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Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, scalable, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform. This full day class will teach you why migrating to SQL Server running in Azure is secure, reliable, easy, as well as how to do it.

The Azure platform is vast with many services to choose from. You will get a high level overview of the various services with a focus on SQL Server running in Azure Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) and Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance as a Platform as a Service (PaaS).

You will see how easy it is to build a virtual machine in Azure running SQL Server and how to migrate your data. You will gain insight into licensing, security, pricing, and networking for connecting to the Iaas platform. You will quickly see how beneficial Azure VMs are with the ability to scale workloads, integrate Active Directory, leverage built in HA/DR options and manage your environment. You will also learn why many companies are leveraging Azure VMs for disaster recovery.

In addition to Iaas, we will cover SQL Server as a Platform as a Service with using Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance. You will learn about the features that Platform as a Service offers as well as Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance features. We will cover the similarities and differences between on premises SQL Server. You will learn various ways to check compatibility of your on premises databases and well as migration methods when we run a compatibility check and migrate it to Azure. You will gain a deep understanding of how to use and manage Azure SQL Databases and Managed Instance.

If you are in need of building out a DR location for your organization, looking for an Iaas platform that is secure, easily scalable, and affordable, or are wanting to learn the benefits of SQL Server in a Platform as a Service, then this workshop is for you.

Tim is a Data Platform MVP and has a whole collection of Microsoft and other industry certifications. His experience includes HA/DR, virtualization, SSIS, SSRS, and performance tuning, among everything else SQL Server-related.

Tim is very active and passionate in the SQL Community. He runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, has been a PASS Regional Mentor for a number of years, was named a PASS Outstanding Volunteer in 2012, and is a frequent speaker at user groups, SQL Saturdays and PASS Summits. Tim is one of the top ranked in karma on, answers questions as @tradney on Twitter, and blogs at and SQLskills blog at