Project “Houston” Grows up to become Database manager for SQL Azure

I’ve blogged before on Project “Houston” (here and here). at PDC this past week we announced that as part of the Developer Portal refresh Project “Houston” will be known as “Database manager for SQL Azure”. Database manager is a Silverlight client (running in the browser) for schema design and editing, entering data in to tables,…

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SQL Server MVPs–Thank you for what you do!

I follow the blog and/or Twitter of many of the SQL Server MVPs and to be blunt this is a truly amazing group of professionals. Their passion for SQL Server is undeniable. Their desire to expand their already deep knowledge of the product is unsurpassed. And their unselfish generosity to share their knowledge with others…

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Central Management Servers => Shared Connection Favorites

Back in SQL Server 2008 my team implemented the Central Management Server (CMS) feature. If you work as part of a DBA team and you haven’t tried it out I encourage you to do so. It’s available on all editions, even Express. In short, the CMS allows you to share entries in registered servers with…

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Moving Databases Between SQL Azure Servers

This week I had to move a couple of databases between two SQL Azure accounts. I needed to decommission one account and thus get the important stuff out before nuking it. My goal was straight forward: move two databases from one SQL Azure server (and account) to another SQL Azure server (and account). The applications…

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