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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.

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      • Charles Laymon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah this is ok BUT!! It does not work for lift and shift where scenarios where you have direct table references on the same server for example (same server) from db 1
        SELECT * FROM db2..MyTable

      • Kael Dowdy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The idea of an elastic database query feature has its merits (particularly for interacting with 3rd party remote services). However, having to implement such an approach to execute a basic cross-database transaction (for which the user connection would need proper rights to the remote database, of course) is like having to resort to using a Series 4 De-Atomizer to get the job done when a simple slingshot would have sufficed. Quite the overkill here...

      • Peters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Try taking backup using "Cloudbacko software" i have experience of using CloudBacko software for my MYSQL database backup. Currently, i am using the same software because it gives me full security and protection to my data. Backup of a large 100GB MySQL Database can be finished overnight. Fast multi-thread MySQL Database backup. Block level incremental hot backup with zero downtime. MySQL Database backup pre-requisites checking guarantees restorability. Multi-destination concurrent backup. Directly restore from backup to original database. Service is very good so i would like to suggest you to have CloudBacko software for your backup plan.

      • JuanPabloJofre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Using SQL 2014, I was able to do a distributed query between a local SQL server and a SQL Azure.

        First, I created a Linked-Server:
        Linked Server (name): FOO
        Provider: Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server
        Product name: (blank)
        Data Source: <azure-db>
        Provider string: (blank)
        Location: (blank)
        Catalog: <db-name>

        In security options: (*) Be made using this security context:
        Remote login: <azure-user-name>
        With password: <password>

        in SSMS entered the following test query:

        use [Local_DB]

        select L.[Name]
        from [dbo].[T1] L
        join (
        Select Name
        from [FOO].[RemoteDB].[dbo].[Remote_T1]
        select Name
        from [FOO].[RemoteDB].[dbo].[Remote_T1]
        group by Name having count(*) > 1
        ) R on L.[Name] = R.[Name]

        It worked beautifully !!

        I found non-duplicate matches between local and azure tables.

      • Marie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1. I'd like to be able to do this with EF. Distributed transactions are a must in my case.

      • Chamil De Zoysa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Elastic Database provides to perform multi shard elastic queries through external tables.

        But this approach does not work for scenarios where you use cross db queries in your stored procedures and perform CRUD operations .across dbs as those external tables are read only.

        Hence, the elastic query feature is not helping the scenarios where you plan to migrate set of on premise relational databases in to sql azure without doing major a data layer change.

      • A. Glez. B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Elastic Database Query means creating one external table for each table we want to query? So instead of having a view selecting from 10 tables in a different db we get 10 more tables and then a view. Right?

      • Torsten Grabs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cross-database queries through Elastic Database Query are now in preview across all regions of Azure SQL DB. To get started, please refer to the following content:

        - Overview:
        - Tutorial:

        Note that the current functionality requires an Elastic Database Tools shard map to establish the references to remote databases. We are currently working on a much simpler experience for non-sharded data tiers. We will make this part of the preview soon.


      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cross database querying not supported ...It is the heart of the system.sepcially for the master database.

      • Vince commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you. Seriously. Thank you. I would buy beers and send if I could.

      • David Mulholland commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We were seriously looking at migrating to Azure Db but not being able to query cross database is the sole reason we cannot. We are an enterprise organisation with data split across dozens of database and frequently query cross database e.g. we have a customer database and a sales database and we want to look at sales by customer. It is not feasible to consolidate as there are far too many different concerns to include in a single database (medical records, warehousing, finance, CRM, diary, contact centre functions, helpdesk, time keeping & payroll, HR etc. etc.) and even if we did the amount of data involved would exceed the maximum allowed for a single Db anyway. We need some function to allow data to be queried via joining to tables in separate databases in order for it to be feasible to move.

      • Rafi Asraf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our product is a retail POS data warehouse solution, with integrated data from different chains and stores, made for consumer goods vendors.
        Each vendor is having a separate database, with only their data on it. We also maintain master data, and general public data, that is integrated and used in reports.

        We would like to upload these databases to the cloud, using SQL Azure Databases. Having the ability to perform a cross database reference would allow us to store the common and public data once, in a global database, and use it many times. For this we need to create a view in database A that is performing a select * from t1 from database b.

        Also, exposing repots to the end user, with only their DW logs, which are stored in a central database, will be easier with a view filtering only the relevant customers logs.

        The alternative is to replicate the same data multiple time, with the risk of it being not in sync, and the overhead of storage and syncing the same data 100s of time.
        A second alternative is to run it as a VM, but then we do not really get the advantages of using a cloud database, as we will need to administrate the server, and allocate resources, and disk space, and memory etc.

      • Alexander commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A lot of real world (Microsoft-) SQL(-Server) solutions depend on cross- database queries. This is the #1 showstopper for moving our application/website to Azure.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a common task for database developers and a MAJOR obstacle to using SQL Azure. Very simple requirement:

        SELECT * INTO [db2].dbo.[some table] FROM [db1].dbo.[some table]


        INSERT INTO [db2].dbo.[some table]
        SELECT * FROM [db1].dbo.[some table]

        These and similar tasks are so common that I really will not be able to use SQL Azure without the ability to copy data between databases.

      • XxBladesxX commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I want:
        SELECT *
        INTO [TargetDB].[dbo].[TargetTable]
        FROM [SourceDB].[dbo].[SourceTable]

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