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Using the Database Manager from the Management Portal

Posted on 1 December, 2010

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.]

The Windows Azure Platform Management Portal allows you to manage all your Windows Azure platform resources from a single location – including your SQL Azure database; for more information about see Zane Adam's blog post.

One of the nuances of using the Management Portal, is that you need to set the pop-up blocker in IE to accept pop-up in this site so that the database manager could be launched. The database manager (formerly known as Project “Houston”) is activated when you click the Manage button in the ribbon bar for database administration in the Management Portal.


When you click the Manage button a new window (or tab) is opened for the database manager to start administration of your SQL Azure database. .

By default, Internet Explorer displays pop-ups that appear as a result of you clicking a link or button. Pop-up Blocker blocks pop-ups that are displayed automatically (without you clicking a link or button). If you want to allow a specific website to display automatic pop-ups, follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button clip_image003, and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, click Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
  3. In the Address of website to allow box, type the address (or URL) of the website you want to see pop-ups from, and then click Add.
  4. Repeat step 3 for every website you want to allow pop-ups from. When you are finished adding websites, click Close.

For more information about the Pop-up Blocker see: Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker: frequently asked questions.