The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) enables you to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality on your new version of SQL Server. It recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment. It also allows you to not only move your schema, data, but also uncontained objects from your source server to your target server.
DMA replaces all previous versions of the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor and should be used for upgrades for most SQL Server versions (see below for supported versions).
What's new in v3.0?
DMA enables assessment of your on-premises SQL Server instance migrating to Azure SQL databases. The assessment workflow helps you to detect the following issues that can affect your Azure SQL database migration.
- Migration blocking issues
- Partially or unsupported features and functions.
The new Azure SQL database assessment also provides comprehensive recommendations that helps fix the issues reported.
Supported source and target versions
Source: SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, and SQL Server 2016
Target: SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, and Azure SQL Database
You can install the tool from Microsoft Download Center. Execute DataMigrationAssistant.msi to install Data Migration Assistant.