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Deploying a SQL Server VM in Azure

Starting with SQL Server 2017, we can run Microsoft's enterprise-grade RDBMS on Linux. Combined with the power of the Azure Marketplace, this gives us the ability to quickly spin up database infrastructure in a minimal amount of time. In this hands-on lab, we quickly meet business demands for database infrastructure by utilizing images in the Azure Marketplace.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Nov 15, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Log In to the Azure Portal

    Log in to the Azure Portal using the provided credentials.

  2. Challenge

    Create a SQL Server on Linux VM from the Azure Marketplace

    • On the home page, click Create a resource.
    • Search for "SQL Server 2017" and hit enter.
    • Filter the search by the criteria Operating system -> Redhat and Publisher -> Microsoft.
    • Click on Free SQL Server License: SQL Server 2017 Developer on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 (RHEL).
    • Click Create.
    • Select the resource group created by the lab.
    • Provide a Virtual machine name.
    • Click Change size under Size.
    • Choose "See all sizes" and scroll down to the B2s row and select it.
    • Choose Password for the Authentication type, then provide a Username and Password.
    • Click Allow selected ports.
    • Select SSH (22).
    • Click Review + create.
    • Verify everything looks good and click Create.
    • Once the deployment is complete, click Go to resource.
  3. Challenge

    Connect to the VM

    • On the resource page, click Connect at the top.
    • Use the provided information to SSH to the server.
  4. Challenge

    Change the SA Password

    • Stop the mssql-server service. sudo systemctl stop mssql-server
    • Change the SA password. sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf set-sa-password
    • Restart the mssql-server service. sudo systemctl start mssql-server
  5. Challenge

    Allow Incoming Connections

    If we'd like outside applications to connect to our database, we must follow these steps.

    • On our resource page, click Networking in the left pane.
    • Click Add inbound port rule.
    • Leave all of the defaults, but change Destination port ranges to "1433".
    • Change Name to "Port_1433".
    • Click Add.

    Use the following commands to open the firewall port on the VM.

    sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=1433/tcp --permanent
    sudo firewall-cmd --reload

    Success! We've created a SQL Server backend that the development team can utilize with minimal time and configuration!

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