Migrate Azure Service
If you are looking to migrate a single azure service to a different account you can find the steps I took here. First, you might want to consider having Microsoft do it for you. Take a look at How to transfer your Azure site to another subscription for more information on that. I wanted to control when things happened on my timetable so I chose a different path mainly so I could coordinate re-pointing my domain.
In my case I have a web application and SQL Database that I will be migrating.
- Move your database.
Microsoft provide a nice feature in the old portal for moving your database. It actually isn’t a move, it is just changing the owning subscription, so the connection string stays the same, and it only takes two seconds. R Syam Kumar has a nice post on it on the Windows Azure Blog. In order to perform the move you will need to have access to both your subscriptions in the Management Portal. I accomplished this by adding one user as a co-admin on the other subscription. Then login with the user that has access to both subscriptions. Note: This all needed to be done in the old azure management portal at the time of writing.
- Create Services in the destination subscription such as a Cloud Service or Web Site.
- Publish your services to the destination subscription with the same package you have on the other subscription.
- Test it to make sure everything is working on the destination using the xxx.cloudapp.net url.
- Point your domain to the destination subscription.
- Wait for it to take affect.
- Delete the old services after a few days. Allow time for cached DNS to catch up.
Up until the point that I found the tool to move the database this was going to be a bit more difficult likely including a short amount of downtime. Kudos to the Azure team for adding that feature.
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