Pre-trained AlexNet model for MicrosoftML's rxNeuralNet

The rxNeuralNet model in MicrosoftML package supports custom neural networks defined using the NET# language. We can use the NET# language to define a convolutional neural network. In this blog we will give a NET# definition string for the AlexNet model. The model is a direct conversion of the Caffe implementation. It’s worth noting that an R implementation of AlexNet is barely available at the time this…


How to export your Azure DevTest Labs usage data

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Roger Best, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. DevTest Labs recently released a feature that allows lab administrators to programmatically pull usage data from the lab(s) into a secondary Azure Storage account. Then those…


Concurrent business process flows in Dynamics 365

Applies to: Dynamics 365 The Fall 2016 release of Dynamics 365 introduces concurrent business process flows. This allows multiple processes to run concurrently against the same record, which enables very powerful real-world business scenarios. For example, while the Sales department is running a sales process with a customer, the Customer Service department might be helping…


"Microsoft Education on Tour’’ regional events at Microsoft Training Academies - NEW DATES ADDED!

We are pleased to confirm the dates for Microsoft in the Classroom events for this remainder of this academic year. Hosted by Microsoft Training Academies, these free events offer an exploration into how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A delightful day (or half day) that will leave you Inspired to use Microsoft technology in a whole new way!


Feature Engineering using R

Feature Engineering is paramount in building a good predictive model. It’s significant to obtain a deep understanding of the data that is being used for analysis. The characteristics of the selected features are definitive of a good training model. Why is Feature Engineering important? Too many features or redundant features could increase the run time complexity of…


Running MicrosoftML in SQL Server 2016

MicrosoftML is the new and exciting ML packages added to Microsoft R Server 9.0.1 which offers increased speed, performance and scalability, especially for scenarios like deep neural network with GPU acceleration and highly-dimensional categorical data. There has been some confusions on where to download MicrosoftML to get your hands on algorithms like rxFastLiner, rxFastTress and rxNeuralNet,…


Create WordPress using Web Apps on Linux

Web Apps on Linux(Preview) allows running web apps natively on Linux. WordPress is popular blogging platform primarily used on Linux distributions.  Today we have released WordPress for App Service on Linux in the Azure marketplace that helps you quickly create a WordPress application on Web apps (Linux) . This docker image enables you to run a…


11 ways to deploy R Server on HDInsight Cluster

In this article, we will discuss 11 possible ways to deploy R Server on HDInsight Cluster. Some of these ways will help in automating the cluster creation (using scripts). Majority of them are related to deployment using Azure Resource Manager Templates. ARM Templates are very useful and can be deployed in several ways. Here are the…


If you are still running Windows Server 2016 TP5…

John Marlin here again. I know it’s been a while, but it’s time to resurface. In my dealings with a lot of Beta and TAP Customers, there are still some that still are on Windows Server 2016 TP5. I am here to say it is getting time to go ahead and upgrade to the released…