Use PowerShell with Azure Resource Manager template to create a managed instance in Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance can be created using Azure PowerShell library and Azure Resource Manager templates.

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This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

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. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the top-right menu bar in the Azure portal. 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 the PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires AZ 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.

Azure PowerShell commands can start deployment using predefined Azure Resource Manager template. The following properties can be specified in the template:

  • Instance name
  • SQL administrator username and password.
  • Size of the instance (number of cores and max storage size).
  • VNet and subnet where the instance will be placed.
  • Server-level collation of the instance (Preview).

Instance name, SQL Administrator user name, VNet/subnet, and collation cannot be changed later. Other instance properties can be changed.


This sample assumes that you have created a valid network environment or modified existing VNet for your Managed Instance. The sample uses the cmdlets New-AzResourceGroupDeployment and Get-AzVirtualNetwork so make sure that you have installed the following PowerShell modules:

Install-Module Az.Network
Install-Module Az.Resources

Azure Resource Manager template

The following content should be placed in a file that represents a template that will be used to create the instance:

    "$schema": "",
    "contentVersion": "",
    "parameters": {
        "instance": {
            "type": "string"
        "user": {
            "type": "string"
        "pwd": {
            "type": "securestring"
        "subnetId": {
            "type": "string"
    "resources": [
            "name": "[parameters('instance')]",
            "location": "West Central US",
            "tags": {
                "Description":"GP Instance with custom instance collation - Serbian_Cyrillic_100_CS_AS"
            "sku": {
                "name": "GP_Gen4",
                "tier": "GeneralPurpose"
            "properties": {
                "administratorLogin": "[parameters('user')]",
                "administratorLoginPassword": "[parameters('pwd')]",
                "subnetId": "[parameters('subnetId')]",
                "storageSizeInGB": 256,
                "vCores": 8,
                "licenseType": "LicenseIncluded",
                "hardwareFamily": "Gen4",
                "collation": "Serbian_Cyrillic_100_CS_AS"
            "type": "Microsoft.Sql/managedInstances",
            "identity": {
                "type": "SystemAssigned"
            "apiVersion": "2015-05-01-preview"

Assumption is that Azure VNet with the properly configured subnet already exists. If you do not have a properly configured subnet, prepare the network environment using separate Azure Resource Managed template that can be executed independently or included in this template.

Save the content of this file as .json file, put the file path in the following PowerShell script, and change the names of the objects in the script:

$subscriptionId = "ed827499-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxx"
Select-AzSubscription -SubscriptionId $subscriptionId

# Managed Instance properties
$resourceGroup = "rg_mi"
$location = "West Central US"
$name = "managed-instance-name"
$user = "miSqlAdmin"
$secpasswd = ConvertTo-SecureString "<Put some strong password here>" -AsPlainText -Force

# Network configuration
$vNetName = "my_vnet"
$vNetResourceGroup = "rg_mi_vnet"
$subnetName = "ManagedInstances"
$vNet = Get-AzVirtualNetwork -Name $vNetName -ResourceGroupName $vNetResourceGroup
$subnet = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $SubnetName -VirtualNetwork $vNet
$subnetId = $subnet.Id

# Deploy Instance using Azure Resource Manager template:
New-AzResourceGroupDeployment  -Name MyDeployment -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup  `
                                    -TemplateFile 'C:\...\create-managed-instance.json' `
                                    -instance $name -user $user -pwd $secpasswd -subnetId $subnetId

Once the script has been successfully run, the SQL Database can be accessed from all Azure services and the configured IP address.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure PowerShell, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

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