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Deploying demo site to Azure using Thunder and SQLExpress

  • Deploying demo site to Azure using Thunder and SQLExpress
  • I have install Sitefinity locally using SQLExpress and now I would like to migrate the site to Azure.  I have installed Thunder and see the Deploy to Azure wizard, but it appears the wizard will only work if running SQL Server vs. SQLExpress.  Is there a way to migrate to Azure if I have deployed using SQLExpress?  
  • Hi Michael,

    Unfortunately not.

    If you use SQL Express data file, you must first attach it to a running SQL Server instance.

    This is a quote from our Installation and Administration guide, which you can download in PDF format. You can check out page 90, which explains more about the manual deployment of a Sitefinity project to Azure. The database has to be packaged and uploaded to SQL Azure, and the SQL Database Migration Wizard that is the official tool by Microsoft, as they claim "is designed to help you migrate your SQL Server 2005/2008/2012 databases to Azure SQL Database."

    It might be possible to do some scripting and deploy an SQLExpress database, but I guess the effort would be an overhead  related to the purpose.

    Regards,
    Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov
    Telerik
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  • Michael,

    This is a video I just remembered:

    www.youtube.com/watch

    Lino Tadros, from Falafel Software, one of our best partner companies, shows you step-by-step how to migrate an SQL Express database to Azure. He also attaches the database to an SQL server first.


    Regards,
    Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov
    Telerik
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  • Thank you for your help.  I was able to deploy the site using the wizard and Microsoft SQL Server  Nice!