SQL Azure Blog is moving to the Official Windows Azure Platform Team Blog

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In an effort to make it easier for you to stay on top of the latest product releases, resources, tools and news around the Windows Azure platform, today, we’re excited to announce that the SQL Azure blog is moving into what will now be called the ‘Windows…


Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 4

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This is the fourth part in a multi-part blog series about securing your connection string in Windows Azure. In the first blog post (found here) a technique was discussed for creating a public/private key pair, using the Windows Azure Certificate Store to store and decrypt the…


Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 1

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] One of the challenges you face in running a highly secure SQL Azure environment is too keep your connection string to SQL Azure secure. If you are running Windows Azure you need to provide this connection string to your Windows Azure code, however you might not…


I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 3

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t have the concept of a SQL Server Agent. In this blog series we are attempting to create a light-weight substitute using a Windows Azure worker role. In the first blog post of the series, I covered how the Windows Azure worker roles…


I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 2

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t have the concept of a SQL Server Agent. In this blog series we are attempting to create a light-weight substitute using a Windows Azure Worker role. In the first blog post of the series, I covered how the Windows Azure worker roles…


I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 1

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t support running SQL Server Agent in the cloud. If you need SQL Server Agent type functionality for SQL Azure, you can use a Windows Azure worker role and some custom code, I will show you how in this blog post series. “Secret…


SQL Azure Database Now Generally Available – SLAs in effect

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Starting today, customers and partners in countries across the globe will be able to launch their SQL Azure Database production applications and services with the support of the full Service Level Agreements (SLAs).  Customers who have yet to upgrade their CTP accounts to paid commercial subscriptions…


SQL Azure at PASS Summit 2009

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This upcoming week, PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) will be holding its annual summit in Seattle, WA. The summit runs from November 2nd through the 5th and, as described on the website, provides: In-depth technical sessions all focused on SQL Server Unparalleled access to the…


Windows Azure Platform Launch Update

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In October 2008 at our Professional Developer Conference we opened the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for the Windows Azure platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services).  The CTP has been invaluable in terms of shaping many aspects of the Windows Azure platform. PDC 2009 is…


Try SQL Azure Database CTP Today

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Check out the free trial of Microsoft® SQL Azure Database Community Technology Preview (CTP).  SQL Azure Database, a part of the Windows Azure platform, is a cloud-based database service built on Microsoft SQL Server technology.   With SQL Azure organizations will benefit from a pay-as-you grow model…