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I am migrating a SQL server 2008 R2 production database to Azure SQL database service in the cloud.

Is it possible to mirror/replicate the Azure database from the 2008 R2 database? So I can just switch over to just using the new one. Instead of take it offline, create a bacpac file, upload it to azure storage, and restore from that one.

I want to do this to reduce downtime during the migration.

Azure doesn't support the traditional log-shipping, and This require that you are moving from a 2012 database or newer.

Edit: Made the question much clearer.

  • Forgot my question.. I haven't found a good answer to this one yet. We went with the manual approach: Took it offline, created a bacpac file, uploaded it to azure storage, and restored from that one. – Andreas Jun 9 '17 at 5:29
  • Note worthy. SQL Replication to Azure is now generally available. azure.microsoft.com/sv-se/blog/… – Andreas Mar 5 '18 at 10:33
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Since you need to migrate SQL 2008 to a new host, I would suggest you follow the blog post instructions. That works for me.

  • Since this have nothing to do with Azure database service. This won't help me at all. I have updated the question a bit to make it more clear of what I am looking for. – Andreas Jan 30 '17 at 22:14

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