How to provision a Linux SQL Server Virtual Machine in Azure

You’re an existing SQL Server customer and are looking to explore the fast-growing Linux operating system. Whether on-premises or in the cloud, Microsoft has you covered. With SQL Server 2017, and now SQL Server 2019, SQL Server is available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu.

For our purposes, I’m going to walk through how to use the Azure portal to create a Linux virtual machine with SQL Server 2017 or 2019 installed. If you’re following along, you’ll need an Azure subscription. If you don’t already have one, sign up for an Azure free account. Alternatively, if