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Field explanations for Azure DevOps SQL Change Automation: Build

When configuring a Build Pipeline within Azure DevOps and selecting "Temporary server type" = "SQL server", the server field is self-explanatory, but what is the Database field for?  Is there a walkthrough for using this configuration?
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    way0utwestway0utwest Posts: 313 Rose Gold 1
    OK, here's me Azure DevOps build step I use in most demos. I do have the agent running internally and just use AzDevOps for orchestration.

    If I specify a server, then builds occur there. Do this is a point of contention for parallel builds.Keep this in mind if you have lots of parallel builds. Here is a demo build running right now. It's the dlmau_____ one.



    I don't specify a db (leave blank), which means the SCA cmdlet will create a randomly named db and perform the build there. This is the preferred way, because if I need to run multiple builds, I can. If I specify a db name, then this database will be used. This is where parallel builds from different developers can collide. In this case, I set a name and started a build. Here's the config.


    This db doesn't exist, so when I run the build, I see this.



    Does this make sense?

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    It's the database name. There's a tooltip giving more information on the field: "Specify an existing database if you wish to use the same database for each build. If you want to use an Azure SQL Database, you must create a database and give the name here. SQL Change Automation cannot create a temporary database in Azure SQL Database."

    Regarding walkthroughs we have an example in our documentation under
    https://documentation.red-gate.com/display/SCA3/Use+the+Azure+DevOps+Build+extension+with+SQL+Change+Automation+Project
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    Be careful of using a specific database as this can cause issues with parallel builds
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    DamianWiseDamianWise Posts: 21 Bronze 2
    The walkthrough provided doesn't match my use case.  It specifies "SQL Localdb (recommended)" but I am specifying "SQL Server" which enables the "SQL server" field and the "Database".  Here is my understanding: the "build" is going to be triggered by the pipeline, and then it will use the Agent that I have installed on my internal SQL server (specified in SQL Server field), but what is the Database field?  If I enter TemporaryDatabase, will the build agent create this database and then delete it after it's done, or will it be permanent on my server?  What if I specify an existing database?
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