Restore a accidentally deleted Azure SQL Database

by Jul 1, 2021

Help I deleted my Logical Server

​OOPS

Have you ever experienced that you accidentally deleted your Logical Server in Azure?  Because, for example, you made your Pipeline wrong. Surely. And of course you didn’t have a backup in your storage either.
Well I must confess that happened to me recently. It was on my test environment but if you delete a configuration database with your metadata it is quite annoying.

Keep Calm

How to Resolve?

But there is a solution to get the deleted Azure SQL databases back.

You need to take the following steps for this:

  • Recreate the Logical server with the same name and in the same region.
  • Do not re-deploy the deleted databases from your pipeline.
  • After the Logical Server has been created, click Create Database in the Azure Portal
  • Create database
  • Go directly to the tab Additional Settings
  • Additional Settings
  • Select Backup
  • Select Backup
  • Search for your deleted Logical Server and you will see that you can restore your removed databases.
  • Select the correct database, click on review and create. Your database will now be restored
  • The last thing you need to do is to remove the datetime extension from your database
  • You can now start using your database again and all security roles that were there before are also present.
  • Repeat above steps in case you had more databases attached to the same server.

It’s a fairly simple process, but you just need to know it. And it will ultimately save you a lot of time and frustration.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please let me know.

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