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Linked Servers from SQL MI using Azure Entra ID

Luis Aranda has the first of a two-part series:

Lately, we have seen some customers interested on the options available to use linked servers from Managed Instance and using Entra Authentication (formerly Azure Active Directory). It is certainly possible to create Linked Servers on SQL Managed instance (SQL MI) to connect to other PaaS databases such as other SQL MIs, Azure SQL Databases or Synapse databases using Entra Authentication.

Click through to see how you can do this using a managed identity. In the next article, Luis promises to show us how to do it with pass-through authentication, so you use your credentials instead of the managed identity’s credentials to access the remote server.