Entra Authentication for Replication in Arc-enabled SQL Server 2022 CU 6 in Public Preview

As of SQL Server 2022 Cumulative Update (CU) 6, configuring replication using authentication with Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) is currently in public preview.


Previously, Windows authentication and SQL authentication were the only supported methods to validate identities when configuring replication in SQL server. The introduction of Microsoft Entra authentication as a security option for replication leverages existing Microsoft Entra integration with SQL Server powered by Azure Arc to enable cloud-based identity management for on-premises SQL Server instances. Nothing has changed with replication functionality as the configuration simply adds a new authentication method. This latest feature improvement