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PowerBI with Azure SQL Database

Connect PowerBI to Azure SQL Database. Optionally, peform exploratory data analysis with Azure Data Studio to query the Azure SQL Database. Then use PowerBI to query and create the reports.

Create the sample database

Create the sample database AdventureWorksLT as seen in the Microsoft docs here

  1. Go to the Azure portal
  2. Create a resource
  3. Under SQL Database select Create


Project details

  • Select Subscription
  • Select Resource Group or create one

Database details

  • Enter a Database name
  • Select a Server
    • If creating a new one:
      • Enter a Server name
      • Select a Location closest to you.
      • Select Authentication Method
        • If you are in an AD
          • Select Use only Azure Active Directory (AD)
            • Set Azure AD admin
            • Find your name in the Azure Active Directory
        • Else, select Use SQL Authentication
  • In Want to use SQL elastic pool, leave default No
  • In Computer + Storage
    • Default selected was Standard S0 (10 DTUs database transaction units, 250GB Storage, $14.72/mo)
    • Select Configure
      • Change Service Tier to Basic (5 DTUs, 2GB storage, $4.90/mo)

Backup storage redundancy

  • Select Locally-redundant backup storage


Leave the default:

  • Connectivity method: No access
  • Connection policy Default
  • Minimum TLS version TLS 1.2


Leave the default:

  • Enable Microsoft Defender for SQL ($15/server/mo): Select Not now
  • Leave other defaults

Additional Settings

In Use existing data, choose Sample.

An overlay says:

Selecting this sample will modify the Compute+Storage settings configured in Basics, for backup compatibility. Visits the Basics tab again to review.

Click OK to continue.

Review + Create

Review all details and click Create. Then wait a few seconds (or minutes) for deployment.

Cannot stop SQL server

There isn't an option to stop the SQL server/database, like there is one for a VM. You will pay usage for the whole month.

SQL Server set up Firewall

Go to the SQL Server:

  • Security/Networking/Public Access
  • Public network access
    • Set to Selected networks
    • Click Save (or the firewall rule will fail)
  • Firewall rules
    • Click the plus on Add your client IP address
      • This IP is dynamic so it might change
      • Check local IP again if there are connection issues from client
    • Enter a rule name
  • Save

PowerBI is on an Azure VM

As seen in my Setup Power BI in an Azure VM. You need to give SQL Server access to the Azure VM

  • Below Firewall rules
  • Under Exceptions
    • Select Allow Azure services and resources to access this server

PowerBI Get Data from Azure SQL Database

Go to PowerBI, get data, select Azure, then Azure SQL Database.

  • Enter the server name
    • This is the full name from Azure Portal/SQL Server
  • Enter the database name
  • Data connectivity, select DirectQuery

Sign in:

  • Select Microsoft Account and sign in to your AD account

Power Query/Navigator opens:

  • Select table(s)
  • Select Transform
  • Save, enter a file name
  • If asked to transform, select Apply Later

Azure Data Studio connect to Azure SQL Database

  • Create a connection to SQL Server.
  • Enter server name.
  • Select Active Directory authentication.
  • Enter an account. Create new. It opens a link to login with your AD account.