Migrate an On Premise server with SQL Server to a virtual machine in Azure RRS feed

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  • Hi all,

    I have a question about this topic.

    An On Premise server that has SQL Server is going to migrate to a virtual machine in Azure.

    If SQL Server is installed on the Azure VM and the same license that On Premise had is used, does it work?

    Is special licensing necessary?

    Thank you
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:19 PM


  • Hello,

    For the VMs it will work if you have a Software Assurance or Windows Server Subscriptions,moreover You can use the benefit with Windows Server Datacenter and Standard edition licenses.

    For SQL Server allows you to use on-premises licenses to run SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines. If you have Software Assurance, you can use AHB when deploying a new SQL VM or activate SQL Server AHB for an existing SQL VM with a pay as you go (PAYG) license. Bring your own license (BYOL) SQL Images on Azure Marketplace should be used to implement SQL Server AHB when deploying a new SQL VM. However, if you already have a SQL VM with a PAYG license, activating AHB currently requires re-deploying the VM with BYOL SQL image

    Suggested Options:

    1. SQL Database Managed Instance  and migrate your SQL Server databases without changing your apps.
    2. SQL Database Single Database or Elastic Pool and build data-driven applications and websites in the programming language of your choice

    As per Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit gives customers an entitlement on Azure but does not ask them to "physically move" a license key to Azure.

    Ref: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-hybrid-benefit-for-sql-server-on-azure-virtual-machines/

    Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:45 PM