Getting Session ID in SQL Azure programmatically

There is a Session Id assigned to each connection to SQL Azure. Session Id may be very useful in debugging and can be logged by the developers. In this article, I will show “How could fetch Session Id programmatically?

First step to create a class with the properties

1. Server Name

2. Login Name

3. Password

So let us create a class called SessionID with below properties


This class will contain function to fetch the session Id. Essentially Session Id for a connection is returned using Context_Info(). We will fetch Context_Info() using SqlCommand.


After fetching Context_Info() as string , I am converting that to Guid. Full code for SessionID class is as below,


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

namespace GettingSessionID
 public   class SessionID
 public string ServerName { get; set; }
 public string LoginName { get; set; }
 public string Password { get; set; }

public SqlConnection GetSessionId(out Guid sessionId)
 sessionId = Guid.Empty;
 SqlConnectionStringBuilder builder = new SqlConnectionStringBuilder();
 builder.DataSource = string.Format("tcp:{0},1433", this.ServerName);
 builder.InitialCatalog = "master";
 builder.UserID = this.LoginName;
 builder.Password = this.Password;
 builder.Pooling = true;
 SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(builder.ToString());
 using (SqlCommand cmd = conn.CreateCommand())
 string contextInfo = (string)cmd.ExecuteScalar();
 sessionId = new Guid(contextInfo);
 return conn;



In above code, I am creating connection string using SqlConnectionStringBuilder

To get the Session Id, what all you need to do is only create instance of SessionID class and call the function GetSessionId().

I am getting the Session Id from a console program as below. If you want you can log session id from here for debugging purpose.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;

namespace GettingSessionID
 class Program
 static void Main(string[] args)
 SessionID session = new SessionID { ServerName = "Your SQL Azure Database server Name", Password = "Your SQL Azure Password", LoginName = "Your SQL Azure Login" };
 Guid sessionId;
 session.GetSessionId(out sessionId);


Expected output would be,

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