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Windows Azure Development Storage with real SQL Server

I don’t have SQL Server Express, I’ve got the real deal. Development Storage for Windows Azure assumes you are using SQL Server Express with the instance name SQLEXPRESS.

Thanks to this article I now know that you just need to edit the config file for DevelopmentStorage.exe, which is usually located in C:Program FilesWindows Azure SDKv1.0binDevelopmentStorage.exe.config.

There are two spots to modify. The first is the connection string (XPath: /configuration/connectionStrings/add/@connectionString) and the second is the dbServer attribute of the Table service (XPath: /configuration/developmentStorgeConfig/service/service[@name=‘Table’]/@dbServer).

And then it will work. Enjoy!