We have a Azure SQL Database (PAAS) that acts like a master database for testing new code.

The goal is to set up a pipeline that creates a writeable copy of the master database to test new builds continuously during the day. All the data in the database is needed to be able to perform tests.

Backup/Restore/Copy(?) is a too slow operation for this scenario since the database is too big. Contaniners is not an option.

Is there any other smart way to create a writeable copy/snapshot of a Azure SQL Database?

  • Define "too big" Jan 3, 2023 at 10:26
  • I don't have the numbers, only that a copy database operation takes too much time. This also created problems in the pipeline. They are looking for alternate methods of doing it.
    – Raadee
    Jan 4, 2023 at 11:05
  • So, @Stephen Morris reply is correct Jan 5, 2023 at 8:31

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fastest way I know to get a database copy in Azure is to use the TSQL syntax


see the official docs


  • Ok thanks. Maybe I should look into an alternative like moving the master database to a VM and use File Snapshot-backups/restore if Copy is the fastest process for the PAAS database.
    – Raadee
    Jan 2, 2023 at 15:14

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