One of my Developer Evangelist colleagues from the west coast, Lynn Langit, published an article on Getting Started with SQL Azure in MSDN Magazine today. Lynn’s article is thorough and does a great job of helping one get up to speed on working with SQL Azure. It’s loaded with tips and tricks you’ll need to know when configuring your database in the cloud.
Lynn starts by explaining the setup and database account creation process within the Azure portal. Next, she moves on to cover creating databases, and building applications on top of them using Visual Studio. From there, Lynn covers management of SQL Azure databases via Visual Studio, the SQL Management Studio, and the web-based “Project Houston” management interface. Finally, the article deals with common tasks such as migrating data in and out of SQL Azure, as well as an understanding of some of the feature and functionality differences between SQL Azure and SQL Server.
Definitely one worth adding to your bookmarks as a reference!