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Get Help with SQL Data Sync (Preview)

Updated: May 14, 2013

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


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SQL Data Sync (Preview) is an Azure service that enables you to easily synchronize geographically disbursed SQL Server databases and SQL Database instances. The topics in this section provide answers to questions and help with issues you might run into.

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.

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Topic Description

SQL Data Sync (Preview) Community Resources

A list of links to various resources supported by the SQL Data Sync (Preview) community.

SQL Data Sync (Preview) FAQ

Frequently asked questions about SQL Data Sync (Preview).

SQL Data Sync (Preview)Troubleshooting Guide

Help with fixing common SQL Data Sync (Preview) issues you might encounter.

SQL Data Sync Known Issues

SQL Data Sync (Preview) issues that we know about and their workarounds.

Channel 9 videos

Series of videos that introduce you to SQL Data Sync (Preview) and demonstrate how to use it for main scenarios.


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)


How to modify a sync group

You can modify a sync group’s schema by adding/removing tables or columns in the sync group; or by altering a column’s width or data type. Details can be found by following the links.

See Also

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