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Use AAD authentication with SQL databases#

Security · SQL Database · 2020_06

Use Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication with Azure SQL databases.


Azure SQL Database offer two authentication models, Azure Active Directory (AAD) and SQL logins. AAD authentication provides additional features over SQL logins that improve authentication security.

When using AAD authentication, Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Conditional Access are available.


Consider using Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication with SQL databases.


Configure with Azure template#

    "comments": "Create or update an Azure SQL logical server.",
    "type": "Microsoft.Sql/servers",
    "apiVersion": "2019-06-01-preview",
    "name": "[parameters('serverName')]",
    "location": "[parameters('location')]",
    "tags": "[parameters('tags')]",
    "kind": "v12.0",
    "identity": {
        "type": "SystemAssigned"
    "properties": {
        "administratorLogin": "[parameters('adminUsername')]",
        "version": "12.0",
        "publicNetworkAccess": "[if(parameters('allowPublicAccess'), 'Enabled', 'Disabled')]",
        "administratorLoginPassword": "[parameters('adminPassword')]",
        "minimalTLSVersion": "1.2"
    "resources": [
            "type": "Microsoft.Sql/servers/administrators",
            "apiVersion": "2019-06-01-preview",
            "name": "[concat(parameters('serverName'), '/ActiveDirectory')]",
            "dependsOn": [
                "[resourceId('Microsoft.Sql/servers', parameters('serverName'))]"
            "properties": {
                "administratorType": "ActiveDirectory",
                "login": "[parameters('aadAdminName')]",
                "sid": "[parameters('aadAdminId')]",
                "tenantId": "[subscription().tenantId]"

Configure with Azure CLI#

az sql server ad-admin create -s '<server_name>' -g '<resource_group>' -u '<user_name>' -i '<object_id>'

Configure with Azure PowerShell#

Set-AzSqlServerActiveDirectoryAdministrator -ResourceGroupName '<resource_group>' -ServerName '<server_name>' -DisplayName '<user_name>'

Last update: 2021-07-04