One of the great benefits of SQL Database, on top of its high availability, scalability, and familiar development model, is that SQL Database provides the great, same familiar development model that you know and love with SQL Server. This section looks at a couple of tools that help with the management of SQL Database.
The first tool is the familiar SQL Server Management Studio. SQL Server Management Studio from SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, and SQL Server 2012 can be used to access, configure, manage, and administer your SQL Database instances.
The key to using SQL Server Management Studio is supplying the proper login and server information. The server name is in the following format:
The server name is a fully qualified name that you use every time you connect to SQL Database, including connection strings. SQL Database supports only SQL Authentication, so your username is in the following format:
When logged in, SQL Server Management Studio provides the same great tool for working with your SQL Database environment that you are used to when working with SQL Server, as shown in Figure 31.1. In the Object Explorer windows, several of the nodes you typically use when working with SQL Server are not present when working with SQL Database, such as the Server Objects node and the Replication Node.