Create a single Azure SQL database using PowerShell

PowerShell is used to create and manage Azure resources from the command line or in scripts. This guide details using PowerShell to deploy an Azure SQL database in an Azure resource group in an Azure SQL Database logical server.

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

This tutorial requires the Azure PowerShell module version 4.0 or later. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable AzureRM to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module.

Log in to Azure

Log in to your Azure subscription using the Connect-AzureRmAccount command and follow the on-screen directions.


Create variables

Define variables for use in the scripts in this quickstart.

# The data center and resource name for your resources
$resourcegroupname = "myResourceGroup"
$location = "WestEurope"
# The logical server name: Use a random value or replace with your own value (do not capitalize)
$servername = "server-$(Get-Random)"
# Set an admin login and password for your database
# The login information for the server
$adminlogin = "ServerAdmin"
$password = "ChangeYourAdminPassword1"
# The ip address range that you want to allow to access your server - change as appropriate
$startip = ""
$endip = ""
# The database name
$databasename = "mySampleDatabase"

Create a resource group

Create an Azure resource group using the New-AzureRmResourceGroup command. A resource group is a logical container into which Azure resources are deployed and managed as a group. The following example creates a resource group named myResourceGroup in the westeurope location.

New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name $resourcegroupname -Location $location

Create a logical server

Create an Azure SQL Database logical server using the New-AzureRmSqlServer command. A logical server contains a group of databases managed as a group. The following example creates a randomly named server in your resource group with an admin login named ServerAdmin and a password of ChangeYourAdminPassword1. Replace these pre-defined values as desired.

New-AzureRmSqlServer -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroupname `
    -ServerName $servername `
    -Location $location `
    -SqlAdministratorCredentials $(New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList $adminlogin, $(ConvertTo-SecureString -String $password -AsPlainText -Force))

Configure a server firewall rule

Create an Azure SQL Database server-level firewall rule using the New-AzureRmSqlServerFirewallRule command. A server-level firewall rule allows an external application, such as SQL Server Management Studio or the SQLCMD utility to connect to a SQL database through the SQL Database service firewall. In the following example, the firewall is only opened for other Azure resources. To enable external connectivity, change the IP address to an appropriate address for your environment. To open all IP addresses, use as the starting IP address and as the ending address.

New-AzureRmSqlServerFirewallRule -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroupname `
    -ServerName $servername `
    -FirewallRuleName "AllowSome" -StartIpAddress $startip -EndIpAddress $endip


SQL Database communicates over port 1433. If you are trying to connect from within a corporate network, outbound traffic over port 1433 may not be allowed by your network's firewall. If so, you will not be able to connect to your Azure SQL Database server unless your IT department opens port 1433.

Create a database in the server with sample data

Create a database with an S0 performance level in the server using the New-AzureRmSqlDatabase command. The following example creates a database called mySampleDatabase and loads the AdventureWorksLT sample data into this database. Replace these predefined values as desired (other quickstarts in this collection build upon the values in this quickstart).

New-AzureRmSqlDatabase  -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroupname `
    -ServerName $servername `
    -DatabaseName $databasename `
    -SampleName "AdventureWorksLT" `
    -RequestedServiceObjectiveName "S0"

Clean up resources

Other quickstart in this collection build upon this quickstart.


If you plan to continue on to work with subsequent quickstart, do not clean up the resources created in this quickstart. If you do not plan to continue, use the following steps to delete all resources created by this quickstart in the Azure portal.

Remove-AzureRmResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroupname

Next steps