Configure Azure SQL Edge

Azure SQL Edge supports configuration through one of the following two options:

  • Environment variables
  • An mssql.conf file placed in the /var/opt/mssql folder


Setting environment variables overrides the settings specified in the mssql.conf file.

Configure by using environment variables

Azure SQL Edge exposes several different environment variables that can be used to configure the SQL Edge container. These environment variables are a subset of the ones available for SQL Server on Linux. For more information on SQL Server on Linux environment variables, see Environment variables.

The following new environment variables were added to Azure SQL Edge.

Environment variable Description Values
PlanId Specifies the Azure SQL Edge SKU to be used during initialization. This environment variable is only required when deploying Azure SQL Edge using Azure IoT Edge. asde-developer-on-iot-edge or asde-premium-on-iot-edge
MSSQL_TELEMETRY_ENABLED Enable or disable usage and diagnostics data collection. TRUE or FALSE
MSSQL_TELEMETRY_DIR Sets the target directory for the usage and diagnostics data collection audit files. Folder location within SQL Edge container. This folder can be mapped to a host volume using either mount points or data volumes.
MSSQL_PACKAGE Specifies the location of the dacpac or bacpac package to be deployed. Folder, file, or SAS URL containing the dacpac or bacpac packages. For more information, refer Deploy SQL Database DACPAC and BACPAC packages in SQL Edge.

The following SQL Server on Linux environment variable isn't supported for Azure SQL Edge. If defined, this environment variable will be ignored during container initialization.

Environment variable Description
MSSQL_ENABLE_HADR Enable availability group. For example, 1 is enabled, and 0 is disabled.


The MSSQL_PID environment variable for SQL Edge only accepts Premium and Developer as the valid values. Azure SQL Edge doesn't support initialization using a product key.

Specify the environment variables

Specify environment variables for SQL Edge when you deploy the service through the Azure portal. You can add them either in the Environment Variables section of the module deployment or as part of the Container Create Options.

Add values in Environment Variables.

Set by using environment variables list

Add values in Container Create Options.

Set by using container create options


In the disconnected deployment mode, environment variables can be specified using the -e or --env or the --env-file option of the docker run command.

Configure by using an mssql.conf file

Azure SQL Edge doesn't include the mssql-conf configuration utility like SQL Server on Linux does. You need to manually configure the mssql.conf file and place it in the persistent storage drive that is mapped to the /var/opt/mssql/ folder in the SQL Edge module. When you're deploying SQL Edge from Azure Marketplace, this mapping is specified as the Mounts option in the Container Create Options.

        "Mounts": [
            "Type": "volume",
            "Source": "sqlvolume",
            "Target": "/var/opt/mssql"

The following new mssql.conf options were added for Azure SQL Edge.

Option Description
customerfeedback Choose if SQL Server sends feedback to Microsoft. For more information, see Disable usage and diagnostic data collection
userrequestedlocalauditdirectory Sets the target directory for the usage and diagnostics data collection audit files. For more information, see Local audit of usage and diagnostic data collection

The following mssql.conf options aren't applicable to SQL Edge:

Option Description
Customer feedback Choose if SQL Server sends feedback to Microsoft.
Database mail profile Set the default database mail profile for SQL Server on Linux.
High availability Enable Availability Groups.
Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Configure and troubleshoot MSDTC on Linux. Additional distributed transaction-related configuration options aren't supported for SQL Edge. For more information on these additional configuration options, see Configure MSDTC.
ML Services EULAs Accept R and Python EULAs for Azure Machine Learning packages. Applies to SQL Server 2019 only.
outboundnetworkaccess Enable outbound network access for Machine Learning Services R, Python, and Java extensions.

The following sample mssql.conf file works for SQL Edge. For more information on the format for an mssql.conf file, see mssql.conf format.

accepteula = Y

captureminiandfull = true
coredumptype = full

defaultbackupdir = /var/opt/mssql/backup/
defaultdatadir = /var/opt/mssql/data/
defaultdumpdir = /var/opt/mssql/data/
defaultlogdir = /var/opt/mssql/log/

lcid = 1033

memorylimitmb = 6144

errorlogfile = /var/opt/mssql/log/sqlagentlog.log
errorlogginglevel = 7

traceflag0 = 3604
traceflag1 = 3605
traceflag2 = 1204

Run Azure SQL Edge as non-root user

By default, the Azure SQL Edge containers run with a non-root user/group. When deployed through the Azure Marketplace (or using docker run), unless a different user/group is specified, SQL Edge containers starts up as the mssql (non-root) user. To specify a different non-root user during deployment, add the *"User": "<name|uid>[:<group|gid>]"* key-value pair under container create options. In the example below SQL Edge is configured to start as the user *IoTAdmin*.

