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I am migrating our SQL Server (Web 2017) instance our of our Azure VM (Windows Server 2019) into Azure SQL. After this I obviously do not want to be paying for SQL Server on the VM any more.

The VM also acts as a web server so I would prefer not to have to set up a new VM to replace it. Removing SQL Server would be the ideal solution. Uninstalling isn't an issue; but I do not know how to tell Azure not to bill us for it any more!

I know that when you add SQL Server to an existing VM you need to register it with the SQL Server VM Resource Provider, so I presume it is just a case of de-registering it, but I haven't had any luck finding any documentation on the topic.

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You can unregister the provider to stop paying for it, this is documented here

You effectively delete the SQL VM resource, which does not delete the actual VM.

  • I swear I googled the exact title of that post and only got results for registering SQL server! Thank you for doing better searching then me – Ben Jan 12 at 18:03

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