Hadoop adventures with Microsoft HDInsight

What is HDInsight? 

HDinsight is the product name for Microsoft installation of Hadoop and Hadoop on azure service. HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100% Apache compatible Hadoop distribution, supported by Microsoft. HDInsight, available both on Windows Server or as an Windows Azure service, empowers organizations with new insights on previously untouched unstructured data, while connecting to the most widely used Business Intelligence (BI) tools on the planet.

It is available in two mode:

  • HDInsight as Cloud Service: Cloud Version running on Windows Azure
  • HDInsight as Local Cluster: A downloadable version to runs locally on Windows Server and Desktop


In this article we will see how to use HDInsight on local machine.


Where to get it?


What does Windows installer brings to your machine:



 After the installation is completed you will see the following applications are installed:

  1. Microsoft HDInsight Community Technology Preview     Version
  2. Hortonwoks Data Platform 1.0.1 Developer Preview       Version 1.0.1
  3. If you do not change the installed component, Python 2.7.3150 is also installed
  4. Java and C++ runtime is also installed as required in the machine



Once installer is completed you will see the following shortcuts are setup in your machine:


 Here is the list of shortcuts:

  1. Hadoop Command Line
  2. Microsoft HDInsight Dashboard
  3. Hadoop MapReduce Status
  4. Hadoop Name Node Status


By default the Hadoop is installed at C:\Hadoop as below:

If you launch the “Hadoop command Line” you will see the list of commands as below:

  • namenode -format     format the DFS filesystem
  • secondarynamenode    run the DFS secondary namenode
  • namenode             run the DFS namenode
  • datanode             run a DFS datanode
  • dfsadmin             run a DFS admin client
  • mradmin              run a Map-Reduce admin client
  • fsck                 run a DFS filesystem checking utility
  • fs                   run a generic filesystem user client
  • balancer             run a cluster balancing utility
  • fetchdt              fetch a delegation token from the NameNode
  • jobtracker           run the MapReduce job Tracker node
  • pipes                run a Pipes job
  • tasktracker          run a MapReduce task Tracker node
  • historyserver        run job history servers as a standalone daemon
  • job                  manipulate MapReduce jobs
  • queue                get information regarding JobQueues
  • version              print the version
  • jar <jar>            run a jar file


  • distcp <srcurl> <desturl> copy file or directories recursively
  • archive -archiveName NAME <src>* <dest> create a hadoop archive
  • daemonlog            get/set the log level for each daemon
  • or
  • CLASSNAME            run the class named CLASSNAME

Most commands print help when invoked w/o parameters.

Try checking the Version as below:


c:\Hadoop\hadoop-1.1.0-SNAPSHOT>hadoop version

Hadoop 1.1.0-SNAPSHOT

Subversion  on branch  -r

Compiled by jenkins on Wed Oct 17 22:28:56 PDT 2012

From source with checksum 80f5614dfb0743b569344f051a07b37d


 Now if you Launch “Microsoft HDInsight Dashboard” shortcut you will see the dashboard running locally as below:



Launching “Hadoop MapReduce Status” shortcut will give you the following info:



And Launching “Hadoop Name Node Status” shortcut you will see the following:



 So as you can see above, you do have Hadoop Cluster running on your local machine.

 Play with it a little more and my next article is coming with more info on this regard.

 Have fun with Hadoop!!




Comments (3)

  1. Arun says:

    Hi Avkash,

    Thanks for the useful information.

    HDInsight Preview version is not available under the web installer platform 4.0

    using below link:


    please provide your inputs and how to install this preview

  2. Venkat says:

    Wonderful information to start with

  3. Thee says:

    I am not seeing the HDinsight dashboard

    can you please help me

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