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phpMyAdmin on Windows Azure Web Sites

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 18 December 2012.
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In my previous post about the migration of a WordPress site to Windows Azure I mentioned that I used phpMyAdmin to import existing blog data into a MySql/ClearDb database in Windows Azure. phpMyAdmin is a web based tool for administering MySql databases.AIt can beAused to create tables, edit the data in tables, export/import/backup data and many other tasks. I found it to be an adequate tool for allAMySql db administration needs in Windows Azure. This post describes how to install and configure phpMyAdmin on Windows Azure Web Sites.

1. Create an empty site

First you'llAneed to create a new site in Windows Azure.A10 free sites are allowed per subscription andAphpMyAdmin will work fine on a free site. Create an empty site using aoQuick Createa option in Windows Azure Portal:

2. Link the site with a MySql database

If you already have a MySql database or need to create one thenAuse theALinked Resources page to link that database with your site.

Once the database is linkedAgetAthe connection string by using the aoView conneciton stringsa link on the site's dashboard page:

You will need the information from this connection string to logon to the database via phpMyAdmin. It will looks similar to this:

Database=some-db-name;Data Source=some-hostname;User Id=some-username;Password=some-password

3. Download and configure phpMyAdmin

Get the latest version of phpMyAdmin from the offical site. Extract it to some temporary location on your hard drive. Create a new file with name config.inc.php in the same directory where examples, js, libraries, setup and themes directories are. Paste the following into that file:

5. Upload phpMyAdmin files to Windows Azure

Multiple upload methods are supported. I used FTP with FileZilla. FTP hostname and username can be obtained from the site's dashboard page in management portal. Once you connected via FTP, upload all the files into the /site/wwwroot/ directory.

6. Logon to MySql database

Browse to the newly created site. You should see the phpMyAdmin logon page:

Use the User Id and Password from the connection string to logon.