Use CLI to monitor and scale a single SQL database

This Azure CLI script example scales a single Azure SQL database to a different compute size after querying the size information of the database.

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

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 CLI locally, this article requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install the Azure CLI.

Sample script


# set execution context (if necessary)
az account set --subscription <replace with your subscription name or id>

# Set the resource group name and location for your server

# Set an admin login and password for your database
password=`openssl rand -base64 16`
# password=<EnterYourComplexPasswordHere1>

# The logical server name has to be unique in the system

# Create a resource group
az group create \
    --name $resourceGroupName \
    --location $location

# Create a server
az sql server create \
    --name $servername \
    --resource-group $resourceGroupName \
    --location $location \
    --admin-user $adminlogin \
    --admin-password $password

# Create a General Purpose Gen4 database with 1 vCore
az sql db create \
    --resource-group $resourceGroupName \
    --server $servername \
    --name mySampleDatabase \
    --edition GeneralPurpose \
    --family Gen4 \
    --capacity 1 

# Monitor database size
az sql db list-usages \
    --name mySampleDatabase \
    --resource-group $resourceGroupName \
    --server $servername

# Scale up database to 2 vCores (create command executes update if DB already exists)
az sql db create \
    --resource-group $resourceGroupName \
    --server $servername \
    --name mySampleDatabase \
    --edition GeneralPurpose \
    --family Gen4 \
    --capacity 2

# Echo random password
echo $password


Use az sql db op list to get a list of operations performed on the database and use az sql db op cancel to cancel an update operation on the database.

Clean up deployment

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

az group delete --name $resourceGroupName

Script explanation

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

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az sql server create Creates a SQL Database server that hosts single databases and elastic pools.
az sql db show-usage Shows the size usage information for a single or pooled database.
az sql db update Updates database properties (such as the service tier or compute size) or moves a database into, out of, or between elastic pools.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps

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

Additional SQL Database CLI script samples can be found in the Azure SQL Database documentation.