SQL Data Sync in Windows Azure Enhancements and Dynamics NAV 2013 VM Now Available!; Install Visual Studio 2012 "Only" on Certified Windows To Go Drives

SQL Data Sync service which are now operational in all Windows Azure data centers revceived updates. "SQL Data Sync enables creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between Windows Azure SQL Database and either SQL Server or other SQL Databases."The past two June and August service updates have brought the following enhancements to the preview in addition […]

SQL Data Sync service which are now operational in all Windows Azure data centers revceived updates. "SQL Data Sync enables creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between Windows Azure SQL Database and either SQL Server or other SQL Databases."

The past two June and August service updates have brought the following enhancements to the preview in addition to general reliability improvements:

  • "Added support for spatial data types including geography and geometry
  • Added ability for user to cancel a data synchronization in progress
  • Enhanced overall performance on initial provisioning and sync tasks
  • Enhanced sync performance between on-premises databases and Windows Azure SQL Databases," Azure team informed.

You can read more about SQL Data Sync on MSDN article, or check out the SQL Data Sync Best Practices here.

In other developers related news, Microsoft revealed that "Visual Studio 2012 can only install to certified Windows To Go drives."

Windows To Go is a cool new enterprise features to enable a mobile workforce to carry around an enterprise-managed installation of Windows on a USB thumb drive.

However, only certified thumb drives appear as fixed drives and, therefore, Visual Studio 2012 can only install to certified drives. "If you are running W2G on a non-certified drive, there is no supported workaround for installing VS2012 directly onto the drive," Heath Stewart stated.

"If you install Windows To Go (aka WTG or W2G) on a non-certified drive then boot to it and attempt to install VS2012 - or even try to install VS2012 to a separate removable drive - you will see an error similar to following screenshot and text description: The path entered cannot be on a removeable drive."

If you're running Windows on a fixed drive and try to install to a removable drive, please select another drive such as the system drive.

For more information, read this Windows To Go Feature Overview here.

Install Visual Studio 2012 on Certified Windows To Go Drives Only

Dynamics NAV 2013 Virtual Machine (VM) is now available for download.

"This Virtual Machine image is designed to allow you to demonstrate the features and functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Beta in a live environment,
utilizing a single PC or laptop computer," Microsoft stated.

Download the VM here.