How to: Migrate to a schema in an existing database using SSMA

SSMA, by default, migrate to dbo schema in a SQL Server database with the same name as source database schema you are migrating from. If the database does not exists, then SSMA will prompt if you like to create a new database. You can modify the target migration to an existing database with the following steps:

  1. Open/create new SSMA project
  2. Connect to source database
  3. Connect to SQL Server (and specify the database name – make sure to match the case for database name)


  1. Select the schema to be migrated and click modify


  1. Choose target schema (using the following convention servername.schemaname – make sure to match the case for database name)


  1. If the target schema does not exist, SSMA prompt confirmation window. Click yes to continue


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