This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here. This one deals with SQL Azure.

 

There are a series of videos here you can use for a complete overview:

 

Overview and Training

Overview and general  information about SQL Azure - what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more.

Content Index

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-azure-content-index.aspx

General Guidelines and Limitations

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee336245.aspx

General SQL Azure Information

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/peterlau/archive/2012/02/28/get-started-with-sql-azure-resources.aspx

Samples and Learning

Sources for online and other SQL Azure Training

Free Online Training

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/05/06/10007449.aspx

60-minute Overview (webcast)

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032458620&CountryCode=US

Architecture

SQL Azure Internals and Architectures for Scale Out and other use-cases.

SQL Azure Architecture

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/inside-sql-azure.aspx

Scale-out Architectures

http://tinyurl.com/247zm33

Sharding (larger DB sizes)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/12/23/10108670.aspx 

Federation Concepts

http://tinyurl.com/34eew2w

Use-Cases

http://blogical.se/blogs/jahlen/archive/2010/11/23/sql-azure-why-use-it-and-what-makes-it-different-from-sql-server.aspx

SQL Azure Security Model (video)

http://www.msdev.com/Directory/Description.aspx?EventId=1491

Administration

Standard Administrative Tasks and Tools

Tools Options

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/overview-of-tools-to-use-with-sql-azure.aspx

SQL Azure Migration Wizard

http://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com/

Managing Databases and Login Security

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee336235.aspx

General Security for SQL Azure

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff394108.aspx

Backup and Recovery

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-azure-backup-and-restore-strategy.aspx

More Backup and Recovery Options

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/current-options-for-backing-up-data-with-sql-azure.aspx

Syncing Large Databases to SQL Azure

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sync/archive/2010/09/24/how-to-sync-large-sql-server-databases-to-sql-azure.aspx

Programming

Programming Patterns and Architectures for SQL Azure systems.

How to Build and Manage a Business Database on SQL Azure

http://tinyurl.com/25q5v6g

Connection Management

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-azure-connection-management-in-sql-azure.aspx

Transact-SQL Supported by SQL Azure

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee336250.aspx

SQLCAT Team Papers on SQL Azure

 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlcat/archive/2010/05/28/sql-azure-customer-best-practices.aspx