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How to create bacpac file from SQL server

This article will guide you on how to export an existing #database into a #BACPAC file is through #SSMS. A bacpac is a dacpac + data, while a dacpac only contains the schema of the database.

To create a Bacpac file:

a. To #export a database using the Azure portal, open the page for your database and click Export on the toolbar.

b. Specify the BACPAC filename, select an existing Azure storage account and container for the export, and then provide the appropriate credentials for access to the source database.

c. Click OK.

To import from a BACPAC file into a new single database using the Azure portal:

1. Open the appropriate server page.

2. On the toolbar, select Import database. 

3. Select the storage account and the container for the BACPAC file and then select the BACPAC file from which to import.

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Steps to deploy DACPAC with SSMS

This article will guide you on the steps to deploy DACPAC which involves registering a DAC instance by storing the DAC definition in the #msdb system database. 

A DAC is a self-contained unit of #SQL Server #database deployment that enables data-tier developers and database administrators to package SQL #Server objects into a portable artifact called a #DAC package, also known as a #DACPAC.

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