A problem while using the Data-tier Application (DAC) framework


  • I am trying to use the The Data-tier Application (DAC) framework. Here is what I did.

    1) Logged in to a local SQL Server 2008 R2 server using integrated securty (COMPANY\USER_NAME). Created the bacpac file of a database on this server using DacImportExportCli.exe command.

    DacImportExportCli.exe -s serverName -d databaseName -f C:\filePath\exportFileName.bacpac -x -e

    Bacpac file was created successfully.

    2) Now, tried to restore this bacpac file on the SQL Azure DB. Used this command.

    DacImportExportCli.exe -s -d databaseName -f C:\filePath\exportFileName.bacpac -i -u userName -p password

    Then, got this message.

    Import started: 5/2/2011 2:25:02 PM

    Connection Open.
    PrepareSystemTables: Pending Preparing DAC metadata in the SQL Server instance '
    PrepareSystemTables: Success Preparing DAC metadata in the SQL Server instance '
    CreateDatabase: Pending Creating database 'eGovRestored'
    CreateDatabase: Success Creating database 'eGovRestored'
    ScriptDACObjects: Pending Preparing deployment script
    ScriptDACObjects: Success Preparing deployment script
    CreateLogin: Pending Creating login 'COMPANY\USER_NAME'
    CreateLogin: Warning Creating login 'COMPANY\USER_NAME'
    CreateDatabaseObjects: Pending Creating schema objects in database 'eGovRestored
    CreateDatabaseObjects: Failure Creating schema objects in database 'eGovRestored
    ' Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common.ExecutionFailureException: An exception
    occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. ---> System.Data.Sql
    Client.SqlException: 'COMPANY\USER_NAME' is not a valid login or you d
    o not have permission.


    I don't understand why it is trying to login using the COMPANY\USER_NAME when I have provided it the username and password for SQL Azure DB.

    Can somebody help me please?

    Monday, May 02, 2011 9:26 AM

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  • Hello! Anyone? Since this technology is in CTP mode, I can find no information elsewhere. Help me please!

    Tuesday, May 03, 2011 6:27 AM
  • That message pops up because when the DAC framework exports your database, it carries the logins with it.  When importing, DAC will attempt to create a login that requires integrated security in SQL Azure.  SQL Azure does not support integrated security and therefore emits an error.  Your .bacpac can still import successfully even after that error, however, that login will not be created.


    Also, the latest version of the EXE is available here along with some references to additional resources:


    Saturday, May 07, 2011 1:03 AM
  • Hi IndianProgrammer,

    The issue is due to having Windows Login "COMPANY\USER_NAME" in your database, SQL Azure doesn't support Windows Logins.

    I suggest you to use SQL Azure Migration wizard ( to do an analysis on the database you want to migrate and then fix the reported issues before using DACImportExportCLI

    Arunraj Chandrasekaran, MCTS, Author:
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    Wednesday, June 08, 2011 3:43 PM