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A synchronization group is two or more databases that are logically grouped together for the purpose of synchronizing specified tables, columns and rows common to each.

SQL Azure Data Sync supports synchronization groups that are comprised exclusively of SQL Azure databases or a mix of SQL Server and SQL Azure databases. Each sync group must have a unique name. It is advisable that this name also be meaningful and descriptive of the sync group's purpose. For example, a sync group that synchronizes sales figures from various regional offices to corporate headquarters might be called "SalesSG" or "RegionalSalesSG".

Prerequisites

The following are prerequisites that must be met before you can create a sync group. These are covered in more detail in the article, [[SQL Azure Data Sync: How to Get Started]].

You must have:

  • An active Windows Azure account, which requires a Windows Live ID.
  • An active Windows Azure subscription.

 Prior to using the information in this article you should have

  1. Provisioned a SQL Azure Data Sync server - SQL Azure Data Sync Provision a SQL Azure Data Sync Server

See the article SQL Azure Data Sync Create a Sync Group for the flow of all the steps to create a sync group.

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Name the Sync Group

Each sync group must have a unique name. It is helpful if the name is also meaningful.
  1. Navigate to the SQL Azure Management Portal.

  2. After the page finishes loading the add-ins, click Data Sync in the left pane.

  3. From the Subscriptions tree in the left pane, find and expand the subscription where you provisioned the SQL Azure Data Sync server. (Figure 1:1)
    If you have not provisioned a SQL Azure Data Sync server see the topic SQL Azure Data Sync Provision a Data Sync Server before continuing.

  4. Select Sync Groups under this subscription. (Figure 1:2)


    Figure 1: Select Sync Groups

    This enables both Get Started with Data Synchronization buttons in the right pane and the Create button in the ribbon.

  5. Click either of the Get Started with Data Synchronization buttons or Create in the ribbon.

     If you click either of the buttons under Get Started with Data Synchronization a tutorial walks you through the step-by-step process to create a sync group.
    If you click Create you create a sync group without the step-by-step walkthrough.
  6. Enter a unique and meaningful name for this sync group in the text box then press Enter. (Figure 2)


    Figure 2: Name the sync group

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Feedback

This release was provided in order to gather feedback from our customers. Now that you have previewed what the SQL Azure Data Sync team is doing, please let us know what you think of our direction, and tell us about your experiences. You can send us your thoughts in any of the following ways:

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See Also

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