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  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Data Sync Webcast Overview

    I've just posted the first in a series of webcasts for SQL Azure Data Sync over on Channel 9 here . This first webcast provides a high-level overvew of the service. There's a couple of slides to introduce the service, but most of the webcast is a demo of the service. Here's what we've got planned...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Data Sync Preview is now available

    We are pleased to announce the availability of SQL Azure Data Sync Preview. The Preview does not require a registration code and is available to anyone who has a SQL Azure account. Improvements for the Preview release include: Now hosted on the Windows Azure Management site - https://windows...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Data Sync Update

    It’s been a while since we announced SQL Azure Data Sync CTP2 and I wanted to provide an update on how CTP2 is progressing as well as an update on the service in general. Late last year at PDC we announced CTP2 and started accepting registrations for access to the preview release. In mid-December...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SQL Azure Data Sync CTP2

    Earlier this week I mentioned that we will have one additional sync session at PDC that would open up after the keynote. Now that the keynote is complete, I am really excited to point you to this session “ Introduction to SQL Azure Data Sync ” and tell you a little more about what was announced...
  • 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: Try SQL Azure Data Sync Service with a Free SQL Azure Database

    Although the SQL Azure Data Sync Service is currently free, it does require you to have at least two SQL Azure databases to sync your data with. Until now, there was no free version of SQL Azure to allow you to get started. That has now changed as Windows Azure has started a free one month trial of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Using Project "Houston" to help with SQL Azure Data Sync Management

    Today the SQL Azure team released CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” on SQL Azure Labs . This is a new web based tool hosted in Windows Azure that can be used to manage your SQL Azure database. In the past the primary mechanism for managing SQL Azure has been SQL Server...
  • 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: Initiating Sync to SQL Azure using SQL

    For those of you who have tried SQL Azure Data Sync you likely know that the way that we execute synchronization from SQL Server to SQL Azure is through the use of SQL Agent. One of the handy parts of SQL Agent is the ability to schedule synchronization based our your own requirements. However, in some...
  • 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: Sending Email Notifications Using SQL Azure Data Sync

    I love to see when users take the products we have created and add extensions to it to suit their specific needs. Earlier this week I talked about how Hilton Giesenow's extended SQL Azure Data Sync to create a custom synchronization application using VB.NET to allow him to do custom conflict resolution...
  • 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: How to Synchronize Multiple Geographically Distributed SQL Server Databases using SQL Azure Data Sync

    Imagine that you want to have multiple copies of the same SQL Server databases located in different locations around the country or even around the world. Those SQL Server databases could exist in your headquarters, subsidiaries, retail stores, and even in your remote offices. Currently, to accomplish...
  • 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: Announcing SQL Azure Data Sync (November CTP) Available for Download

    [Please note that this tool has been deprecated and is no longer available. Please use SQL Azure Data Sync. More details can be found here ] Today in the opening keynote at PDC we announced the availability of SQL Azure Data Sync – November CTP, an early preview open to the public through...
  • 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...
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