Created this a database from a backup.

I want to delete this database because I selected the incorrect backup. When trying to delete the database I get the following error:

Failed to delete the database: [DBNAME]. ErrorCode: 400 ErrorMessage: Cannot use reserved database name '[DBNAME]' in this operation. This is an SQL database.

Steps taken to delette database:

  1. Open Azure Portal.
  2. Select Database ([DBNAME]).
  3. Click delete button.
  4. Get above mentioned error.



Connecting with SSMS: The Database that I want to delete is not there DB not there

  • @ceejayoz Is that really related here? (his question implies he was using the Azure GUI) – Reaces Oct 17 '16 at 17:32
  • Have you tried deleting the database using SSMS? The GUI isn't always reliable and if you keep getting the error you'll either want to contact support, or try a manual deletion using SSMS. Btw if you can could you add some screenshots about your error? I'd like to see where you get this message. – Reaces Oct 17 '16 at 17:36
  • @Reaces Given the error message, it appears the GUI isn't escaping the database name, and that OP has used a reserved word as a name. Relevant, but doesn't fully answer, hence my comment. – ceejayoz Oct 17 '16 at 17:40
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    @LouwrensPotgieter I would really suggest you contact microsoft support for this. You have a database in the GUI that isn't showing up in SSMS, that shouldn't happen. – Reaces Oct 18 '16 at 15:49

It sounds like you have used a reserved word in the DB name and for some reason the deletion process in the Azure portal isn't dealing with this. A couple of ways to deal with the immediate issue:

  • Delete the database through SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Use SSMS to rename the database to something without a reserved word and then delete it through the portal

I would also suggest raising an bug with MS as the portal should either handle this, or prevent you from creating the DB in the first place.

  • +1, I should have put that in an answer myself :) – Reaces Oct 18 '16 at 15:49
  • Hi - i have the same problem (im using SSMS by default) - however the problem database is not listed under the database server's node in SSMS – yarg Dec 21 '16 at 9:09

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