Windows Azure SQL Database Backup Utility
Scott Gu's Blog for more detail.Daily automated SQL backups are now available in the Azure Portal. See
This utility will take a copy of your SQL Database, and once the copy has completed, will make a backup of the database to blob storage using the bacpac format.
Please supply for following command line arguments:
-server [SQL Database server (without .database.windows.net)] -database [database to back up] -databasecopy (optional) [The name of the temporary copy database, defaults to database_copy] -user [SQL Database username] -pwd [SQL Database password] -storagename [Blob Storage account name] -storagekey [Blob Storage account key] -container (optional) [Blob storage container to use, defaults to sqlbackup] -datacenter [The data centre that both the database and storage account are located] (westeurope | southeastasia | eastasia | northcentralus | northeurope | southcentralus | eastus | westus) -cleanup
SQLDatabaseBackup.exe -server nevixxs -database mydb -user username -pwd password -storagename storageaccount -storagekey dmASdd1mg/qPeOgGmCkO333L26cNcnUA1uMcSSOFM... -datacenter eastasia -cleanup
How it works
To create a transactionally consistent backup the utility creates a copy of your database, and then uses the Azure Backup API to copy that database to a bacpac file in Blob Storage.
The backup process is not transactionally consistent, so the utility creates a copy of your database, and then uses the Azure backup API to copy that database to a bacpac file in Blob Storage.
The database copy will be deleted when the utilty starts, if it already exists.
Please ensure that a 'sqlbackup' container exists in your storage account (or specify a different value using -container), otherwise the backup API will throw an error.
The bacpac file will have the date and time of the backup appended to the name, allowing you to keep a history of backups.
To delete old backups from blob storage, see this related project: https://github.com/nwoolls/AzureStorageCleanup
Thanks to @nwoolls for his contributions.