I was messing around with SQL Azure today and noticed a couple of things that are not supported compared to the regular version of SQL Server in regards to tables. I will list these in this post.

All the code has been tested against the following version of SQL Azure as returned by @@version

Microsoft SQL Azure (RTM) – 11.0.1892.4

Apr 24 2012 10:21:54 Copyright © Microsoft Corporation

1) Tables have to have a clustered index if you want to insert data into those tables

There is actually no problem creating a table without a clustered index (heap)

If you run this code

CREATE TABLE Test(bla uniqueidentifier default newid())

And then refresh and expand the tables folder, you will see the following

Now run the following


And here is the error

_Msg 40054, Level 16, State 1, Line 1

Tables without a clustered index are not supported in this version of SQL Server. Please create a clustered index and try again._

Adding a clustered index and running the insert again fixes this

CREATE CLUSTERED INDEX ix_Test_bla on Test(bla)


The problem is that until you try to insert data in your tables, you won’t see this error, at that point it might be too late and your application will fail

To list all the tables in your database without a clustered index, you can use this code

SELECT t.name 
FROM sys.tables t
					WHERE i.type_desc = 'CLUSTERED' 
					AND i.object_id = t.object_id )

BTW, temporary tables can be created without a clustered index, this runs without a problem

CREATE TABLE #bla(id int)

2) Global temporary tables are not supported

If you try to create the following global temporary table, you will get an error

CREATE TABLE ##bla(id int)

_Msg 40516, Level 15, State 1, Line 2

Global temp objects are not supported in this version of SQL Server._

I admit that I have only used a global temporary table once or twice in the last 10+ years or so, I don’t think this is a big deal

3) Select Into is not supported

You cannot use select into either in SQL Azure

SELECT * INTO Testb from Test

Here is the error

_Msg 40510, Level 16, State 1, Line 1

Statement ‘SELECT INTO’ is not supported in this version of SQL Server._

I don’t think this is a big deal either, sure you will have to list all the columns and create the table first before inserting, this could be a pain in the neck but it is not the end of the world

4) Newsequentialid() is not supported

Remember this table from before

CREATE TABLE Test2(bla uniqueidentifier default newid())

Try making that default newsequentialid() instead of newid()

CREATE TABLE Testb(bla uniqueidentifier default newsequentialid())

Here is the error message

_Msg 40511, Level 15, State 1, Line 1

Built-in function ‘newsequentialid’ is not supported in this version of SQL Server._

In this case, you will probably need to go with newid() instead of newsequentialid(), not a big change


Overall I don’t think that these are major issues and should be fairly easy to either change the design or change the code to get around these limitations in this version of SQL Azure

What do you think, big pain in the neck or no big deal?