Migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL Database online using DMS

You can use the Azure Database Migration Service to migrate the databases from an on-premises SQL Server instance to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime. In this tutorial, you migrate the Adventureworks2012 database restored to an on-premises instance of SQL Server 2016 (or later) to an Azure SQL Database by using the Azure Database Migration Service.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Assess your on-premises database by using the Data Migration Assistant.
  • Migrate the sample schema by using the Data Migration Assistant.
  • Create an instance of the Azure Database Migration Service.
  • Create a migration project by using the Azure Database Migration Service.
  • Run the migration.
  • Monitor the migration.
  • Download a migration report.

Important

For an optimal migration experience, Microsoft recommends creating an instance of the Azure Database Migration Service in the same Azure region as the target database. Moving data across regions or geographies can slow down the migration process and introduce errors.

Prerequisites

To complete this tutorial, you need to:

  • Download and install SQL Server 2012 or later (any edition).
  • Enable the TCP/IP protocol, which is disabled by default during SQL Server Express installation, by following the instructions in the article Enable or Disable a Server Network Protocol.
  • Create an instance of Azure SQL Database instance, which you do by following the detail in the article Create an Azure SQL database in the Azure portal.
  • Download and install the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v3.3 or later.
  • Create a VNET for the Azure Database Migration Service by using the Azure Resource Manager deployment model, which provides site-to-site connectivity to your on-premises source servers by using either ExpressRoute or VPN.
  • Ensure that your Azure Virtual Network (VNET) Network Security Group rules don't block the following communication ports 443, 53, 9354, 445, 12000. For more detail on Azure VNET NSG traffic filtering, see the article Filter network traffic with network security groups.
  • Configure your Windows Firewall for database engine access.
  • Open your Windows firewall to allow the Azure Database Migration Service to access the source SQL Server, which by default is TCP port 1433.
  • If you're running multiple named SQL Server instances using dynamic ports, you may wish to enable the SQL Browser Service and allow access to UDP port 1434 through your firewalls so that the Azure Database Migration Service can connect to a named instance on your source server.
  • When using a firewall appliance in front of your source database(s), you may need to add firewall rules to allow the Azure Database Migration Service to access the source database(s) for migration.
  • Create a server-level firewall rule for the Azure SQL Database server to allow the Azure Database Migration Service access to the target databases. Provide the subnet range of the VNET used for the Azure Database Migration Service.
  • Ensure that the credentials used to connect to source SQL Server instance have CONTROL SERVER permissions.
  • Ensure that the credentials used to connect to target Azure SQL Database instance have CONTROL DATABASE permission on the target Azure SQL databases.
  • The source SQL Server version must be SQL Server 2005 and above. To determine the version that you SQL Server instance is running, see the article How to determine the version, edition, and update level of SQL Server and its components.
  • Database(s) must be in either Bulk-logged or Full recovery mode. To determine the recovery model configured for your SQL Server instance, see the article View or Change the Recovery Model of a Database (SQL Server).
  • Make sure to take the Full database backups for the databases. To create a Full database backup, see the article How to: Create a Full Database Backup (Transact-SQL).
  • If any of the tables don't have a primary key, enable Change Data Capture (CDC) on the database and specific table(s).

    Note

    You can use the script below to find any tables that do not have primary keys.

    USE <DBName>;
    go
    SELECT is_tracked_by_cdc, name AS TableName
    FROM sys.tables WHERE type = 'U' and is_ms_shipped = 0 AND
    OBJECTPROPERTY(OBJECT_ID, 'TableHasPrimaryKey') = 0;
    

    If the results show one or more tables with 'is_tracked_by_cdc' as '0', enable change capture for the database and for the specific tables by using the process described in the article Enable and Disable Change Data Capture (SQL Server).

  • Configure the distributor role for source SQL Server.

    Note

    You can determine if replication components are installed by using the query below.

    USE master;
    DECLARE @installed int;
    EXEC @installed = sys.sp_MS_replication_installed;
    SELECT @installed as installed;
    

    If the result returns an error message suggesting to install replication components, install SQL Server replication components by using the process in the article Install SQL Server replication.

    If the replication is already installed, check if the distribution role is configured on the source SQL Server using the T-SQL command below.

