SQL Server Configuration Section On Azure VM

Jack Li diagnoses an issue in which the SQL Server Configuration section of an Azure Virtual Machine only appeared under certain circumstances:

If you created an SQL Server VM via azure portal, there will be a section called “SQL Server Configuration” which was introduced via blog “Introducing a simplified configuration experience for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines”. Here is a screenshot of that setting.  It allows you to configure various things like auto backup, patching or storage etc.

I got a customer who created a SQL VM via powershell.  But that VM doesn’t have the section “SQL Server Configuration”.   Using his powershell script, I was able to reproduce the behavior.  When I created via portal UI, I got the “SQL Server Configuration”.

Read on for the solution.

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