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The Server Explorer is one of the few tool windows in Visual Studio that is not specific to a solution or project. It allows you to explore and query hardware resources and services on local or remote computers. You can perform various tasks and activities with these resources, including adding them to your applications.
The Server Explorer, as shown in Figure 9.1, has four types of resources to which it can connect out of the box. The first, found under the Azure node, gives you access to a few of the types of Azure components that you can create. More details about these components can be found in Chapter 27, “Windows Azure.” The second type of resources is under the Data Connections node and allows you to work with all aspects of data connections, including the ability to create databases, add and modify tables, build relationships, and even execute queries. Chapter 28, “Visual Database Tools,” covers the Data Connections functionality in detail. The third, under the Servers node, enables you ...