Deploying to SQL Server with a DACPAC - Will it Deploy? Episode 4

Rob Pearson

Welcome to another Will it Deploy? episode where we try to automate the deployment of different technologies with Octopus Deploy. In this episode, we’re trying to deploy a Microsoft SQL Server database using a Data-tier Application Package (DACPAC) to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtual machine (VM).


Tech Stack

Our app is a quote generator called Random Quotes. The application is pretty simple, but it allows us to illustrate how to deploy database changes and updates.

SQL Server logo

Kudos to our marketing manager Andrew who has been learning to code and built the first cut of this app. Great work!

Deployment Target

Amazon Web Services logo


So will it deploy? Yes it will! Our deployment process looks like the following:

Octopus deployment process

Then we add the following steps to successfully deploy our app.

  • Octopus Deploy a Package step to copy our database scripts to our database deployment target.
  • Octopus Community Contributed step template - SQL - Deploy DACPAC to deploy our DACPAC to our SQL Server database.
  • Octopus Deploy to IIS step to deploy our ASP.NET Core web application.

This project uses the following variables to store our app settings, database connection details, and web app configuration.

Project variables

This episode’s GitHub repo contains all the resources and links used in this video.

Wrap up

We hope you enjoyed this episode as we have many more in the works! If there’s a framework or technology you’d like us to explore, let us know in the comments.

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