Business Central SaaS Exporting Database Backup and Restore it on your Sql Server

Business Central SaaS Exporting Database Backup and Restore it on your Sql Server

Since some days, Microsoft has activated the feature for downloading a backup of a Business Central SaaS Azure SQL Database directly from Admin Center.

A selected database (in this case a BC v15 Wave 2 production database) can be backuped and exported as a “.bacpac” file; this file will be saved into an “Azure Storage account” and after this, you will able to download it and restore into your local SQL Server Environment (SQL Server 2017 Express Edition in my case).

Microsoft Docs Page link

#1 – How-to Download a Backup File

You need only to have an active “Azure subscription” and here you need to create an “Azure Storage account”.

Create an Azure Storage Account

After from your Azure Storage account, click on “Shared Access Signature” in order to create a “key for a secure access”.

Assigning Permissions to Shared Access Signature

Configure the Shared Access Signature

You have to activate:

  • BLOB Storage Services (BLOB Storage is used for SaaS and standard for SQL Azure)
  • Container\Object
  • Read\Write\Delete\Create
  • Set Expiration Date (for Sharing Security)
  • Ip Firewalling (if you need to rescript access)
  • HTTPS Only


Click “Generate SAS and connection string” and you will have your keys generated and ready to use, copy all Keys on notepad and save (you can change the configuration as you want in a second time).

Example of Keys:

  • SAS token
  • Blob service SAS URL


To save a Backup file from Business Central SAAS you need to copy the Blob service SAS URL key.

Open Admin Center

  • Click on Create Database Export

  • Select a file name for your backup file (.bacpac File) ex: Production**.bacpac file
  • Insert the SAS URI
  • Insert a Container Name (existing or new)

Click CREATE and wait for completition.


  • Max 10 exports per months (you can check and verify how many in EXPORT LOG)
  • You can’t export a database if you have a trial tenant. In this case, you receive the following message if you try to execute the Create Database Export feature


WAIT for Completition… check on your Azure Container… your backup file will be placed here after exporting completition…


EXPORT HISTORY All exported backup will be recorded on this export log, you can count how many backups you have made in the month for each database.


  • Try to export from v14! ERROR! You are crazy! …Minimum version v15!

  • Export from a Demo Tenant (not licensed environment) 

…and NOW you have the backup file ready to use…. And then?

Restore It!

#2 – How-to Restore a BC SaaS Backup on Business Central On-Premise

The Exported Backup saved on Azure Container is in “.bacpac” file format; what’s the difference between a “.bak” file and a “.bacpac” file in SQL Server ?


“.bak”: Applicable for On-premise databases backups

“.bacpac”: Applicable for Backups/Export Data Tier of Databases to/within Azure SQL Databases

How to restore Azure Database .bacpac file to SQL Server?

#1 – Restoring BACPAC with Microsoft SQL Management Tools  

Restoring a database from a “.bacpac” file is very simple…

  • Right click on Database and click “Import Data-tier Application

  • “Import Data tier Application”

After follow the instructions:

Select “the path” to your downloaded “.BACPAC” backup file.

Give the database you are restoring a name and define a location for data and log files.

Run and wait for completition…

After completition, you can check the new database restored

Ex: BCSAASv15-ES-bck-20191107_01

Stay Tuned!

Business Central SaaS Exporting Database Backup and Restore it on your Sql Server

15 thoughts on “Business Central SaaS Exporting Database Backup and Restore it on your Sql Server

  1. Hi,
    is not possible to date, you can launch backup only manually (on-demand and max 10 backups for month).

  2. Hi Roberto,

    is there any possibility for the customer to export a db backup as a *.bacpac-file? Are only we (as Microsoft partners) capable to do this through Partner Admin Center?

    Thanks for your reply in advance!

    1. If the customer with the appropriate O365 permission (admin) adds /admin to the end of the Business Central URL then they will be able to access the admin portal and perform the same actions.


      Andrew Edwards

  3. Ciao Roberto,

    I have a .bacpac which is the export of a BD in Business Central SAAS. I import correctly into an SQL Server on my computer using the option ‘Import data-tier application’ , but when I try to start the instance of my Businees Central On-Premise, it tells me that the System table $ndo$dbproperty is missing and that is correct, it does not exist. What’s left to do?

  4. Ciao,
    Dato che l’argomento sembra interessante indago un attimo su sta cosa… al massimo chiedo al NAV Team risposta ufficiale.

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  5. Hello, I have also this System table $ndo$dbproperty missing – Is there any solution ?

  6. I’ve the same issue. System table $ndo$dbproperty missing.
    Is there any solution ?

  7. Hi, I still had the same problem, what I did was export the table $ ndo $ dbproperty from another DB of BC onpremise and the DB of BC SAAS, but later I throw errors of that type with other tables, I am still able to solve the problem trouble. Has someone already solved it?

  8. Are there any legal problems with downloading a BC SaaS copy into a local environment for better development? GDPR? ISO?

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