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Tutorials and Guides


Azure subscription and service limits, quotas, and constraints

Learn about the most common Microsoft Azure limits for subscriptions, web workers, virtual machines, networking, storage, and SQL Database.

Tutorials and hands-on labs

Use this set of tutorials and hands-on labs to learn the basics of using SQL Database in the cloud.

SQL Server on an Azure VM or SQL Database?

Guidance to help you understand which option in Azure is best for your business requirements.

Get started with SQL Data Sync

Use this tutorial to learn how to synchronize databases using SQL Data Sync in the Azure Management Portal.

Learn about the service tiers (in preview) and editions

Explains the new service tiers and editions in SQL Database.

Azure SQL Database library

Guidance and tutorials to help you understand how to use SQL Database. This library guidance contains information about compatibility issues, getting started, SQL Database concepts, development, and administration.


Management REST API Reference

Developer’s reference for the REST API, which you can use for managing SQL Database servers and their associated firewall rules.

Development Considerations in Azure SQL Database

Learn about the best practices for developing applications for SQL Database.

Guidelines for Connecting to Azure SQL Database

Learn about the best practices for connecting third-party applications to SQL Database.

Migrate a Java Spring Framework Application to Azure and Azure SQL Database

This end-to-end tutorial demonstrates how to migrate a complete Spring Framework application (the Java Pet Clinic) to Azure, including the use of Azure SQL Database with JPA/Hibernate using the latest SQL Server JDBC drivers.


Create and configure SQL Database

In this tutorial, you’ll create a logical server and configure the firewall using the management portal.

Deploy a database to Azure

This tutorial helps you use SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 or 2012 to move an on-premises SQL Server database to Azure.


Get started with SQL database auditing

Azure SQL Database Auditing tracks database events and writes events to an audit log in your Azure Storage account. Use auditing to help maintain regulatory compliance, understand database activity, and gain insight into discrepancies and anomalies.

Manage SQL Database using SQL Server Management Studio

Learn how to add logins and users to SQL Database.

Monitor SQL Database Using Dynamic Management Views

Learn how to use Data Management Views (DMVs) to monitor data capacity, query problems, and current connections.

Azure SQL Database performance and scaling

Understand techniques you can use to redistribute your workload across multiple servers to address issues with data capacity or performance.