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SQL Azure Data Sync Preview Upgraded to Service Update 4 (SU4)

The SQL Azure Data Sync preview release has now been upgraded to Service Update 4 (SU4) within the Windows Azure data centers and is running live.

“This update adds the most -requested feature: users can edit an existing Sync Group to accommodate changes they have made to their database schemas, without having to re-create the Sync Group,” Windows Azure team said.

If you are using SQL Azure and are not familiar with SQL Azure Data Sync, you can watch the video demonstration below:

“In order to use the new Edit Sync Group feature, you must install the latest release of the local agent software entitled “SQL Azure Data Sync Agent Preview,” available for download here. Existing Sync Groups do not need to be re-created, they will work with the new features automatically,” the team adds.

The complete list of changes are listed below:

  • Users can now modify a sync group without having to recreate it. See the MSDN topicEdit a Sync Groupfor details.
    • New information in the portal helps customers more easily manage sync groups:
      • The portal displays the upgrade and support status of the user’s local agent software: the local agent version is shown with a recommendation to upgrade if your client agent is not the latest, a warning if support for your agent version expires soon and an error if your agent is no longer supported.
      • The portal displays a warning for sync groups that may become out-of-date if changes fail to apply for 60 or more days.
  • The update fixes issues that affected ORM (Object Relational Model) frameworks such as Entity Framework and NHibernate working with Data Sync.
  • The service provides better error and status messages.
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