I would like to share with you some tips for how to move your on-premise DB to MS SQL Azure on the cloud.
First, To be able to connect to SQL Azure Prepare your environment with the following:
1) Install MS SQL 2008 R2 on your machine – Nov CTP, having any other version of SQL 2008 will not give you the full functionality like working with object browser in SQL Server 2008 R2.
a) Before installing SQL 2008 R2, please check your exisiting environment by using SQL Server upgrade advisor (it is a part of SQL 2008 R2).
b) Using your credientials in SQL Azure, you will be able to connect using SQL 2008 R2 with no issues and you will be able to navigate through your objects in the DB.
1) How to move your on premise Database to SQL Azure on the cloud:
1) Script your DB from your server.
2) There is some changes you have to do it on the script before executing it on the SQL Azure DB.
Tip: 1) Remove any reference to the file group such as : ON [PRIMARY] on your script.
Then when you remove the reference, you will be able to execute the script using SQL Management Studio and when you refresh the server you will be able to see your new created objects.
Hope this helps.
Mostafa arafa @ Azure Cloud……