Migrate from Sybase, Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft Access to SQL Azure and SQL Server with ease!

Microsoft announced today the release of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) v5.0, a family of products to further simplify the user experience in automating the migration of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server or SQL Azure.

In this release, SSMA family of products has been improved to further to reduce the cost and the risk of migration from Sybase, Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft Access. Our recent SSMA survey showed that 94% of SSMA downloader’s would recommend the tool to others. SSMA products are available for free download and are supported for free over email.

In recent months, there has been an uptick in migration to SQL Azure and/or SQL Server, Microsoft has observed more than 8,000 downloads/month of SSMA family of products in recent months.

Dollar Thrifty Auto Group, PEMEX, Eli Lily, Lockheed Martin, CSR Limited, Florida Department of Education, Forest Oil, The Wyoming Department of Health Vital Statistics Services Program, Landratsamt Landshut, Horowhenua District Council, and Volvo Aero are just a few of the customers that have downloaded and used the SQL Server Migration Assistant toolkit to migrate to Microsoft SQL Server.

·         What’s New in this Release?
With this wave of release, customers can now migrate to any edition of SQL Server including the free Express edition.
Migrating To:
Migrating From:
Using SSMA Tool:
SQL Server all editions
(2008 R2, 2008, 2005, “Denali”)
SQL Azure

(New in SSMA 5.0)

  •  Support for migrating to SQL Server “Denali”
  • Multi-thread data migration for improved scale and performance.
  • Globalization support for migrating non-English databases to SQL Server.
  •  Support for installation for SSMA Extension Pack on clustered SQL Server environments.
  • Sybase migration enhancements:
    • Support for migration to SQL Azure
    • Extended data access connectivity to Sybase ASE ADO.NET and ASE ODBC providers
    •  Support for conversion of case sensitive Sybase database to case sensitive SQL Server
    • Extended support for conversion of Non-ANSI joins for DELETE and UPDATE statements
    • Removed dependency on separate SYSDB database on target SQL Server
  • Report use of Oracle’s User Defined Type in the database object and inside PL/SQL

Free Downloads:

Customers and partners can provide feedback or obtain free SSMA product support from Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) at

Feedback/Product Support: ssmahelp@microsoft.com