Connecting to Azure SQL Database


May 25, 2016 by Kenneth Fisher

Recently I created my first Azure SQL Database. But now I need to connect to it.

You can connect using any number of tools. We can actually see several options by going back to our Azure Portal. Select the SQL Databases list, a specific SQL Database, and then the Quick Start option. (It looks like a broken cloud to me.)


Personally my tool of choice is SSMS. You can either follow the link show in the quick start menu or follow this one. I should point out that SSMS 2016 is free to download and use can can connect back to SQL 2008 (well actually 2000 but no guarantees that everything will work correctly).

Now install SSMS .. I’ll wait.

So now that SSMS is installed the next thing we need is the server name to connect to.

One of the properties of the SQL Database is the Server Name.


Unfortunately with a long name it’s abbreviated (it’s what you called it + “” if that helps) and I haven’t figured out a way to copy it directly. What I did do is take a look at the connection strings and copy one of them.


Driver={SQL Server Native Client 11.0};,1433;
TrustServerCertificate=no;Connection Timeout=30;

Enter that server name into a normal Object Explorer or Query Window connection window. Use the user name and password that you set up as your administrator. (There is of course a way to create other logins and I’m sure I’ll go into that at a later date.)


However the first time you hit Connect you will get an error.


I tried signing in and using the form above to create my new firewall rule but kept getting an authentication error. That being the case I went a different route.

First I go to the properties of my server, then to the firewall settings, type in the IP(range) and save.


Note: You can remove an IP(range) by hitting the ellipsis (…) and selecting delete. You do need to make sure to hit SAVE afterwards though.

Now that my IP is in place I can connect with no problems!


2 thoughts on “Connecting to Azure SQL Database

  1. dewitte says:

    Thanks for posting this. I need to look at Azure again. Funny story – we went to an Azure conference a few years ago and during the conference we did a kind of test where all the attendees set up virtual machines in the cloud and then started running load balancing program/tests of some kind (I forget now). Anyway, they were trying to show how solid the system was. This was a Saturday. We all went home and forgot about it until the next week when some of us received emails that we’d used up ALL of our free resource time. Apparently, it would have been smart to shut down those processes before we left. I haven’t tried even logging in since that time.

  2. […] is where we will need that server name from before. Don’t forget that in order to connect we need a firewall rule in place. Also pay special attention to the Edition (Basic, Standard, Premium, and Data Warehouse), Size […]

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