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  1. 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

    770 votes
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      15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • PolyBase: Support for Azure SQL Database

      Azure SQL Database does not currently support Polybase, though it is supported in the on-premise version.

      445 votes
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        19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Change Data Capture

        Allow Change Data Capture in SQL Azure

        It has been available in SQL server since 2008, the jump to SQL Azure seems logical.

        363 votes
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        • R for Azure SQL DB

          It would be great if SQL Server R Services feature of SQL Server 2016 comes to Azure SQL DB as well. I see a great potential for this integration and would enable advanced analytics scenarios on PaaS seamlessly

          301 votes
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          • Add Master Data Services (MDS) to Azure hosted MS SQL.

            Add Master Data Services (MDS) to Azure hosted MS SQL.

            280 votes
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              20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Traffic Manager for SQL Database

              The traffic manager is a great way to account for failover between web nodes in different data centers. However, an analogous paradigm doesn't exist for databases. In the premium tier, you can enable active geo-replication. However, all applications dependent on the primary either need to have their connection strings changed over when failing over between data centers, or they have to have some sophisticated retry logic built in at the application tier. It would be great if applications could point to a single, consistent endpoint and the geo-failover could be handled at a higher level the way it is with…

              271 votes
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              • Need the ability to set a time zone per Azure sql database

                We need to be able to set the timezone for an Azure sql or DW database. This should be a database option.

                Now we are faced with changing all of our code which references getdate() and similar date functions.
                We shouldn't have this extra difficulty in moving to a cloud database.

                250 votes
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                • Bring SQL Databases (MS SQL Database as a Service) to Azure Stack

                  When is comes to app development on PaaS platforms, Databases and DBaaS are "core" & "can't-live-without".

                  I see them already included in first release ;)

                  241 votes
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                    unplanned  ·  9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support staging/production scenario as in Windows Azure

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

                    186 votes
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                    • Allow the USE statement to switch between databases on the same Azure SQL Server

                      We use different databases on the same SQL Server as part of a solution and the limitation of not being able to run USE <database> limits us to Azure SQL VMs only instead of using Azure SQL Server.

                      Per Azure Documentation:

                      USE statement: To change the database context to a different database you must make a new connection to the new database.

                      Seems that there should be a way to overcome this limitation. Help us, Microsoft, you are only hope!

                      167 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.

                        161 votes
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                        • allow database to reside in different resource group to server

                          Currently, SQL server databases must be created in the same resource group as the server. It would be great to allow databases to be created in different resource groups. This would allow full environments to be created and destroyed while leveraging elastic pools.

                          157 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Grant access to Azure DB via host name (reverse DNS) instead of IP address

                            Clients behind dynamic IP addresses are unable to make use of Azure DB for desktop and server application because I cannot know the IP address that their workstations might be calling from.
                            I can use DynDNS to maintain their external host name but good luck to anyone who wants to use DB sync or to direct access the Azure DB databases in this type of environment.

                            Static IP is not available to many of our clients as they are in remote locations that only have 3G/4G coverage

                            122 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Azure Sql database password force change on first login

                              Azure SQL Database needs a feature, like SQL Server, to enforce password expiration, and MUST_CHANGE for SQL Logins

                              87 votes
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                              • Support for DML operations with external tables in Azure

                                I've seen it around in a few places that this might be something that's in the works. Is that certain, and is there an ETA on its release? The elastic database queries are a huge improvement, but our application would benefit greatly from write access as well.

                                86 votes
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                                • Add .Net Core Support for Microsoft Active Directory Authentication Library for Microsoft SQL Server

                                  Right now this requires .Net 4.6, we have a Core app, would be great if this supported .Net Standard 1.6

                                  84 votes
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                                  • Automatic Fail-over to secondary region similar to Global DocumentDB

                                    Recently, Microsoft introduced a feature "Global DocumentDB database" along with "multi-homing APIs" which provides transparent & automatic fail-over to secondary database with no human intervention.

                                    It will be helpful to have a similar feature for Azure SQL Database where users can enable Geo-Replication and will not have to worry about manual fail-over to secondary in case when Primary / master is unavailable

                                    77 votes
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                                      planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • More granular sizing for Elastic Database Pools

                                      Currently the sizing of Elastic Database Pools is not very granular. I'd like to be able to adjust the pool eDTU in much smaller increments, e.g. 5 or 10 DTUs at a time.

                                      Let's say I have a premium elastic pool serving say 20 databases with 125 eDTU and I'm happy with the performance. I get a few more customers so need to add say 3 databases ... there's no way to grow my pool to support the additional load. Either I pay twice as much to have a 250 eDTU pool or I put up with fewer average resources…

                                      77 votes
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                                      • Track SQL DB restore progress

                                        Tracking in detail the restore of a SQL DB is mandatory in order to provide a transparent customer support. At this moment, one can only see if a restore is running (1%) or finished, but the restore progress in percentages cannot be seen. The only reply I can give at this moment to my customers about when the database restore will be finished, is somewhere within 24h.

                                        68 votes
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                                        • View & Edit SQL Server database data

                                          In the old portal it was possible to view and edit the data of an SQL Server database.
                                          This feature was very compelling to me, and I'd like to see the implementation of it, or at least a temporary reference to it meanwhile.
                                          Otherwise I have to go back and use the old portal.

                                          63 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the feedback. We’re working on a lot of great stuff and will continue to expand the functionality in the preview portal to match the full portal over time. You’ll see things like this become available over time.

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