If you want to manage/test connectivity to your private SQL server, that are using private endpoint for example, and without deploying a VM, installing SQL Server Management Studio and so on, you can use AKS to do this.

To start, deploy a pod that we will customize later:

Connect to the pod itself:

Install sqlcmd tool:


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Connect to your database server, with the following sql command, and your credentials:


This is very interesting to manage your databases, or to try a connection from a private AKS cluster to a SQL Server that is using a private endpoint connection for example.

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.