Get HDInsight Properties with PowerShell

Small Bites of Big Data from AzureCAT You’ve created your HDInsight Hadoop clusters and now you want to know exactly what you have out there in Azure. Maybe you want to pull the key information into a repository periodically as a reference for future troubleshooting, comparisons, or billing. Maybe you just need to get a…

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Getting Started with Azure PowerShell Cmdlets–Subscription Management

I’ve started using the Azure PowerShell cmdlets more often to manage virtual machines and HDInsight in Azure. Once you connect to a subscription everything just works. However, the initial steps to get one or more subscriptions configured to be used from your machine or understanding how to change subscription information on your machine can be…

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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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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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HDInsight: Hive Internal and External Tables Intro

Small Bites of Big Data Cindy Gross, SQLCAT PM HDInsight is Microsoft’s distribution, in partnership with Hortonworks, of Hadoop. Hive is the component of the Hadoop ecosystem that imposes structure on Hadoop data in a way that makes it usable from BI tools that expect rows and columns with defined data types. Hive tables can…

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Hurricane Sandy Mash-Up: Hive, SQL Server, PowerPivot & Power View

Small Bites of Big Data                      Authors: Cindy Gross Microsoft SQLCAT PM, Ed Katibah Microsoft SQLCAT PM Tech Reviewers: Bob Beauchemin Developer Skills Partner at SQLSkills, Jeannine Nelson-Takaki Microsoft Technical Writer, John Sirmon Microsoft SQLCAT PM, Lara Rubbelke Microsoft Technical Architect, Murshed Zaman Microsoft SQLCAT PM For my #SQLPASS Summit 2012 talk SQLCAT: Big Data…

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