Manage SQL Server VMs in Azure by using the Azure portal

In the Azure portal, the SQL virtual machines resource is an independent management service. You can use it to view all of your SQL Server VMs simultaneously and modify settings dedicated to SQL Server:

SQL virtual machines resource

Remarks

  • We recommend that you use the SQL virtual machines resource to view and manage your SQL Server VMs in Azure. But currently, the SQL virtual machines resource does not support the management of end-of-support SQL Server VMs. To manage settings for your end-of-support SQL Server VMs, use the deprecated SQL Server configuration tab instead.
  • The SQL virtual machines resource is available only to SQL Server VMs that have registered with the SQL VM resource provider.

Access the SQL virtual machines resource

To access the SQL virtual machines resource, do the following:

  1. Open the Azure portal.

  2. Select All Services.

  3. Enter SQL virtual machines in the search box.

  4. (Optional): Select the star next to SQL virtual machines to add this option to your Favorites menu.

  5. Select SQL virtual machines.

    Find SQL Server virtual machines in all services

  6. The portal lists all SQL Server VMs available within the subscription. Select the one that you want to manage to open the SQL virtual machines resource. Use the search box if your SQL Server VM isn't appearing.

    All available SQL Server VMs

    Selecting your SQL Server VM opens the SQL virtual machines resource:

    SQL virtual machines resource

Tip

The SQL virtual machines resource is for dedicated SQL Server settings. Select the name of the VM in the Virtual machine box to open settings that are specific to the VM, but not exclusive to SQL Server.

Access the SQL Server configuration tab

The SQL Server configuration tab has been deprecated. At this time, it's the only method to manage end-of-support SQL Server VMs, and SQL Server VMs that have not been registered with the SQL VM resource provider.

To access the deprecated SQL Server configuration tab, go to the Virtual machines resource. Use the following steps:

  1. Open the Azure portal.

  2. Select All Services.

  3. Enter virtual machines in the search box.

  4. (Optional): Select the star next to Virtual machines to add this option to your Favorites menu.

  5. Select Virtual machines.

    Search for virtual machines

  6. The portal lists all virtual machines in the subscription. Select the one that you want to manage to open the Virtual machines resource. Use the search box if your SQL Server VM isn't appearing.

  7. Select SQL Server configuration in the Settings pane to manage your SQL Server VM.

    SQL Server configuration

Next steps

For more information, see the following articles: