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  • Blog Post: Synchronization Services for ADO .NET for Devices: Improving performance by skipping tables that don’t need synchronization

    Performance is an important factor when you synchronize databases that consist of large number of tables. One way to improve performance is to identify tables that have no data to synchronize and exclude them from the synchronization process. SqlCeClientProvider performs some processing for every...
  • Blog Post: Improved Sync Framework 2.1 Documentation Released

    http://j.mp/9eWpJq We have improved the Sync Framework 2.1 documentation. This update includes new and better information in the following database synchronization topics: Provisioning Scopes Intercepting and changing data during synchronization Improvements to walkthroughs Deploying...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Sync Service Sample Available for Download

    The Windows Azure Sync Service Sample is a complete sample that shows you how to extend the reach of your data to anyone that has an Internet connection. The sample uses Microsoft Sync Framework 2.1 deployed to a Windows Azure Hosted Service, so your data extends even to users who have a poor or intermittent...
  • Blog Post: How to Sync Large SQL Server Databases to SQL Azure

    Over the past few days I have seen a number of posts from people who have been looking to synchronize large databases to SQL Azure and have been having issues. In many of these posts, people have looked to use tools like SSIS, BCP and Sync Framework and have run into issues such as SQL Azure closing...
  • Blog Post: Extending SQL Azure data to SQL Compact using Sync Framework 2.1

    I have just posted a webcast entitled "Extending SQL Azure data to SQL Compact using Sync Framework 2.1 ". This is part 2 to my original webcast where I showed how to use the Sync Framework to synchronize between an on-premises SQL Server database and a SQL Azure database. In this video I show you how...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server to SQL Azure Synchronization using Sync Framework 2.1

    I have just posted a webcast to Channel 9 that shows you how to extend the capabilities of SQL Azure Data Sync by writing a custom sync applications to enable bi-directional data synchronization between SQL Server and SQL Azure. This enables you to add customization to your synchronization process such...
  • Blog Post: Sync Framework 2.1 Available for Download

    Sync Framework 2.1 is available for download . Sync Framework 2.1 includes all the great functionality of our 2.0 release, enhanced by several exciting new features and improvements. The most exciting of these lets you synchronize data stored in SQL Server or SQL Server Compact with SQL Azure in...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Data Sync Service for SQL Azure

    Just a quick update to let you know of a new blog post Wayne Berry of the SQL Azure team created for our new Data Sync Service for SQL Azure. I think it is a great overview of the service for anyone looking to get started with sharing data over multiple geographically distributed SQL Azure databases...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Data Sync Service for SQL Azure

    I am extremely happy to announce the public preview of our new Data Sync Service for SQL Azure . For those of you who have been following this blog, you might recall our Project “ Huron ”. In this project we talked about our vision of creating a Data Hub in the cloud to provide users with...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2010

    Just a quick post to let you know that a few of the engineers and I will be attending TechEd North America 2010 . This year we have a booth (look for the "SQL Azure Data Sync" banners) and a few sessions , including one I am presenting titled "Using Microsoft SQL Azure as a Datahub to Connect Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sync Framework 1.0 SP1 Available for Download

    Go here to download: http://bit.ly/9zXmWN . For those of you using Sync Framework 1.0, we've just released a service pack that transitions the SQL Server Compact database provider to use a public-facing change tracking API that is new in SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2. In SQL Server Compact, the change...
  • Blog Post: SyncToy - PC Magazine Best Free Software of 2010

    I was pleased this morning to read that SyncToy 2.1 made it to PC Magazine list of " Best Free Software for 2010 ". According to the article: “What Microsoft once called a "powertoy" is now a great folder-to-folder synchronization tool. It's great for backing up data from local to network storage...
  • Blog Post: Webcast - Building Offline Web Apps Using Microsoft Sync Framework

    This week a number of the people from our team are at the MIX conference in Las Vegas. Yesterday, Mike Clark (the Group Manager for our team) presented a session to kick off the conference on the topic of building offline web applications. In this session Mike presented a look at the work we are doing...
  • Blog Post: My Great Sync Idea