    "User": "IoTAdmin",
    "Env": [

To allow the non-root user to access DB files that are on mounted volumes, ensure that the user/group you run the container under, has read & write permissions on the persistent file storage. In the example below we set the non-root user with user_id 10001 as the owner of the files.

chown -R 10001:0 <database file dir>

Upgrading from earlier CTP releases

Earlier CTPs of Azure SQL Edge were configured to run as the root users. The following options are available when upgrading from earlier CTPs.

  • Continue to use the root user - To continue using the root user, add the *"User": "0:0"* key-value pair under container create options.
  • Use the default mssql user - To use the default mssql user, follow the steps below
    • Add a user named mssql on the docker host. In the example below, we add a user mssql with ID 10001. This user is also added to the root group.
      sudo useradd -M -s /bin/bash -u 10001 -g 0 mssql
    • Change the permission on the directory/mount volume where the database file resides
      sudo chgrp -R 0 /var/lib/docker/volumes/kafka_sqldata/
      sudo chmod -R g=u /var/lib/docker/volumes/kafka_sqldata/
  • Use a different non-root user account - To use a different non-root user account
    • Update the container create options to specify add *"User": "user_name | user_id* key-value pair under container create options. Replace user_name or user_id with an actual user_name or user_id from your docker host.
    • Change the permissions on the directory/mount volume.

Persist your data

Your Azure SQL Edge configuration changes and database files are persisted in the container even if you restart the container with docker stop and docker start. However, if you remove the container with docker rm, everything in the container is deleted, including Azure SQL Edge and your databases. The following section explains how to use data volumes to persist your database files even if the associated containers are deleted.


For Azure SQL Edge, it is critical that you understand data persistence in Docker. In addition to the discussion in this section, see Docker's documentation on how to manage data in Docker containers.

Mount a host directory as data volume

The first option is to mount a directory on your host as a data volume in your container. To do that, use the docker run command with the -v <host directory>:/var/opt/mssql flag. This allows the data to be restored between container executions.

docker run -e 'ACCEPT_EULA=Y' -e 'MSSQL_SA_PASSWORD=<YourStrong!Passw0rd>' -p 1433:1433 -v <host directory>/data:/var/opt/mssql/data -v <host directory>/log:/var/opt/mssql/log -v <host directory>/secrets:/var/opt/mssql/secrets -d
docker run -e "ACCEPT_EULA=Y" -e "MSSQL_SA_PASSWORD=<YourStrong!Passw0rd>" -p 1433:1433 -v <host directory>/data:/var/opt/mssql/data -v <host directory>/log:/var/opt/mssql/log -v <host directory>/secrets:/var/opt/mssql/secrets -d

This technique also enables you to share and view the files on the host outside of Docker.


Host volume mapping for Docker on Windows does not currently support mapping the complete /var/opt/mssql directory. However, you can map a subdirectory, such as /var/opt/mssql/data to your host machine.


Host volume mapping for Docker on Mac with the Azure SQL Edge image is not supported at this time. Use data volume containers instead. This restriction is specific to the /var/opt/mssql directory. Reading from a mounted directory works fine. For example, you can mount a host directory using -v on Mac and restore a backup from a .bak file that resides on the host.

Use data volume containers

The second option is to use a data volume container. You can create a data volume container by specifying a volume name instead of a host directory with the -v parameter. The following example creates a shared data volume named sqlvolume.

docker run -e 'ACCEPT_EULA=Y' -e 'MSSQL_SA_PASSWORD=<YourStrong!Passw0rd>' -p 1433:1433 -v sqlvolume:/var/opt/mssql -d
docker run -e "ACCEPT_EULA=Y" -e "MSSQL_SA_PASSWORD=<YourStrong!Passw0rd>" -p 1433:1433 -v sqlvolume:/var/opt/mssql -d


This technique for implicitly creating a data volume in the run command does not work with older versions of Docker. In that case, use the explicit steps outlined in the Docker documentation, Creating and mounting a data volume container.

Even if you stop and remove this container, the data volume persists. You can view it with the docker volume ls command.

docker volume ls

If you then create another container with the same volume name, the new container uses the same Azure SQL Edge data contained in the volume.

To remove a data volume container, use the docker volume rm command.


If you delete the data volume container, any Azure SQL Edge data in the container is permanently deleted.

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