Backup SQL Azure Database using Red Gate SQL Azure Backup Tool

After reading my last article one of my friend asked, whether there is any easy way to Backup SQL Azure databases, without writing scripts or custom programs, so I was searching for 3rd party products and found the Red Gate SQL Azure Backup Tool, its still in Beta, but works pretty good.

You can download it from the following link

Currently its available for Free to download

After downloading, extract the zip file and run the program


Specify the name of the SQL Azure Server name and provide username and password on click on Database selection to pick the database you want to backup

Next Enter the Local SQL Server Name (Destination Backup Server) and specify Credentials, then enter the name of the Local database to be created for backup from Azure

Warning: Existing database cannot be used for backup. You need to use a new database name only

Click “Next” to proceed


Click on “Start Backup” to start the backup process


Status of Backup process will be displayed in the progress bar, depending upon the size of the database


Backup has completed successfully !!!

Some of the features, I would like to see in this product is

1. Integration with SQL Server Management Studio or Red Gate SQL Backup Pro

2. Option to run from Command Line, so that we can it as Windows Task and automate it

3. Option to run backup for multiple databases


Easy to Use


Small and Lightweight


Need to create a new database every time to create a backup


Author: Arunraj

I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (Database Developer). I work on SQL Server programming since SQL Server 7.0 specializes in SQL Server Programming and Performance Tuning and has 14 years of hands-on experience. I hold a Master Degree in Computer Applications. I am also part of NJSQL User Group and Northern New Jersey .Net User Group.

One thought on “Backup SQL Azure Database using Red Gate SQL Azure Backup Tool”

  1. Hi Arunraj,

    Glad you liked the little tool. We’re definitely thinking of some of the improvements you mentioned.

    Thanks for the write up though, I hope as azure takes off we can make this tool even better.

    Robbie @ Red gate


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