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Azure SQL Firewall and Powerapps

I successfully connected to my Azure SQL with PowerApps with amazing ease.

If I want to connect to my database via other means I have to configure the firewall settings to allow access.


I'm interested to know how PowerApps gets around this and is there any way I can control this?


I would also like to know

  • if this firewall bypass is cross-tenant?
  • if other applications have this superpower? Office 365?
  • if I can monitor how my database is being accessed?
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Re: Azure SQL Firewall and Powerapps

Hi @RobSlavin,


I think here you mean the SQL Server connection sharing?

Please refer to the article below:

Share app resources



Some types of connections, such as SQL Server, are shared automatically, but others require users to create their own connections to the data source or sources in the app.

On, you can determine whether a connection will be shared automatically, and you can update sharing permissions. In the left navigation bar, click or tap Manage, click or tap Connections, and then click or tap a connection. If the Share tab appears, the connection will be shared automatically.


For Azure SQL firewall, you might need to configure it with a proper IP range, in order to make the sharing work.

Azure SQL Database server-level and database-level firewall rules




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Re: Azure SQL Firewall and Powerapps

Hi Michael,


Thanks for your reply, I do not mean SQL Server connection sharing.

However, your response led me to the "allow access to azure services" option.


This appears to be the mechanism which allows PowerApps to access my database even though I have not explicitly set a firewall rule for PowerApps.


As the "allow access to azure services" rule allows access for all applications hosted on Azure, including applications from other customers, I would like to create a rule to allow PowerApps only.





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