Sample PowerShell Script: HDInsight Custom Create

This is a working script I use to create various HDInsight clusters. For a really reproducible, automated environment you would want to put this into a .ps1 script that accepts parameters (see here for an example). However, you may find the method below good for learning and experimenting. Replace all the “YOURxyz” sections with your…

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Your First HDInsight Cluster–Step by Step

Small Bites of Big Data from AZURECAT Big Data Tech Training Series #1 Cindy Gross | Murshed Zaman Sometimes it is just hard to get started. Have you been putting off your first foray into Hadoop? Are you not sure where to begin? Let’s get really basic. Prerequisites: Azure subscription (free trials available) Install Azure…

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PowerShell for Azure cmdlets: Subscription was all Wacky

I was working on some HDInsight scripts in PowerShell and doing lots of experimenting. I’m not sure what exactly I did but all of a sudden everything stopped working. With lots of interruptions from meetings and chats and lunch…. I couldn’t retrace my steps. Everything seemed to fail on the Azure subscription information so I…

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Interview with Julie Strauss–Microsoft BI WIT

Julie Strauss is a very accomplished and respected Senior PM at Microsoft. Her current role is technical assistant for Microsoft Data Platform Group (DPG) Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark. She has been the public face of Microsoft BI at conferences and helps deliver great technical content and data stories to the public. Julie loves to…

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HDInsight Big Data Talks from #SQLPASS

SQL PASS Summit 2013 was another great data geek week! I chatted with many of you about Big Data, Hadoop, HDInsight, architecting solutions, SQL Server, data, BI, analytics, and general geekiness – great fun! This time around I delivered two talks on Hadoop and HDInsight – the slides from both are attached. Zero to 60…

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Big Data Twitter Demo

Real-time. Social Sentiment Analysis. Twitter. Cloud. Insights. We have your Big Data buzzwords here! Everyone seems to want to incorporate social sentiment into their business analysis. Well we have the demo for you! Use it for a quick demonstration of what can be done and when the excitement goes through the roof, use it to…

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Access Azure Blob Stores from HDInsight

Small Bites of Big Data Edit Mar 6, 2014: This is no longer necessary for HDInsight – you specify the storage accounts when you create the cluster and the rest happens auto-magically. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cindygross/archive/2013/11/25/your-first-hdinsight-cluster-step-by-step.aspx or http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cindygross/archive/2013/12/06/sample-powershell-script-hdinsight-custom-create.aspx. One of the great enhancements in Microsoft’s HDInsight distribution of Hadoop is the ability to store and access Hadoop…

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Self-Service BI Works!

When I talk to people about adding self-service BI to their company’s environment I generally get a list of reasons why it won’t work. Some things I commonly hear: I can’t get anyone in IT or on the business side to even try it. The business side doesn’t know how to use the technology. This…

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HDInsight: Jiving about Hadoop and Hive with CAT

Tomorrow I will be talking about Hive as part of Pragmatic Work’s Women in Technology (WIT) month of webcasts. I am proud to be part of this lineup with all these stellar WITs! I encourage my fellow WITs to get more involved in your data community and if you don’t already do so start tweeting,…

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PASS BAC PREVIEW SERIES: SQL Professionals and the World of Self-service BI and Big Data

Are you excited about the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference? You should be! This conference will offer a wide range of sessions about Microsoft’s End to End Business Intelligence (including Self-Service BI), Analytics, Big Data, Architecture, Reporting, Information Delivery, Data Management, and Visualization solutions. Whether you are an implementer, a planner, or a decision maker…

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