    EXEC sp_get_distributor;
    

    If the distribution isn't set up, where the distribution server shows NULL for above command output, configure the distribution using the guidance provided in the article Configure Distribution.

  • Disable database triggers on the target Azure SQL Database.

    Note

    You can find the database triggers on the target Azure SQL Database by using the following query:

    Use <Database name>
    select * from sys.triggers
    DISABLE TRIGGER (Transact-SQL)
    

    For more information, see the article DISABLE TRIGGER (Transact-SQL).

Assess your on-premises database

Before you can migrate data from an on-premises SQL Server instance to Azure SQL Database, you need to assess the SQL Server database for any blocking issues that might prevent migration. Using the Data Migration Assistant v3.3 or later, follow the steps described in the article Performing a SQL Server migration assessment to complete the on-premises database assessment.

To assess am on-premises database, perform the following steps:

  1. In DMA, select the New (+) icon, and then select the Assessment project type.
  2. Specify a project name, in the Source server type text box, select SQL Server, in the Target server type text box, select Azure SQL Database, and then select Create to create the project.

    When you're assessing the source SQL Server database migrating to Azure SQL Database, you can choose one or both of the following assessment report types:

    • Check database compatibility
    • Check feature parity

    Both report types are selected by default.

  3. In DMA, on the Options screen, select Next.

  4. On the Select sources screen, in the Connect to a server dialog box, provide the connection details to your SQL Server, and then select Connect.
  5. In the Add sources dialog box, select AdventureWorks2012, select Add, and then select Start Assessment.

    When the assessment is complete, the results display as shown in the following graphic:

    Assess data migration

    For Azure SQL Database, the assessments identify feature parity issues and migration blocking issues.

    • The SQL Server feature parity category provides a comprehensive set of recommendations, alternative approaches available in Azure, and mitigating steps to help you plan the effort into your migration projects.
    • The Compatibility issues category identifies partially supported or unsupported features that reflect compatibility issues that might block migrating on-premises SQL Server database(s) to Azure SQL Database. Recommendations are also provided to help you address those issues.
  6. Review the assessment results for migration blocking issues and feature parity issues by selecting the specific options.

Migrate the sample schema

After you're comfortable with the assessment and satisfied that the selected database is a viable candidate for migration to Azure SQL Database, use DMA to migrate the schema to Azure SQL Database.

Note

Before you create a migration project in DMA, be sure that you have already provisioned an Azure SQL database as mentioned in the prerequisites. For purposes of this tutorial, the name of the Azure SQL Database is assumed to be AdventureWorksAzure, but you can provide whatever name you wish.

To migrate the AdventureWorks2012 schema to Azure SQL Database, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Data Migration Assistant, select the New (+) icon, and then under Project type, select Migration.
  2. Specify a project name, in the Source server type text box, select SQL Server, and then in the Target server type text box, select Azure SQL Database.
  3. Under Migration Scope, select Schema only.

    After performing the previous steps, the DMA interface should appear as shown in the following graphic:

    Create Data Migration Assistant Project

  4. Select Create to create the project.

  5. In DMA, specify the source connection details for your SQL Server, select Connect, and then select the AdventureWorks2012 database.

    Data Migration Assistant Source Connection Details

  6. Select Next, under Connect to target server, specify the target connection details for the Azure SQL database, select Connect, and then select the AdventureWorksAzure database you had pre-provisioned in Azure SQL Database.

    Data Migration Assistant Target Connection Details

  7. Select Next to advance to the Select objects screen, on which you can specify the schema objects in the AdventureWorks2012 database that need to be deployed to Azure SQL Database.

    By default, all objects are selected.

    Generate SQL Scripts

  8. Select Generate SQL script to create the SQL scripts, and then review the scripts for any errors.

    Schema Script

  9. Select Deploy schema to deploy the schema to Azure SQL Database, and then after the schema is deployed, check the target server for any anomalies.

    Deploy Schema

Register the Microsoft.DataMigration resource provider

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal, select All services, and then select Subscriptions.

    Show portal subscriptions

  2. Select the subscription in which you want to create the instance of the Azure Database Migration Service, and then select Resource providers.

