure portal It's now possible to configure your tempdb settings, such as the number of files, initial size, and autogrowth ratio for an existing SQL Server instance by using the Azure portal. See manage SQL Server VM from portal to learn more.
SDK-style SQL projects Use Microsoft.Build.Sql for SDK-style SQL projects in the SQL Database Projects extension in Azure Data Studio or VS Code. This feature is currently in preview. To learn more, see SDK-style SQL projects.
Ebdsv5-series The new Ebdsv5-series provides the highest I/O throughput-to-vCore ratio in Azure along with a memory-to-vCore ratio of 8. This series offers the best price-performance for SQL Server workloads on Azure VMs. Consider this series first for most SQL Server workloads. To learn more, see the updates in VM sizes.
Security best practices The SQL Server VM security best practices have been rewritten and refreshed!
Migrate with distributed AG It's now possible to migrate your database(s) from a standalone instance of SQL Server or an entire availability group over to SQL Server on Azure VMs using a distributed availability group! See the prerequisites to get started.

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