Import database into Azure using Azure Power Shell

Hi All

The below powrshell script gives  you an idea on how to import a Azure Database backup bacpac file into your azure subscription.

The comments are inline with the actions performed.


$DatabaseName = "MyDatabaseName"
Write-Host "You have to download the publish settings file inorder to continue with the deployment"
Write-Host "You will be redirected to the azure site to download the file. the download will start automatically"
$name = Read-Host 'Press Enter to Continue'
# Downloads the publish settings file from your azure subscription
$name = Read-Host 'Press Enter to Continue'
Write-Host "Browse the .publishsetttings file you have just downloaded"
$name = Read-Host 'Press Enter to Continue'
# Use file dialog to browse the publish settings file. I am pointing it to Downloads folder of user
$dialog = New-Object
$dialog.InitialDirectory = $home + "\Downloads"
$dialog.DefaultExt = '.publishsettings'
$dialog.Filter = 'Publish Settings|*.publishsettings|All Files|*.*'
$dialog.Multiselect = $false
$dialog.Title = "Select a Azure Subscriptions Publishsettings file"
$rc = $dialog.ShowDialog()
if ($rc -eq [System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult]::OK)
$dialog = $dialog.FileName
#note : overriding the $dialog with file name
#imports the publish settings file
# the publish settings file has the certificate which lets you access the azure subscription .
Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile $dialog
# Setting the container name. Creates a container in which the database backup file will be uploaded
# The database backup is uploaded to blob container and then imported to the database.
# Te database back up file/container will be removed after the import
$StorageAccountName = Read-Host 'Enter the Storage Account Name'
# fetching the Key from the storage account. this is needed to set the context.
$storageAccountKey = Get-AzureStorageKey $StorageAccountName | %{ $_.Primary }
#create a storage context
$StorageContext = New-AzureStorageContext -StorageAccountName $StorageAccountName -StorageAccountKey $storageAccountKey
# Creates the container in your storage account.
# and uploads the backup file to this container
$DbBackupContainerName = "databasebackupcontainer"
# The database backup file name. This is the bacpac file generated when exporting the database.
$DbBackupFileName = ""
# Getting the current folder from script execution path
$scriptpath = $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
$dir = Split-Path $scriptpath
#Appending the subfolder name data to the current script path. All data is should be in data folder of current script.
# the database backup file is put at in the data sub folder.
$fqName = $dir + "\Data\" + $DbBackupFileName
#create the container to upload the data
New-AzureStorageContainer $DbBackupContainerName -Permission Off -Context $StorageContext
#upload the current file to the blob
Set-AzureStorageBlobContent -Blob $DbBackupFileName -Container $DbBackupContainerName -File $fqName -Context $StorageContext -Force
Write-Host "Enter the Database Server credentials in the popup window"
$name = Read-Host 'Press Enter to Continue'
# Prompt user to enter credentials for the database server.
# The password must follow standard password guidelines
# It must be a mix of alphabets, numbers and special characters. The error check has not been handled in the script here incase of password not matching standards
$credential = Get-Credential
# Create a new Server to upload the database. If you have an exisiting server skip creating new server and use servername directly in the next step.
$server = New-AzureSqlDatabaseServer -Location "East US" -AdministratorLogin $credential.UserName -AdministratorLoginPassword $credential.GetNetworkCredential().Password
# creating fully qualified servername
$fqServerName = $server.ServerName + ""
# to manage the database we have to add the current ip address to the list of allowed ip addresses to the list.
# using the .Net web client object to get the ip address ad adding it as firewall rule
$wc=New-Object net.webclient
$ip = $wc.downloadstring("") -replace "[^\d\.]"
# fetchng todays date
$todaysdatetime = Get-Date
# creating a firewall rule name with a timestamp of todays date.
$firewallRulename = "ClientIpAddress" + $todaysdatetime.Year +"-" + $todaysdatetime.Month +"-" + $todaysdatetime.Day +"-" + $todaysdatetime.Hour +"-" + $todaysdatetime.Minute +"-"+ $todaysdatetime.Second +"-" + $todaysdatetime.Millisecond
#add the firewall rule
$server | New-AzureSqlDatabaseServerFirewallRule -RuleName $firewallRulename -StartIPAddress $ip -EndIPAddress $ip
# create a new datavase. which is a web edition/ you can also create database with business edition.
$database = New-AzureSqlDatabase -ServerName $server.ServerName -DatabaseName $DatabaseName -Edition "Web" -MaxSizeGB 1 -Collation "SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS"
# making the server to allow azure services
$server | New-AzureSqlDatabaseServerFirewallRule -AllowAllAzureServices
#setting the sql context
$SqlCtx = New-AzureSqlDatabaseServerContext -ServerName $server.ServerName -Credential $credential
#get the container nto variable
$Container = Get-AzureStorageContainer -Name $DbBackupContainerName -Context $StorageContext
#import the bacpac file uploaded into the databse name mentioned.
$importRequest = Start-AzureSqlDatabaseImport -SqlConnectionContext $SqlCtx -StorageContainer $Container -DatabaseName $DatabaseName -BlobName $DbBackupFileName
#delete the container with the database backup bacpac file after import.
Remove-AzureStorageContainer -Name $DbBackupContainerName -Context $StorageContext -Force -Confirm
Comments (2)

  1. PeteN says:

    Is there any way to know when Start-AzureSqlDatabaseImport has completed? The code you list would remove the bacpac from storage before the imported completed and therefore fail

  2. RobAshton_UK says:

    The Start-AzureSqlDatabaseImport cmdlet emits an ImportExportRequest object that can be piped into the Get-AzureSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus cmdlet.

    Repeatedly testing the Status property of the StatusInfo object you get from Get-AzureSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus (in a do-while loop with a suitable sleep, for example) lets you wait until the import process is actually finished before doing the storage container clean up work.

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