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Modify an Existing Sync Group (SDS)

Updated: February 12, 2014

[This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]


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To use SQL Data Sync (Preview) to synchronize your data across multiple databases you need to create a Sync Group which logically groups together two or more SQL databases. The topics in this section cover how to modify an existing sync group from the Azure Managemenet portal.

The Microsoft Azure SQL Data Sync plug-in on the Microsoft Azure Silverlight portal has been decommissioned. Going forward, use the Microsoft Azure Management portal, for Azure SQL Data Sync.

You access SQL Data Sync (Preview) via the SYNC tab under SQL Database at the Microsoft Azure Management portal. The SYNC tab is only available when you have one or more sync groups. See the topic How To: Create a Sync Group (SDS) for guidance on creating and modifying a sync group from this portal.

See the Navigation section below for links to topics you should read before you start and guidance on creating and modifying sync groups.

In this section


Topic Description

Update a Sync Group Schema (SDS)

Update the sync group’s schema and add or remove tables and columns from your sync group.

Remove a Database from a Sync Group (SDS)

Steps to remove a database from a sync group. Do not delete a database before you remove it from all the sync groups it belongs to.

Delete a Sync Group (SDS)

Steps to delete a sync group and confirm that it was fully deleted. Do no delete any databases before you delete the sync group.

Manually Deprovision a Database

If a database fails to deprovision when you delete a sync group you need to manually deprovision it.

Cancel a Synchronization (SDS)

Steps to cancel a synchronization if it is taking too long.

Change an Agent's Key (SDS)

Steps to change an agent’s key on both the agent and with SQL Data Sync.


SQL Data Sync (Preview) is a feature of SQL Database. From the Azure Management portal you can perform all tasks necessary to create, deploy, and modify a sync group.


Before you start

Before you begin to design and implement your synchronizations, you should be familiar with these topics.

How to create a sync group

There are six steps to creating a sync group from the Azure Management portal. Details on each step can be found by following these links.

  1. Sign in to the Azure SQL Database Management portal
    SQL Data Sync (Preview) is found as a tab under SQL Database only after you create a sync group.

  2. Install a SQL Data Sync (Preview) Client Agent

  3. Register a SQL Server Database with a Client Agent

  4. Create your Sync Group (SDS)

  5. Define your sync data (SDS)

  6. Configure your sync group (SDS)

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