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use the Azure portal, SSMS, and PowerShell
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set up auditing on your Azure SQL Managed Instance • set up alerting on your managed instance • run dbachecks to verify alignment with Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks
Josephine Bush & Gilda Alvarez
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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You’re a database administrator at Magic Wand Services Corporation, where the on-premises SQL Server database has recently been migrated to an Azure SQL Managed Instance. Your task is to audit, monitor, and configure your Azure SQL Managed Instance to help troubleshoot issues and maximize security.

Using SQL Server Audit and Azure Blob storage with SQL Server Management Studio and the Azure portal, you’ll configure and perform auditing to monitor changes made by other applications or users. Next, using the Azure portal, you’ll configure alerting to monitor for issues related to storage and CPU usage. Lastly, you’ll run dbachecks against your managed instance to ensure it’s compliant with Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks. When you’re done, your Azure SQL Managed Instance will be properly configured for troubleshooting and as secure as it can be.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

project authors

Josephine Bush

Josephine Bush is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. She has over ten years of broad-based experience as a database administrator in the financial, business, and energy data sectors using SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL along with Azure and AWS. She holds a BS in information technology, an MBA in IT management, and an MS in data analytics. She presents at SQL conferences and user groups around the world, and she’s the leader of the Boulder SQL user group. She is the author of Practical Database Auditing published by Apress. You can read her blog posts on and contact her on Twitter @hellosqlkitty.

Gilda Alvarez

Gilda Alvarez graduated from the University of Central Florida with management information system (MIS) and computer science (CS) degrees. She’s currently a senior manager at Skytouch Technology and has over a decade of experience in enterprise information technology for several Fortune 500 companies. She’s worked on multi-million dollar projects for IBM, Disney, the IRS, the U.S. Federal Defense Agency, Marriott, Deloitte, and others. She has specialized in database design, implementation, and optimization, emphasizing high availability, business continuity, and migrations. She’s passionate about promoting technical and leadership education in her community. In addition to leading the information technology committee of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America in Orlando), she’s a chapter leader for PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server). These associations have empowered her to bridge the gap in IT skills in the Latino community and mentor many Latino women in technology.


This liveProject is for database administrators, DevOps engineers, and developers who want to migrate their on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure. To begin this liveProject, you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Azure SQL Managed Instance already set up and configured for use
  • PowerShell (version 5 or higher)
  • Navigate and use SQL Server Management Studio
  • Use the Azure portal
  • Install and use PowerShell modules


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