Ensure that Azure Active Directory Admin is configured

Use Azure Active Directory Authentication for authentication with SQL Database.

Risk Level: Low
Cloud Entity: SQL Server on Virtual Machines
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.AZU.IAM.04
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Compute


SQLServer should have adAdministrators length()>0


From Portal

  1. Go to SQL servers
  2. For each SQL server, click on 'Azure Active Directory' under 'Settings'
  3. Now, Click on Set admin in 'Azure Active Directory Admin'
  4. Select an admin
  5. Click Save

From TF
Set the 'login' argument under 'azurerm_sql_active_directory_administrator' as below:

resource "azurerm_sql_active_directory_administrator" "example" {
	login = ADMIN-NAME
	object_id = PRINCIPAL-ID

From Command Line

az sql server ad-admin create --resource-group RESOURCEGROUPNAME --server SERVERNAME --display-name DISPLAYNAME --object-id OBJECTID


  1. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-sql/database/authentication-aad-overview
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/sql/server/ad-admin?view=azure-cli-latest#az-sql-server-ad-admin-create
  3. https://registry.terraform.io/providers/hashicorp/azurerm/latest/docs/resources/sql_active_directory_administrator

SQL Server on Virtual Machines

SQL Server on Azure virtual machines enables you to use full versions of SQL Server in the Cloud without having to manage any on-premises hardware. SQL Server VMs also simplify licensing costs when you pay as you go.

Azure virtual machines run in many different geographic regions around the world. They also offer a variety of machine sizes. The virtual machine image gallery allows you to create a SQL Server VM with the right version, edition, and operating system. This makes virtual machines a good option for a many different SQL Server workloads.

Compliance Frameworks

  • Azure CIS Foundations v. 1.1.0
  • Azure CIS Foundations v. 1.2.0
  • Azure CIS Foundations v. 1.3.0
  • Azure CloudGuard Best Practices
  • Azure HITRUST v9.5.0
  • Azure ITSG-33
  • Azure NIST 800-53 Rev 5
  • CloudGuard Azure All Rules Ruleset