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What Are The Key Differences Between SQL Server On A VM And Azure SQL Managed Instance?

Managed Instance benefits from being always-up-to-date in the cloud, which means that some features in on-premises SQL Server may be either obsolete, retired, or have alternatives.

Below are some key differences:

  • Built in High-availability
  • Automated backups and point in time restore.
  • Support for Azure Active Directory authentication as an alternative to Windows authentication.