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For using EF with SQL Azure see http://msdn.com/data/jj556244


The Windows Server AppFabric Customer Advisory Team recently put together some great guidance on managing connections with SQL Azure and EF.  They outline common connection issues when working with a cloud database, and show how you can implement your own custom retry policy.  You can find the article here.