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Microsoft Azure performs automatic database backups, but there are scenarios, such as the migration to App Services, where you might need a manual backup. For that case, here are the instructions step by step on how to do it.

Backup your data

Login to Azure Classic Portal, go to the “SQL DATABASES” tab and select your database.

Azure Classic Database Screen

Click on the “Export” button and type a filename. Select your Azure subscription and either create a new storage account or use an existing if you have. Select or create a container (I prefer to save backups in a “backups” container) and then type your username and password for your server and click the check button.

Important notice

Premium storage accounts are not supported by the import backup procedure, so it is recommended to use standard storage accounts to export.

Azure Classic Export Database Settings

Your export will be completed with the following notification:

Export Notification

You can now check in your storage that the “mydatabase-2016-8-24-17-35.bacpac” file exists.
If you need to restore your exported database, you can read here.


Using export is a very simple way to manually backup your database. In case you need to restore the .bacpac file to your database, you can’t do it using the “Restore” button. Read more about how to restore your database backup using import database.

Enjoy your cloud adventures!

Georgia Makoudi

Georgia is a Cloud Specialist at LightBuzz. During the past ten years, she's been developing secure backend systems for financial institutions and healthcare companies. She's passionately writing about Microsoft Azure. Did we mention that she loves Escape Rooms?

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