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Accessing Azure SQL Database tables from SAP HANA Cloud

In this blog we will explore how to access an Azure SQL Database table from SAP HANA Cloud.


  1. You have access to Microsoft Azure portal
  2. An Azure SQL Database
  3. Access to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  4. Access to SAP HANA Cloud instance
  5. DP Agent with MssqlLogReaderAdapter enabled

We will start with Azure side of things. So let’s login to the Microsoft Azure portal and navigate to the Azure SQL Database. Towards the right of overview, click on set server firewall


Set server firewall


We need to add the following hosts into the firewall so that they can access the Azure SQL Database

  • Client Machine used to login to Azure portal
  • DP Agent Host
  • SQL Server Management Studio Host


Add IP to firewall


Login to the host which has Microsoft SQL Management Studio and create a connection to the Azure SQL database. You can get the Server name from the overview section (screen shot 1)


Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio connection to Azure SQL database


Once connected to the Azure SQL Database, navigate to master database and run the below SQL

CREATE LOGIN DP_USER with password = 'Welcome01'

This SQL command will create a login for DP Agent to login to the Azure SQL database


Create login for DP Agent


Connect to user database SQLDB_HSC_DE and run the SQL to create a user for login DP_USER

Create user DP_USER for login DP_USER


Create user for login DP_USER


Now, we will make the user DP_USER as the db owner using the following SQL command.

EXEC sp_addrolemember ‘db_owner’,’DP_USER’

Log on to Azure SQL Database as user DP_USER and enable Direct Administration Connection DAC using the following commands.

sp_configure ‘remote admin connections’, 1


sp_configure ‘remote admin connections’


Let us look at the table in Azure SQL Database that we want to access from SAP HANA Cloud. It is the Address table


Address table in Azure SQL Database


Login to SAP HANA Cloud and open the database explorer . Then navigate to Remote Sources under Catalog



Right click and add a new remote source named AZURE_SQL. We will need to provide the DP Agent location , Azure SQL Database IP and credentials to create the remote source as depicted in the below screenshot.


Remote source to Azure SQL Database


Once the remote source is created, it will display the objects in the Azure SQL database.


Objects in Azure SQL Database


Choose the Address table and create a virtual object in SAP HANA Cloud.


Create virtual object in SAP HANA Cloud

Once the table is created, it will be visible under Tables in the SAP HANA Cloud catalog.


Address table schema in SAP HANA Cloud

Click on open data to view the data in the Address table


Data preview of Address table



SAP HANA Cloud provides users with options to access data residing in cloud databases like Azure SQL Database quite easily with simple configuration steps. This allows users to see data from various different data sources in a single pane.

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      Author's profile photo Adharapurapu Lakshmikanth
      Adharapurapu Lakshmikanth

      Hi Sohit,

      We have a requirement to put  sap hana data in to azure blob storage and we have succeded in doing this, we would like to create hana view based on virtual table by using SDA, this functionality is currently supported to connect azure blob storage or it is only applicable to Azure SQL Database ?




      Author's profile photo Sohit Tandon
      Sohit Tandon
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Lakshmikanth,

      You can import and also export data from azure blob storage. It is described here

      If you want to virtualise, you need to use the Azure datababase as described in below link




      Author's profile photo Ganesh Kumar
      Ganesh Kumar

      Hi Sohit,

      Does the above approach works for BW on HANA (7.5) on premise.

      Can we also do (in addition to simply access the tables) the Batch / Real-time replication to HANA DB (on-premise) using the MSSQLLogReader Adaptor





      Author's profile photo Abhijith Ravindra
      Abhijith Ravindra

      Is the other way round possible? Connecting to hana db from azure? Using jdbc? Should we use cloud connector for that? Can the cloud connector run on azure vm?