    We have created a new website to allow you to submit and vote on ideas for new sync features as they relate to sync. You can find the site here: http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/44459-sql-azure-data-sync-feature-voting We would love to hear about the things that you would like to see...
  • Blog Post: Organize Yourself at MIX10 Using MIX10 Session Planner (Beta)

    Attending MIX10? Use MIX10 Session Planner (Beta) ( http://live.visitmix.com/syncclient ) to browse sessions, workshops, and speakers, and organize your personal schedule for the conference. MIX10 Session Planner (Beta) uses Microsoft Silverlight together with Microsoft Sync Framework to help you get...
  • Blog Post: How to Synchronize from SQL Azure to SQL Server using Visual Basic

    When we introduced SQL Azure Data Sync , one of the primary goals was to reduce the complexity of getting started with synchronization using the Sync Framework. Using the "SQL Azure Data Sync Tool for SQL Server" users can launch a wizard that configures synchronization from an existing SQL Server to...
  • Blog Post: New Case Study – GoGrid and Blue Star Infotech

    We recently added a new case study of a solution built by GoGrid on the Windows Azure platform to allow customers to develop, test, deploy, and back up Windows Azure applications. GoGrid partnered with Blue Star Infotech , a global provider of IT and Outsourced Product Development services and solutions...
  • Blog Post: Video - How Do I: Integrate an Existing Application With SQL Azure?

    Hilton Giesenow has created a short video webcast that demonstrates how to take an on-premises application and extend it to the cloud using SQL Azure and the Microsoft Sync Framework. As he points out, this gives "all the benefits of distributed, on-premises application databases AND hosted cloud-based...
  • Blog Post: Using the Sync Framework from PowerShell

    I wanted to point you to a great blog post that Steven Murawski wrote on how to use PowerShell along with the Microsoft Sync Framework. In the post he shows how he used PowerShell to create an "exploratory environment" for testing Sync Framework and he did this by converting one of the existing samples...
  • Blog Post: Looking Forward - Offline Capable Applications Using SilverLight and Sync Framework

    Right from the first release of Microsoft Sync Framework, one of the most common requests we have received is for the ability to take SilverLight applications offline, meaning that users can continue to access their applications and data regardless of connectivity to the backend web application. Using...
  • Blog Post: Synchronizing Files to Windows Azure Storage Using Microsoft Sync Framework

    I wanted to kick off this post by introducing myself. I’m Michael Clark. I lead the Sync Framework team. I don’t normally post to this blog (Liam Cavanagh does a fantastic job of that) but wanted a forum to get the information below out for now and decided that blog would be a good venue. One of the...
  • Blog Post: Synchronizing a Remote Replica By Using a Proxy Provider

    In a typical synchronization scenario, the two data stores are on different computers or devices that are connected over a network. A controlling application runs on a third computer or on the same computer as one of the data stores. A common way to perform synchronization is for the synchronization...
  • Blog Post: PDC Keynote Recording - Kelley Blue Book's use of SQL Azure Data Sync

    Last week at PDC we announced the availability of our first CTP of SQL Azure Data Sync . In the keynote, Andy Lapin of Kelley Blue Book explained how they keep their community databases up-to-date using this technolgy to synchronize data between their on-premises SQL Server and SQL Azure. The recording...
  • Blog Post: SQL Pass Conference & Synchronization to SQL Azure

    Yesterday was the first day of the SQL Server conference, SQL Pass , here in Seattle. It was a really exciting day for me because I had the opportunity to present our new synchronization capabilities to the cloud in the opening day keynote and in a subsequent session. We introduced the first piece...
  • Blog Post: New Sync Framework Samples

    We have lots of new samples on Sync Framework Code Gallery . These samples demonstrate some of the most important and exciting features of Sync Framework 2.0. If you are new to Sync Framework or are looking for ways to write code to solve your synchronization problems, chances are we have a sample that...
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