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This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a data mangler in London working for Dunnhumby

Project Houston CTP released - try it out with brentotweets

The SQL Azure team have just announced in their blog post CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” now available that their web based admin tool for SQL Azure (codenamed Houston) has just hit CTP release - you can hit it up on SLQ Azure Labs at The great thing about this? Its up on the web so as long as you have access to a SQL Azure server you can connect up and start playing (I'm making strong allusions here to my Some thoughts on PivotViewer and SQL Azure blog post earlier this week - let's hope that PivotViewer is the next SQL Azure Labs release).

One problem with that of course, you probably don't have a SQL Azure server however I do have one that you can jump onto if you wish. If you recall my December 2009 blog post TwitterCache now hosted on SQL Azure you'll know that I have hosted Brent Ozar's twitter cache up on SQL Azure and if you want to connect up here are the credentials:


server name
username ro
password r3@d0nly
database name brentotweets


Happy SQL-ing!!

2012-06-07 Update: All good things must come to an end - I have now shutdown this server. I hope it was useful to some of you in the two and a half years that it has been available.



Published Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:19 PM by jamiet

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Trent said:

I get a logon failure using this account. Please advise.

Failed to retrieve connection information. Try to login again.

Failed to establish a connection to the server. See inner exception for details.

Failed to connect to server

Login failed for user 'ro'.

July 21, 2010 11:25 AM

jamiet said:

I dunno what to tell ya. It works for me. Sorry!

July 21, 2010 11:42 AM

Sudeep Raj said:

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for sharing the credentials above. It was nice to have a peek in to SQL Azure.

July 21, 2010 11:43 AM

Sam Loud said:

Thanks for posting that up Jamie.  Interesting to have a look.

Thing is, whenever I'm doing anything remotely serious, I need the snappiness that you only get from client-side software, so I'd much rather use Management Studio connected to the Azure instance.

July 22, 2010 5:40 AM

Rodney Willis said:

Use "ro@lx49ykb7y5" as the username to fix the login error.

July 22, 2010 9:09 AM

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