Migrating and managing metadata stored outside a user database

When you migrate a user database to an Azure environment, metadata that is stored outside the user database generally is not migrated as part of the database migration. In a typical SQL Server environment, an application has dependencies on the master and msdb databases (and sometimes multiple user databases) and on metadata in the user database itself. Anything stored outside a user database that is required for the correct functioning of that database must be made available on the destination server instance, or the application must be re-architected to find that metadata in the user database. For example, the logins for an application traditionally are stored as metadata in the master database, and they must be either re-created on the destination server or re-created as contained users. For issues with orphaned logins, see Troubleshoot Orphaned Users.

Migrating to SQL Server in an Azure VM: If you are migrating a SQL Server database to SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine (Azure VM), you can either migrate all of the user databases using backup and restore or re-create the needed metadata. For more information, see Manage Metadata When Making a Database Available on Another Server Instance (SQL Server). Although not typically done, you could also migrate all of the system databases.

 Migrating to SQL Database: If you are migrating a SQL Server database to SQL Database, you will need to re-architect how your database and application are designed to work within the constraints of SQL Database. For example, SQL Server Agent jobs are not supported in SQL Database. If an application or database maintenance plan depends on SQL Server Agent jobs, you must use other Azure functionality to achieve these tasks, such as elastic database jobs, Azure scheduler, or Azure automation. Although elastic database jobs are still in preview, they generally should be your first option to replace SQL Server Agent jobs, such as using contained users.

Source of Information : Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

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