Sync is supported on Azure's Virtual Machine (VM) offering - simply ensure your VM is running a compatible Windows Server image.

Note that Sync installation on Azure App Service or Azure Cloud Services is NOT currently supported.

There's no major difference between setting Sync on a local Windows server or an Azure VM, so all steps in the installation guide still apply.

Note that you will need Administrator level access to your target VM in order to install Appenate Sync successfully.

This is because several steps in the installation require Administrator access, and there is not a way around this requirement.

In terms of the SQL Server requirement of Sync, you can address this in two ways on Azure:

  • Run your own SQL Server installation in Azure.
    This can be achieved by either installing SQL Server alongside Sync in the same VM as Sync (e.g. using SQL Server Express) or by running a separate SQL Server VM.
    A dedicated SQL Server VM is recommended if you expect to be processing several thousand rows daily through Sync.


  • Use Azure SQL Database, which is Microsoft's managed SQL Server option.
    This is a flexible database option which includes guaranteed high availability and is easily scalable.
    However it can be more expensive than running your own SQL Server instance, and the performance of SQL Database can be disappointing, depending on the price tier you use.

Our recommendation would be to try the SQL Database option first since SQL Database is much faster and simpler to set up.
However, you should field test to see if the price/performance combination fits your requirements.
If not, then simply export backups of the Sync databases and import these into your own SQL Server installation of choice.

Once you have a SQL Server instance via either option above, you will simply need the relevant SQL Server connection strings to complete your Sync installation.