Tutorial: Back up and restore databases using Azure Data Studio

In this tutorial, you learn how to use Azure Data Studio to:

  • Back up a database.
  • View the backup status.
  • Generate the script used to perform the backup.
  • Restore a database.
  • View the status of the restore task.


This tutorial requires SQL Server TutorialDB. To create the TutorialDB database, complete the following quickstart:

This tutorial requires a connection to a SQL Server database. Azure SQL Database has automated backups, so Azure Data Studio doesn't perform Azure SQL Database backup and restore. For more information, see Learn about automatic SQL Database backups.

Back up a database

  1. Open the TutorialDB database dashboard by opening the SERVERS sidebar. Then select Ctrl+G, expand Databases, right-click TutorialDB, and select Manage.

  2. Open the Backup database dialog box by selecting Backup on the Tasks widget.

    Screenshot that shows the Tasks widget.

  3. This tutorial uses the default backup options, so select Backup.

    Screenshot that shows the Backup dialog box.

After you select Backup, the Backup database dialog box disappears and the backup process begins.

View the backup status and the backup script

  1. The Task History pane appears, or select Ctrl+T to open it.

    Screenshot that shows the Task History pane.

  2. To view the backup script in the editor, right-click Backup Database succeeded and select Script.

    Screenshot that shows backup script.

Restore a database from a backup file

  1. Open the SERVERS sidebar by selecting Ctrl+G. Then right-click your server, and select Manage.

  2. Open the Restore database dialog box by selecting Restore on the Tasks widget.

    Screenshot that shows Task restore.

  3. Select Backup file in the Restore from box.

  4. Select the ellipses (...) in the Backup file path box, and select the latest backup file for TutorialDB.

  5. Enter TutorialDB_Restored in the Target database box in the Destination section to restore the backup file to a new database. Then select Restore.

    Screenshot that shows Restore backup.

  6. To view the status of the restore operation, select Ctrl+T to open the Task History.

    Screenshot that shows History task restore.