Linked Server to Azure SQL Database

You may (or may not) have a requirement to setup a linked server to Azure SQL Database from a locally installed SQL Server. One reason could be to pull down some reports from an Azure SQL Database to a local file share. Whatever your reason is hopefully you will find this blog post useful because I ran into some complications on the way.

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SQL Vulnerability Assessment for Azure SQL Database

Back in September 2017 Microsoft announced a new security feature for Azure SQL Database called the SQL Vulnerability Assessment (VA). It is currently in preview mode where it has the ability to find, you can guess, security based vulnerabilities for your database such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and exposed sensitive data.

Let’s setup a scan. You can find this feature within the settings section of your database.

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Azure SQL Database – Service Tiers

Naturally the cost of Azure SQL Database directly relates to what tier and performance level you are using. Starting from the least expensive basic database to the more premium ones I thought it would be worthwhile capturing the costs (GBP) across all tiers.

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Azure SQL Database Compatibility Levels

Let’s start off with a quick overview of SQL Server versions and compatibility levels.

  • 100 = SQL Server 2008 and Azure SQL Database
  • 110 = SQL Server 2012 and Azure SQL Database
  • 120 = SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database
  • 130 = SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database
  • 140 = SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database

So with SQL Server 2017 now available to the public what level is a newly created Azure SQL Database set at?

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Azure SQL Database Level Firewall Rules

I have written about Azure SQL Database LEVEL firewall rules before during my blog series, more specifically the security blog post. If you can’t remember the section on firewalls then I will bring the following diagram to your attention.

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Azure SQL Database Data Integrity Checks

If you remember last month I wrote about DBCC CHECKDB and Azure SQL Database, more specifically whose responsibility (Microsoft’s) it is and ponderings on how it is actually done. (https://blobeater.blog/2017/09/04/dbcc-checkdb-azure-sql-database/)

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DBCC CHECKDB Azure SQL Database

Who should be running DBCC CHECKDB for Azure SQL Database? Should it be Microsoft or should customers be scheduling it? All official information just tells you that you CAN run it (below shows the green tick) but still no clarity around the question.

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SSMS and MFA support for Azure SQL DB

Quite a mouth full for a title but never the less very exciting. With the new version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.2 You now have the option to use Azure AD authentication for Universal Authentication with Multi-factor authentication (MFA) enabled, by that I mean use a login via SSMS that is enabled for MFA where below I will show you the two step verification using a push notification to my iPhone. (Yes iPhone I love it)

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