Restore Database Backup to SQL Server Docker Image on Windows

Restoring a database backup is not a straight forward thing when it comes to Docker Container Images.

If you have a database backup and you want to restore it to your SQL Docker Container Image , you need to follow the below steps

  • Pull the Docker Image from Docker container.
    docker pull microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer:2017

  • After your image download has been completed you can start your SQL Server image
    PS C:\> docker run -e "ACCEPT_EULA=Y" -e "SA_PASSWORD=P@ssw0rd" -p 1433:1433 --name sql1 -d microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer
  • To get the IP address of your Docker image you can run:
docker inspect --format '{{.NetworkSettings.Networks.nat.IPAddress}}' sql1

If you wish to change the IP address of your docker image, follow the below link

  • Now your SQL Docker Image must be up and running. Connect it using SSMS.
  • To Restore the existing database backup to docker image,follow the below steps
  1. op the running docker Image using the below command
    Docker Stop <Image Name>
    Docker Stop SQL1
    DOCKER STOP <Container ID>
    You can get the container ID by runnning
    Docker ps -a
    PS C:\> docker ps -a
    CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                                      COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                    PORTS                    NAMES
    59c75b5e9809        microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer   "powershell -Command…"   13 hours ago        Up 30 minutes (healthy)>1433/tcp   sql1
    Docker Stop 59c75b5e9809
  2. Now Copy the database backup file into docker image
    docker cp C:\SQLContainerDB\DockerSqlDB.BAK sql1:c:\DockerSqlDB.BAK
  3. Start the image after the backup file is copied
    Docker start <Image Name> or <Container Id>
  4. Connect to the SQL Image using SSMS and try to restore the database backup


Once the Database is restored , you can start using it. All changes made to the database will be auto committed as its part of the image. But on Linux you need to commit the change to the Docker Image, else all changes will be lost.


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