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Login to the Azure Portal site using your subscription id and password


Once logged in you will be on the Portal page of Azure.

Note: first you need a SQL Database on Azure site with your subscription. If it not available. follow the steps below on how to create SQL database on Azure:


Connecting to the Microsoft Azure portal with a subscription

First of all we need to install the latest version of  SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) on a local machine (Where you are going to connect)
The newest version of SSMS is optimized for both SQL Database and SQL Server 2016, and is also designed for use with older versions of SQL Server. To download and install the most recent version of SSMS, see Download SQL Server Management Studio

Use the following steps to connect to Azure SQL Database with SSMS

  • Type "Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio" in the Windows search box, and then click the desktop app to start SSMS.

  • In the Connect to Server window, enter the following information:

Server type: The default is database engine. Do not change this value.

Server name: Enter the name of the server that hosts your SQL database in the following format: <servername>.database.windows.net

Authentication type: If you are just getting started, select SQL Authentication. If you have enabled Active Directory for your SQL Database logical server, you can select either Active Directory Password Authentication or Active Directory Integrated Authentication.

User name: If you selected either SQL Authentication or Active Directory Password Authentication, enter the name of a user with access to a database on the server.

Password: If you selected either SQL Authentication or Active Directory Password Authentication, enter the password for the specified user.

  • To get above information, login to Azure Portal and click on created SQL Database and verified below screen shots with needing information.

Here we will set server name and login details will be same as your subscription for first time login.

  • Open SSMS 2016 and then enter the login details with sever db name and click Connect.

  • If your client's IP address does not have access to the SQL Database, you will be prompted to sign in to an Azure account and create a server-level firewall rule.

  • If you are an Azure subscription administrator and need to sign in, when the sign in page appears, provide the credentials for your subscription and sign in.

  • After your sign in to Azure is successful, click OK to configure

  • Again, go back to SSMS and click Login. Here we will be able to connect SQL DB in local machine.