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  1. Allow SQL Database to join Virtual Network (VPN)

    I have Cloud Service with web/worker roles connected to SQL Database (web edition).

    I also have Virtual Network with point-to-site client (P2S) connection, but I cannot connect to my SQL Database (web edition) via VPN (eg using SSDM). Instead I have to use internet connection.

    IP address assigned by my ISP has short lifetime and is reset daily. This means that almost every time I want to perform Admin tasks, I have to log onto Windows Azure portal to change my IP address in the SQL database firewall (defining a range of addresses is not an option).

    VPN would mean…

    751 votes
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      12 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 652 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        In a DB-as-a-service model such as Azure SQL database, DMVs are the mechanism today to monitor what’s going on under the covers. We are adding DMVs as we expose more of the multi-tenant system functions. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/ff394114.aspx has more details on DMVs available today.

        We are looking at additional possibilities in the future to expose a tracing mechanism in the future.

      • 476 votes
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        • Add DTC support for SQL Azure

          I want to utilise LINQ and TransactionScope in my web roles and DTC support in SQL Azure would solve this problem

          476 votes
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            21 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We understand that there are a class of apps that could benefit from transaction coordination with SQL Database. We hope to look at this more in the future, however we don’t have immediate plans to ship a DTC for SQL Database. Customers should use eventual consistency techniques in the absence of DTC.

          • Enable SQL Service Broker in SQL Azure

            Service Broker should be available in Windows Azure.

            365 votes
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            • Implement FILESTREAM for blobs into Azure Blob Store

              Storing blobs in the database is fairly pointless when you have a dedicated blob store. Implement the FILESTREAM protocol to store blobs in a user's azure storage

              339 votes
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              • OData Support

                1. Create a new Database.
                2. Check an "Enable OData data services"
                3. Get a non-code OData service over the database

                329 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Active Directory Integration

                  As if now SQL Azure supports only SQL Authentication.Would it be possible to create something like a virtual Active Directory in Windows Azure, sync the Azure Active Directory with my domain Active Directory and then use windows authentication to connect to SQL Azure.Would Azure team work on creating this functionality.

                  277 votes
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                  • Bring SQL 2014's In-Memory OLTP to SQL Azure

                    This is a great new feature, and it will be very useful in scenarios such as session state management, low latency, read and write scale, reduced locks, etc.

                    237 votes
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                    • Add SEQUENCE GENERATOR feature

                      Add the ability to create user-defined sequence generators. This includes adding the funcitonlaity in a Federated Member.

                      144 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Azure SQL Database User Managment

                        Please add a GUI to manage the users and their privileges in Azure SQL databases.

                        143 votes
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                        • Support staging/production scenario as in Windows Azure

                          This could be done with the future cloning technique or perhaps a more sophisticated one?

                          85 votes
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                          • Provide usage of Database for Dreamspark Students Azure Portal

                            We would like to have use of SQL Database in Azure Privew Portal.

                            58 votes
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                            • Periodically rebuild indexes on databases

                              Performance can drop drastically when indexes become fragmented.
                              We can code a web job to rebuild indexes from time to time, but I think it should be part of the Sql Database offer.

                              53 votes
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                              • 44 votes
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                                • After years still no JSON support

                                  People asking for JSON support for SQL Server for years and this is one of the most asked questions on another SQL Server feedback site:

                                  https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/673824/add-native-support-for-json-to-sql-server-a-la-xml-as-in-for-json-or-from-openjson

                                  Please add JSON data type to SQL Server together with some operations (modification, json-path etc).

                                  42 votes
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                                  • Enable GZip/Deflate Compression of SQL Azure OData Response

                                    OData's AtomPub protocol is very verbose. My calculations indicate that AtomPub multiplies Data Transfer Out bytes by a factor of 8.75. (See Querying OData.org’s SQL Azure Northwind Sample Data Service: http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/odataorgs-sql-azure-northwind-sample.html).

                                    Despite the Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate header, SQL Azure OData responses aren''t compressed. I agree with this comment by Scott Hanselman - failure to compress OData responses is LAME.

                                    38 votes
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                                    • Support the dbmail.

                                      The feature dbmail in SQL 2005 makes email sending much easier, should keep it in SQL Azure.

                                      29 votes
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                                      • SQL Server for Mac

                                        I need to work on SQL Server express locally because we are using SQL Azure as our prod environment. The problem is, I am working on my Mac. Is there a way to work around this without using a VM? Can you please make a version of SQL Server to run on Mac OS X?

                                        27 votes
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                                        • Allow using Query Notifications with Azure SQL Databases

                                          Please allow using Query Notifications with Azure SQL Databases.
                                          In combination with OutputCache having SqlDependency set the Query Notifications mechanism should reduce web sites load and increase pages response time.

                                          19 votes
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