Archive for June, 2011

Programmatically Managing SQL Azure using REST API

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

In May 2011 SQL Azure Service Update 7, SQL Azure Management REST API was released.

SQL Azure Management REST API can be used for

    Currently it support Synchronous calls, there is no support Asynchronous calls.

All calls should be authenticated using X.509 Certificate and this certificate should be added as Management Certificate in Management Portal

Please read this article on How to create a Certificate

Hope you all find this information useful !!!

Free 30 days Windows Azure and SQL Azure Trial Pass

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft is offering 30 day Trial of SQL Azure and Windows Azure free of charge with no Credit Card required, you can use the code “ArunC” (Not case-sensitive)

This free trial pass includes the following


Steps to Sign up for Free Trial Account

1. Visit

2. Select your Country and then enter “ArunC” as Promo Code and click “Submit”


3. click “Signin” button to Sign in to your Windows Live ID, If you don’t have a Windows Live ID, you can register for it freely using “Sign Up” option


4. Please fill your Personal Information and click “Submit”


5. Enter your first name, last name and click check box to accept agreement and click on “Accept”


6. Now you have successfully created a Free trial account for SQL Azure and Windows Azure without any cost or specifying credit card


Hope you find this information useful !!! Please take advantage of the Free trial offer and learn SQL Azure !!!

Windows Azure team has announced Free Ingress starting July 1st, 2011

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Windows Azure team announced today in their blog that starting July 1st 2011, Ingress Traffic will be free for all Windows Azure Customers.

For more information please read this blog post from Windows Azure Team link

NJSQL Presentation Slides

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I presented “Migrating Data to SQL Azure” in New Jersey SQL Server User Group (NJSQL)

For more information about the presentation visit

I have attached my powerpoint deck to this post so that you can get the links and references that I presented

Be sure to click on the Download Slides link to download the slides.

Please post your comments and questions !!!

Presenting “Migrating Data to SQL Azure” in New Jersey SQL Server User Group

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I will be presenting at New Jersey SQL Server User Group


Set Focus
4 Century Drive
Parsippany , NJ, 07054, U.S.A

Meeting Time: 6:30 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST

Session Title: “Migrating Data to SQL Azure”

Session Synopsis:

Migrating on-premise data to SQL Azure and vice versa is one of the new challenge for Database Developers and Administrators.

This session demonstrates what data can be moved to SQL Azure and how easily we can migrate data from On Premise SQL Server to SQL Azure and also from other Heterogeneous database environments.

This session includes live demonstrations using SQL Azure DAC Import Framework tools, SQL Server/Azure Migration Tools and will be highly interactive session.

NJSQL User Group Web site

Join NJSQL User Group at

NJSQL Job Posts

I will post the presentation slides tomorrow after the meeting

Publishing Reports to SQL Azure Reporting Services

June 19, 2011 1 comment

In the previous post we saw How to provision and configure SQL Azure Reporting Services account and How to create reports using SQL Azure data for SQL Azure Reporting Services

In this post we will see How to deploy or publish the report to SQL Azure Reporting Services

Open the Report project in SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Studio and Right click on Project Name in Solution Explorer


In Project Properties, Specify the “Target Report Folder” and the “Target Server URL”, Target Server URL is the url you provisioned in SQL Azure Reporting Services account and make sure Target Server version is set to “SQL Server 2008 R2”. Click Apply and Ok to save the changes


Right the Project Name again on Solution explorer and click on “Deploy” to publish the report to SQL Azure Reporting Services


For connecting to SQL Azure Reporting Service, it will prompt for user name and password, Please specify the SQL Azure Reporting Services user name and password and click “Ok” to proceed


In Project Build Output, you can verify the status of the Deployment


Once successfully deployed, open Internet Explorer or any compatible browser and open

Replace SERVERNAME with your SQL Azure Reporting Services server name, enter user name and password and click “Sign In”


After successful login, you will be able to see the list of Report folders, click on the target folder we deployed


Now you will be able to see the list of reports available in the target folder, click on the Target Report we deployed to test it.


Since I haven’t saved the SQL Azure database user name and password, it will prompt for the credentials to connect to database, after specifying required credentials, click “View Report”


The Report will be successfully generated based on availability of data. You can export this Report or Print the report.


Now we have successfully deployed the report to SQL Azure Reporting services and preview the reports from SQL Azure Reporting Service Web

Hope you all find this information useful !!!

Creating Reports using SQL Azure Data for SQL Azure Reporting services

June 17, 2011 1 comment

In the previous post we saw How to provision and configure SQL Azure Reporting Services account.

In this article, we will see to How to create a report for SQL Azure Reporting Services using data from SQL Azure Database

Click on Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and open SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio


Click on File –> New Project and select Report Server Project Wizard


Click “Next” on Report Wizard to proceed


Specify the name of the Data source and select Type as “Microsoft SQL Azure” and then click “Edit” to define connection string


Specify the name of the SQL Azure database server, specify username (Please enter username@servername) and then password and then Select the database .


Click “Advanced” and specify Application Name and set Encrypt to True, click “Ok” to proceed


Click on Test Connection to make sure the connection works and then click “Ok” to proceed


After connection test is suceeded, click “ok” to proceed and then the defined connection string will be displayed, you can manually verify this as well. Click “Next” to proceed


In Query Designer, you can select the tables and fields you want to display in report, You can also click on “Edit as Text”, if you want to use the query which you already created


After defining the query, click “Run Query” to test and make sure that they query works fine and returns data. After the query runs successfully, click “Ok” to proceed


You can review the query in this screen, if you want to make any further changes, click on “Query Builder…” button to go to query designer window, or else, click “Next” to proceed


Select the report type as “Tabular”, based on your requirement, you can change your report type. Once selected, click “Next” to proceed


Select the Available Fields and move to Displayed Fields, Group Fields and Details based on your report requirement and click “Next” to proceed


Select Report Table Layout and specify whether to display Subtotal or enable Drilldown and then click “Next” to proceed


Select your preferred Report Style and click “Next” to proceed


Enter the Report Name and then click “Finish” to complete


Once the report is generated and saved, it will be previewed automatically


Now you have successfully created a SSRS Report using SQL Azure data for SQL Azure Reporting services.

In the next post, we will see how to deploy this report to SQL Azure Reporting Services and preview the reports  in SQL Azure Reporting Web

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