Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Copying Windows Azure SQL Database to a local server

The following script will download a SQL Azure database and import it into a local running instance. It assumes the local database does not exist. The import step could also be used to create an off-site backup.

This script uses the SqlPackage tool, which can be downloaded using the Web Platform Installer to install Microsoft SQL Server Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx).

You will need to replace the values surrounded in asterisks (*) for the script to work correctly.


$sqlPackage = 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\110\DAC\bin\sqlpackage.exe'

$bacPacFile = join-path $env:TEMP 'Import.bacpac'
    & $sqlPackage /a:Export /ssn:*****AZURE_DATABASE_SERVER***** /sdn:*****DATABASE_NAME***** /su:*****AZURE DATABASE ADMIN USER NAME***** /sp:$DatabaseAdministratorPassword /tf:$bacPacFile
    if(!$?) {
        throw "Failed to export database."
    & $sqlPackage /a:Import /tdn:*****DATABASE_NAME***** /tsn:localhost\sqlexpress /sf:$bacPacFile
    if(!$?) {
        throw "Failed to import database."
finally {
    del $bacPacFile


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