How to: Move a Windows Azure Server between Windows Azure Subscriptions
Customers can now easily use the Windows Azure Management Portal to move Windows Azure servers and Windows Azure SQL Databases between Windows Azure subscriptions. Customers typically move servers and databases in the following scenarios:
Customers move their Windows Azure servers and SQL Database resources from a trial or introductory subscription to a different subscription that hosts their production services and resources.
When a monetary or resource usage cap has been reached for a subscription, the customer might want to move the Windows Azure server and SQL Database resources to another subscription.
Customers consolidate multiple Windows Azure servers and SQL Database resources under a single subscription.
To move Windows Azure servers and SQL Database resources between subscriptions, you must be an account administrator, service administrator, or a co-Administrator for both the source and target subscriptions. For more information about permissions, see Overview of Subscription Management in the Windows Azure Platform Management Portal.
How to Use the Move Server Feature
Use the following steps to move a Windows Azure server and SQL Database resources from one subscription to another:
Once you log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal and navigate to the Database work space, you will see a Move Server button in the Server Information pane. Note the list of subscriptions for which you are a service administrator in the top left pane. The tree view includes subscriptions, Windows Azure servers, and SQL Databases.
Click a server name in the tree view to select it. You will see the Server Information displayed in the work space to the right. To begin the move server operation, click Move Server….
On the Move Server dialog, use the drop-down selector to specify the target subscription for the server, and then click OK.
When the portal refreshes, you will see the Windows Azure server you moved now listed under the target subscription.
Note that moving a Windows Azure server does not involve a physical move of your Windows Azure server or SQL Databases. A Windows Azure “server” is a logical server that contains your databases, and there are multiple replicas for high availability. The Windows Azure server and the SQL Databases continue to be hosted within the same region/data center, and applications that use the databases on the moved server continue to operate as normal since connection information remains the same. The move only changes the association of the Windows Azure server from one subscription to another. Be aware of the impact to your bill, as different subscriptions may be billed based on different offers that they are associated with.
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