Documentation changes for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Azure allows you to deploy a virtual machine (VM) with an image of SQL Server built in. This article summarizes the documentation changes associated with new features and improvements in the recent releases of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines.

October 2019

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Bulk resource provider registration You can now bulk register SQL virtual machines with the resource provider.
Performance Optimized Storage Configuration You can now fully customize your storage configuration when creating a new SQL Server VM.
Premium file share for FCI You can now create a failover cluster instance using a Premium File Share instead of the original method of Storage Spaces Direct.
   

August 2019

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Azure dedicated host You can run your SQL Server VM on an Azure Dedicated Host.
   

July 2019

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Move SQL VM to different region Use Azure Site Recovery to migrate your SQL Server VM from one region to another.
   

June 2019

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New SQL IaaS installation modes It's now possible to install the SQL Server IaaS extension in lightweight mode to avoid restarting the SQL Server service.
SQL Server edition modification You can now change the edition property for your SQL Server VM.
Changes to SQL VM resource provider You can register your SQL Server VM with the SQL VM resource provider by using the new SQL IaaS modes. This capability includes Windows 2008 images.
Bring-your-own-license images using Azure Hybrid Benefit Bring-your-own-license images deployed from Azure Marketplace can now switch their license type to pay-as-you-go.
   

May 2019

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New SQL Server VM management in Azure portal There's now a way to manage your SQL Server VM in the Azure portal. For more information, see Manage SQL Server VMs in the Azure portal.
   

April 2019

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Extended support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 Extend support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 by migrating as is to an Azure VM.
   

March 2019

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Custom image supportability You can now install the SQL Server IaaS extension to custom OS and SQL images, which offers the limited functionality of flexible licensing. When you're registering your custom image with the SQL resource provider, specify the license type as "AHUB." Otherwise, the registration will fail.
Named instance supportability You can now use the SQL Server IaaS extension with a named instance, if the default instance has been uninstalled properly.
Portal enhancement The Azure portal experience for deploying a SQL Server VM has been revamped to improve usability. For more information, see the brief quickstart and more thorough how-to guide to deploy a SQL Server VM.
   

February 2019

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Portal improvement It's now possible to change the licensing model for a SQL Server VM from pay-as-you-go to bring-your-own-license by using the Azure portal.
Simplification of availability group deployment with Azure SQL Server VM CLI It's now easier than ever to deploy an availability group to a SQL Server VM in Azure. You can use the Azure CLI to create the Windows failover cluster, internal load balancer, and availability group listeners all from the command line. For more information, see Use the Azure SQL Server VM CLI to configure an Always On availability group for SQL Server on an Azure VM.
   

2018

December 2018

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New resource provider for a SQL Server cluster A new resource provider (Microsoft.SqlVirtualMachine/SqlVirtualMachineGroups) defines the metadata of the Windows failover cluster. Joining a SQL Server VM to SqlVirtualMachineGroups bootstraps the Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) service and joins the VM to the cluster.
Automated setup of an availability group deployment with Azure quickstart templates It's now possible to create the Windows failover cluster, join SQL Server VMs to it, create the listener, and configure the internal load balancer with two Azure quickstart templates. For more information, see Use Azure quickstart templates to configure an Always On availability group for SQL Server on an Azure VM.
Automatic registration to the SQL VM resource provider SQL Server VMs deployed after this month are automatically registered with the new SQL Server resource provider. SQL Server VMs deployed before this month still need to be manually registered. For more information, see Register a SQL Server virtual machine in Azure with the SQL VM resource provider.
   

November 2018

Changes Details
New SQL VM resource provider A new resource provider (Microsoft.SqlVirtualMachine) provides better management of your SQL Server VMs. For more information on registering your VMs, see Register a SQL Server virtual machine in Azure with the SQL VM resource provider.
Switch licensing model You can now switch between the pay-per-usage and bring-your-own-license models for your SQL Server VM by using the Azure CLI or PowerShell. For more information, see How to change the licensing model for a SQL Server virtual machine in Azure.
   

Additional resources

Windows VMs:

Linux VMs: