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Create the SQL Server Registry

Before being able access the Extended Security Updates (ESU) download area in the Azure portal, the SQL Server instances covered by ESUs must be registered. This ensures that you are able to download an ESU package if and when available.

Important: It's not required to register a SQL Server instance for ESUs when running an Azure Virtual Machine that is configured for Automatic Updates. For more information, see Manage Windows updates by using Azure Automation.

Prepare to register SQL Server instances

To register SQL Server instances, you must first create a SQL Server Registry in the Azure portal.

Note: This operation only needs to be done once. After a SQL Server Registry is created, it can be used to register multiple SQL Server instances.


  1. Open the Azure portal and log in.

  2. If this is your first time registering a SQL Server instance, click the plus (+) sign in the top-left area of the page to create a new resource. Then type SQL Server Registry in the text box and hit the Enter key.

    New Registry Step 1

  3. The SQL Server Registry resource should be available. Click on it begin the Registry setup process.

    New Registry Step 2

  4. After selecting the SQL Server Registry resource, click on the Create button.

    New Registry Step 3

  5. In the PROJECT DETAILS section, select the subscription on which to create the Registry. Then, select either an existing Resource group, or create a new one.

    New Registry Step 4

    In the SERVICE DETAILS section, enter a name for the SQL Server registry, and select a Region on which to deploy this new resource.

    New Registry Step 5

    And then click on the Review + create button.

  6. If the validation passed, you are presented with a screen that summarizes the choices for the new registry resource. If everything seems correct, click on the Create button to start deployment of the new resource.

    New Registry Step 6

    Note the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for the SQL Server Registry are available in this window.

  7. Once deployment is complete, click on the Go to resource button.

    New Registry Step 7

    New Registry Step 8

  8. Now the SQL Server Registry is available.

    New Registry Step 9

    To start registering SQL Server instances, see Registering SQL Server instances.

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