Use PowerShell to restore a Managed Instance database to another geo-region

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

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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 menu bar at the upper right 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 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.

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 Creates a Geo-redundant backup of Managed Instance Database.
Restore-AzSqlInstanceDatabase Creates a database on a 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 SQL Database PowerShell script samples can be found in the Azure SQL Database PowerShell scripts.