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  1. Support full-text indexing

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

    3,026 votes
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      96 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.

      1,163 votes
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        26 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.

        1,102 votes
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          46 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 823 votes
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            29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 796 votes
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              22 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…

              538 votes
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                2 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 522 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.

                • 449 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  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

                    428 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

                      320 votes
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                      • Enable SQL Service Broker in SQL Azure

                        Service Broker should be available in Windows Azure.

                        283 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

                          256 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.

                            219 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.

                              190 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.

                                189 votes
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                                • Support Sql Change Tracking

                                  Add in Sql 2008 Change Tracking

                                  187 votes
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                                    9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • SELECT INTO.

                                    Without allowing SELECT INTO in order to at least create an EMPTY table (which can then have a clustered index created, etc) makes Azure, in practical terms, unusable for our purposes.

                                    Even better, why couldn't MS provide a T-SQL query to retrieve what Management Studio returns in "Script As"? You obviously already have the code (in SSMS) so why couldn't you have made this scripting available on SQL Server itself through a query interface (like Oracle does)? We've had to reinvent the wheel in order to create our own such functionality and it's caused a maintenance nightmare.

                                    173 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      154 votes
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                                      • 139 votes
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                                        • Cross shard transactions and joins in Elastic Scale

                                          These are two very important features that I'd like to see in Elastic Scale.

                                          At the moment, sharding forces the application developer to rethink how they access data, degrading productivity and limiting app functionality. What if I have to commit a transaction that spans across several shards? What if I need to join shardlets that live in separate shards? UNION ALL puts more strain on the app server, and the application developer has to do extra work to fan-out the results every time a query needs to hit multiple shards. Traditionally, SQL databases were built to serve relational data, not…

                                          124 votes
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