    Show resource providers

  3. Search for migration, and then to the right of Microsoft.DataMigration, select Register.

    Register resource provider

Create an instance

  1. In the Azure portal, select + Create a resource, search for Azure Database Migration Service, and then select Azure Database Migration Service from the drop-down list.

    Azure Marketplace

  2. On the Azure Database Migration Service screen, select Create.

    Create Azure Database Migration Service instance

  3. On the Create Migration Service screen, specify a name for the service, the subscription, and a new or existing resource group.

  4. Select the location in which you want to create the instance of the Azure Database Migration Service.

  5. Select an existing virtual network (VNET) or create a new one.

    The VNET provides the Azure Database Migration Service with access to the source SQL Server and the target Azure SQL Database instance.

    For more information about how to create a VNET in the Azure portal, see the article Create a virtual network using the Azure portal.

  6. Select a pricing tier.

    For more information on costs and pricing tiers, see the pricing page.

    If you need help in choosing the right Azure Database Migration Service tier, refer to the recommendations in the posting here.

    Configure Azure Database Migration Service instance settings

  7. Select Create to create the service.

Create a migration project

After the service is created, locate it within the Azure portal, open it, and then create a new migration project.

  1. In the Azure portal, select All services, search for Azure Database Migration Service, and then select Azure Database Migration Services.

    Locate all instances of the Azure Database Migration Service

  2. On the Azure Database Migration Services screen, search for the name of the Azure Database Migration Service instance that you created, and then select the instance.

    Locate your instance of the Azure Database Migration Service

  3. Select + New Migration Project.

  4. On the New migration project screen, specify a name for the project, in the Source server type text box, select SQL Server, in the Target server type text box, select Azure SQL Database.
  5. In the Choose type of activity section, select Online data migration

    Create Database Migration Service Project

    Note

    Alternately, you can chose Create project only to create the migration project now and execute the migration later.

  6. Select Save.

  7. Select Create and run activity to create the project and run the migration activity.

    Create and Run Database Migration Service Activity

Specify source details

  1. On the Migration source detail screen, specify the connection details for the source SQL Server instance.

    Make sure to use a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for the source SQL Server instance name. You can also use the IP Address for situations in which DNS name resolution isn't possible.

  2. If you haven't installed a trusted certificate on your source server, select the Trust server certificate check box.

    When a trusted certificate isn't installed, SQL Server generates a self-signed certificate when the instance is started. This certificate is used to encrypt the credentials for client connections.

    Caution

    SSL connections that are encrypted using a self-signed certificate do not provide strong security. They are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks. You should not rely on SSL using self-signed certificates in a production environment or on servers that are connected to the internet.

    Source Details

Specify target details

  1. Select Save, and then on the Migration target details screen, specify the connection details for the target Azure SQL Database server, which is the pre-provisioned Azure SQL Database to which the AdventureWorks2012 schema was deployed by using the DMA.

    Select Target

  2. Select Save, and then on the Map to target databases screen, map the source and the target database for migration.

    If the target database contains the same database name as the source database, the Azure Database Migration Service selects the target database by default.

    Map to target databases

  3. Select Save, on the Select tables screen, expand the table listing, and then review the list of affected fields.

    The Azure Database Migration Service auto selects all the empty source tables that exist on the target Azure SQL Database instance. If you want to remigrate tables that already include data, you need to explicitly select the tables on this blade.

    Select tables

  4. Select Save, on the Migration summary screen, in the Activity name text box, specify a name for the migration activity, and then review the summary to ensure that the source and target details match what you previously specified.

    Migration Summary

Run the migration

  • Select Run migration.

    The migration activity window appears, and the Status of the activity is Initializing.

    Activity Status - initializing

Monitor the migration

  1. On the migration activity screen, select Refresh to update the display until the Status of the migration shows as Running.

  2. Click on a specific database to get to the migration status for Full data load and Incremental data sync operations.

    Activity Status - in progress

Perform migration cutover

After the initial Full load is completed, the databases are marked Ready to cutover.

  1. When you're ready to complete the database migration, select Start Cutover.

    Start cutover

  2. Make sure to stop all the incoming transactions to the source database; wait until the Pending changes counter shows 0.

  3. Select Confirm, and the select Apply.
  4. When the database migration status shows Completed, connect your applications to the new target Azure SQL Database.

    Activity Status - completed

Next steps