SQL SERVER – A Quick Notes on SQL Azure

SQL SERVER - A Quick Notes on SQL Azure azure-icon-250x250 I was recently attending a small meeting where I was asked if I can share a few things to be considered when designing SQL Azure database. Today I am sharing the same notes over here.

Disclaimer: This is no way a complete guide – this is some notes which are compiled in a short meeting. SQL Azure is an evolving product. All the notes are accurate when this article was written.

  • Each Table must have clustered index. Tables without a clustered index are not supported.
  • Each connection can use a single database. Multiple database in a single transaction is not supported.
  • ‘USE DATABASE’ cannot be used in Azure.
  • Global Temp Tables (or Temp Objects) are not supported.
  • As there is no concept of cross database connection, linked server is not the concept in Azure at this moment.
  • SQL Azure is a shared environment and because of the same there is no concept of Windows Login.
  • Always drop TempDB objects after they need as they create pressure on TempDB.
  • During buck insert use the batch size option to limit the number of rows to be inserted. This will limit the usage of Transaction log space.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of grouping or blocking ORDER by operations as they leads to high end memory usage.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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5 Comments. Leave new

  • Dhananjay Kumar
    May 28, 2011 7:02 am

    Thanks for sharing notes sir

  • Nice point Mr David. I am still having hard time with “USE Databse” command. Having worked in SQL for x number years, we take that one for granted.

    I put together a list of commands not supported in SQL Azure here:

  • I thought you will put some more photos today in your daily blog but nice to see some sql thing.
    is it :-
    During buck insert use batchsize option to limit the number of rows to be inserted. This will limit the usage of Transaction log space.

    During bulk insert …

  • Its Nice…I was doing RnD on Azure..so it will be really helpful..
    thanks for sharing …

  • Hitesh Maiskar
    February 27, 2012 7:25 pm

    really very good sharing..
    I like it very much .
    It will be better if you can share it detail.


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