Using Azure SQL Database with EF Code First

  • Open the existing ASP.NET MVC Web Application or Create a New Application.
  • Go to Tools => NuGet Package Manager => Manage Nuget Packages for Solution
  • Add reference to EntityFramework
  • To the ASP.NET MVC Web Application add the following in Employee.cs under Models folder.
public class Employee
        public int Id { get; set; }
        public string EmpName { get; set; }
        public decimal Salary { get; set; }
    public class DemoOrganization : DbContext
        public DbSet<Employee> Employees { get; set; }
  • In Web.Config add the following
    <add name="DemoOrganization" connectionString="Data Source=.\sqlexpress;Integrated Security=True;database=DemoOrganization" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/>
  • Right Click on Controller Folder => Add => Controller…=> Select “MVC 5 Controller with Views, using Entity Framework” => Add
  • Select Model = Employee, DataContext Class = “DemoOrganziation” => Add

Note: This generates Controller along with Views for Add/Edit/Delete operations.

  • Go to Tools => NuGet Package Manager => Package Manager Console => At prompt Execute Commands, Enable-Migrations
  • Open the Migrations\Configuration.cs file and add the following to Seed method.
  p => p.Id,
  new Employee  { EmpName = "E1", Salary=1000 },
  new Employee { EmpName = "E2" ,Salary=2000},
  new Employee { EmpName = "E3" ,Salary = 3000}
  • In the Package Manager Console enter the command:

                 Add-Migration “Initialize”


  • Run the application locally.

Publish the App to Azure:

  • Azure Portal => Create Sql Server and Database
  • Azure Portal => Create a New WebApp
  • In Visual Studio => right-click the project in Solution Explorer and select Publish from the context menu
  • Under Profile Tab => Click on Microsoft Azure App Service
  • Click on New Button, Go to Services Tab => Click on SQL Database + => Create a New Database => Provide a Database Name, Administrator Username, and Password => OK


  • Under Settings Tab => Provide Database Details and Check “User this connection string at runtime (update destination web.config)” and Also check => Execute Code First Migrations (runs at application start)
  • Publish the Web App and Note the progress in Azure App Service Activity Window
  • Test the application by visiting http://<DemoApp>

Part 2:

  • Add “Age” column to the Employee class
  • Delete EmployeesController and corresponding views.
  • Recreate EmployeesController as in step 6 and 7.
  • In the Package Manager Console enter the command:

Add-Migration “AddAgeColumn”


  • Publish the Application and ensure that in Settings, ensure that “Code First Migration…” A checkbox is checked.
  • Test the application by visiting http://<DemoApp>


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