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  1. Support full-text indexing

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

    2,904 votes
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    • 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.

      935 votes
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      • 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.

        883 votes
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          23 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 680 votes
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            18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 491 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.

            • OData Support

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

              311 votes
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              • 275 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

                  268 votes
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                    12 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.

                    256 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

                      221 votes
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                      • 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.

                        188 votes
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                        • Support Sql Change Tracking

                          Add in Sql 2008 Change Tracking

                          166 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)

                            126 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?

                              80 votes
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                              • Allow data compression (to improve size/performance)

                                Allowing data compression would make it easier to fit within a 1GB/10GB limit and help improve I/O performance on large datasets, not to mention it helps with T-SQL/SQL Server compatibility.

                                80 votes
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                                • Throttle indicator

                                  We would like to have an indicator that tells us how close our azure services are to being throttled. We don't need specific throttle metrics, but a general indicator (red/yellow/green) for each azure service (Sql Azure, Table storage, Blob Storage, etc.) that can be throttled.

                                  With this information, we can scale down our usage of non-essential threads in favor of allowing mission-critical threads to continue processing rather than getting stopped cold when they are throttled (even with a retry policy, you're stopped/on hold until the throttle is removed).

                                  66 votes
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                                  • Enable SET CONTEXT_INFO

                                    I'm using the command SET CONTEXT_INFO to pass information about current User and Application (among others) to be used with insert and updating in all the tables. In SQL Azure this command is not available because, I think, it is used to set the session GUID:
                                    "When the client application connects to SQL Azure, CONTEXT_INFO (Transact-SQL) is set with a unique session specific GUID value automatically. Retrieve this GUID value and use it in your application to trace the connectivity problems."

                                    64 votes
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                                    • DBCC CHECKIDENT

                                      It would be great to have the ability to manipulate identity seeds on SQL Azure, like we have in other version of SQL Server.

                                      63 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.

                                        53 votes
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                                        • Implement MERGE command for Federated Windows Azure SQL Databases

                                          Please implement a MERGE AT command, which will be the symmetric opposite of SPLIT AT, in the sense that it would take two federation members and join them into a single federation member. Just like SPLIT, MERGE will have to be an online operation (no down time while it is being executed). Having both SPLIT and MERGE will make federated Windows Azure SQL Databases truly elastic (at the moment they can only scale out, but not scale down).

                                          Alternatives available at the moment (like the SQL Azure Migration Wizard) involve a good amount of manual work and are not available…

                                          51 votes
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