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SQL Azure–what it is and what it isn’t

SQL Azure isn’t SQL Server hosted on the internet. It’s a little bit different. After reading lots of printed words about Azure, I decided I wanted a simple visual overview of what it is and what it is not and I’m sharing it with you.

I started by connecting to my SQL Azure database using SQL Server 2008 R2 (the free Express edition will work just fine for this).


I used the Options button to assign azure as the color of my query window. The RGB values for azure are 240, 255, 255 in case you’re wondering.

I forgot to add my IP address to the Firewall Settings, so the connection failed:


I went back to the SQL Azure administration page and added an IP address range (fake IP addresses are shown).


I created an empty database named sqlblogdb on my local SQL Server and also on SQL Azure. I opened up each one in Object Explorer to see the differences in the schemas.


Subsequent posts will provide more detailed comparisons between SQL Server and SQL Azure.

Finally, I edited all of my screen captures for this post and changed server names, logins, guids, and IP addresses to totally fake values.

Published Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:17 AM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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