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This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a data mangler in London working for Dunnhumby

Move a SQL Azure server between subscriptions

In September 2011 I published a blog post SSIS Reporting Pack v0.2 now available in which I made available the credentials of a sample database that one could use to test SSIS Reporting Pack. That database was sitting on a paid-for Azure subscription and hence was costing me about £5 a month - not a huge amount but when I later got a free Azure subscription through my MSDN Subscription in January 2012 it made sense to migrate the database onto that subscription. Since then I have been endeavouring to make that move but a few failed attempts combined with lack of time meant that I had not yet gotten round to it.

That is until this morning when I heard about a new feature available in the Azure Management Portal that enables one to move a SQL Azure server from one subscription to another. Up to now I had been attempting to use a combination of SSIS packages and/or scripts to move the data but, as I alluded, I ran into a few roadblocks hence the ability to move a SQL Azure server was a godsend to me. I fired up the Azure Management Portal and a few clicks later my server had been successfully migrated, moreover the name of the server doesn't change and neither do any credentials so I have no need to go and update my original blog post either. Its easy to be cynical about SQL Azure (and I maintain a healthy scepticism myself) but that, my friends, is cool!

You can read more about the ability to move SQL Azure servers between subscriptions from the official blog post Moving SQL Azure Servers Between Subscriptions.


Published Monday, March 26, 2012 11:43 AM by jamiet
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AzureUser said:

Sadly, this option is no longer available. The only way to do this now is to contact Azure Support. So, don't hold your breath.

September 10, 2013 6:38 AM

jamiet said:

Really? Boo :(

September 10, 2013 6:53 AM

Milan said:

It is available. Even if blog mentioned is out of date you can follow the steps. Note, you can move only between subscriptions which are in the same directory. See

February 3, 2016 11:25 AM

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