Thinking about kicking the tires on SQL Azure? Wondering what tools are out there to help automate the process and save some time? 

Check out the SQL Azure Migration Wizard  at http://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com.

The SQL Azure Migration Wizard helps you migrate your local SQL Server 2005 / 2008 databases into SQL Azure. The wizard walks you through the selection of your SQL objects, creates SQL scripts suitable for SQL Azure, and allows you to edit / deploy to SQL Azure. 

Since there are some minor DDL changes required to port a SQL Server database to SQL Azure, one of the really nice features of this tool is that when the SQL script is generated, an analysis window will be displayed telling you what areas need to be fixed prior to running the script against SQL Azure.

Click the link below for more information or to sign-up for the SQL Azure CTP (Community Technology Preview): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/dataservices/default.aspx

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