azure sql backup to azure storage

Use the following script to backup azure sql to storage.
replace database details and storage details in the scripts below.
Also you would need to import your azure publishing file to run this script.
refer to this article on how to azure publishing file.


# Check if Windows Azure Powershell is avaiable
Import-Module Azure -ErrorAction Stop
throw “Windows Azure Powershell not found! Please make sure to install them from”

Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile “C:\jenkinsjobs\Pay-As-You-Go.publishsettings” #replace with your publishing file path

$DatabaseName= “DBName”
$DatabasePassword=”azure sql password”
$DatabaseUsername=”azure sql user”
$StorageName=”storage name”
$StorageKey=”storage key”
$dateTime = get-date -Format u
$blobName = “$DatabaseName.$dateTime.bacpac”
Write-Host “Using blobName: $blobName”

# Create Database Connection
$securedPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -String $DatabasePassword -asPlainText -Force
$serverCredential = new-object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($DatabaseUsername, $securedPassword)
$databaseContext = New-AzureSqlDatabaseServerContext -FullyQualifiedServerName $DatabaseServerName -Credential $serverCredential

# Create Storage Connection
$storageContext = New-AzureStorageContext -StorageAccountName $StorageName -StorageAccountKey $StorageKey

# Initiate the Export
$operationStatus = Start-AzureSqlDatabaseExport -StorageContext $storageContext -SqlConnectionContext $databaseContext -BlobName $blobName -DatabaseName $DatabaseName -StorageContainerName $StorageContainerName

# Wait for the operation to finish
if ($operationStatus)
$status = Get-AzureSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus -Request $operationStatus
if ($status){
Start-Sleep -s 3
$progress =$status.Status.ToString()
Write-Host “Waiting for database export completion. Operation status: $progress”
Write-Host “Null Status. Awating updates.”
}until ($status.Status -eq “Completed”)
Write-Host “Database export is complete”

backup azure storage

I always keep a backup of my azure storage so that in case code deletes something by mistake in azure storage, i have the backup ready to get the file from. Even though azure replicates storage, but it is not fail proof in case of manual deletion and the replica will remove the blob too.

I use AZCOPY to move my data from storage to storage or storage to azure file. This is then run as a 6 hourly job to sync data with storage, giving me enough time to get copy from manual replica in case I delete something.

to download azcopy, go to this link –

then use this powershell script to run AZcopy. (replace with your source and destination storage)

$theSource = @{path=”; accessKey=”; recursion=”; pattern=”}
$theDestination = @{path=”; accessKey=”}

$theSource.path = ‘/Source:’
$theSource.AccessKey = ‘/SourceKey:KEY’
$theDestination.path = ‘/Dest:’
$theDestination.AccessKey = ‘/DestKey:KEY’

$theSource.recursion = ‘/S /V /XO’
$supressConfirmationPrompt = ‘/Y’
$listingOnlyOption = ” # or /L – use this option if you just want to list.

$arguments = $theSource.path + ” ” + $theDestination.path + ” ” + $theSource.AccessKey + ” ” + $theDestination.AccessKey + ” ” + $theSource.recursion + ” ” + $supressConfirmationPrompt + ” ” + $listingOnlyOption

$pinfo = New-Object System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
$pinfo.FileName = “C:\AzCopy\AzCopy.exe ”
$pinfo.Arguments = $arguments

$pinfo.RedirectStandardError = $true
$pinfo.RedirectStandardOutput = $true
$pinfo.UseShellExecute = $false

$p = New-Object System.Diagnostics.Process
$p.StartInfo = $pinfo
$p.Start() | Out-Null
$stdout = $p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd()
$stderr = $p.StandardError.ReadToEnd()
Write-Host “stdout: $stdout”
Write-Host “stderr: $stderr”
Write-Host “exit code: ” + $p.ExitCode

if you dont want to use storage key but SAS keys, replace /SourceKey and /DestKey with /SourceSAS and /DestSAS

Then to schedule this job in jenkins, use the following to run it as batch command -Powershell.exe  -NonInteractive -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File C:\JenkinsJobs\LLProdDatabaseBackups.ps1