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  1. Support full-text indexing

    Our application is heavily dependent on it. So this is a blocker right now.

    2,996 votes
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      95 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Transparent Data Encryption

      Enabling TDE would go a long way to help placate business sponsors concerned about their data being housed in Microsoft's datacenters. Even though the cloud is arguably more secure than doing it yourself, turning on TDE would provide a warm fuzzy feeling to those not comfortable with the concept.

      1,127 votes
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        24 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Cross database reference

        The ability to query (read-only) data from a difference database or linked server. This will allow to reference (join) some tables from the source database and build views that uses two or more SQL Azure databases.

        1,034 votes
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          42 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 821 votes
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            29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 765 votes
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              19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 516 votes
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                7 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.

              • 438 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  421 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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

                    403 votes
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                      14 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.

                    • OData Support

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

                      317 votes
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                      • Reconsider the specs of preview database tiers

                        I have been using the SQL Azure Business databases but the site is so busy and some core stored procedures have calculations involved that it has been unable to cope. I experimented with S1, S2 & P1 and have since upgraded to P1. Unfortunately I have seen little to no benefit of this - despite the 8x higher cost! S2 was nowhere near good enough.

                        Please reconsider the resources allocated to these new database tiers as they look like a disaster waiting to happen!

                        309 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for your feedback here. The new service tiers are in preview and we are carefully listening to customer feedback.

                          One of our goals for the new tiers is to have both great price and great performance against our competitors and against SQL Server in an Azure VM. Another goal is to have predictable performance where customers can rely on the service tier and performance level, and other customers don’t impact them.

                          It’s hard to compare directly the performance of Web/Business and the new service tiers, performance in Web/Business can be great, and up to P2 levels of performance. It can also be not great to put it mildly.

                          Our end goal is to have great price and performance against a key set of cloud OLTP provides. If you’d like to engage more, please send me email at guyhay@microsoft.com

                        • Enable SQL Service Broker in SQL Azure

                          Service Broker should be available in Windows Azure.

                          280 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

                            250 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support Rebuilding Indexes Online for Tables with Large Objects

                              Following the guidance from

                              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cbiyikoglu/archive/2010/04/03/handling-error-40522-while-creating-dropping-and-rebuilding-large-indexes-in-sql-azure.aspx

                              I attempted to rebuild a heavily fragmented index using Online=ON:

                              ALTER INDEX ALL ON [Backups] REBUILD WITH(ONLINE = ON)

                              And received the following error:

                              'ONLINE INDEX DDL WITH LARGE OBJECT' is not supported in this version of SQL Server.

                              My table contains a varbinary(max) field. This is a serious flaw. Please fix.

                              201 votes
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                                17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support Sql Change Tracking

                                Add in Sql 2008 Change Tracking

                                177 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  163 votes
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                                  • Add support for "SELECT INTO" for #temp tables in SQL Azure

                                    I understand that SELET INTO is not supported in SQL Azure standard tables because that will create a new table that doesnt have the clustered index needed to replicate the data correctly.
                                    However, when creating tables in the tempdb you can create tables without a clustered index - and so the SELECT INTO command should be able to be used when the output table is stored in the TempDB.

                                    99% of all my SELECT INTO are used for temporary tables (to increase speed in reporting and data processing)

                                    157 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 139 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.

                                        125 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add possibility for (SSD-based) High IOPS Databases

                                          There needs to be a SSD-backed SQL Database Tier. The new Basic, Standard, Premium gives you control over CPU but does nothing for high IOPS-needs.

                                          An SSD-backed option would go a very long way to solve this.

                                          84 votes
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