Creating a Hadoop Development Cluster in Azure

In my previous post on Hadoop I showed how you could easily deploy a cluster to run on Azure. What was missing was a way to efficiently use the cluster. You could always remote desktop to the Job Tracker and kick off a job but there are better ways. This post is about actually using…

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Command Line Access to Azure VMs – SSH

In a previous post I showed how to configure a service to allow for remote access using PowerShell Remoting. Another way of achieving the same goal is to use SSH. SSH is capable of more than just remote access – copying files and tunneling are a few of the extra features. I’ll show how to…

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Command Line Access to Azure VMs – PowerShell Remoting

Every so often I deploy a service to Azure which requires some sort of manual intervention during its execution. That typically involves issuing a few commands from the machine hosting the service or maybe even updating configuration files. The regular way to do this is to setup Remote Desktop on the service and connect to…

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Hadoop in Azure

Is it possible to deploy a Hadoop cluster in Azure? It sure is and setting one up is not difficult, here’s how you do it. Update: Microsoft has recently announced a new ‘Big Data’ strategy and Hadoop is an integral part of it. Microsoft will provide an optimized experience for Hadoop running on Azure and on…

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Sharing Folders in Azure

When multiple instances of an application need to share data in Azure they typically use Azure Storage or SQL Azure. Some legacy applications were written to use Shared Folders to exchange information between instances or in producer/consumer scenarios. Porting these applications to Azure present a challenge since Azure doesn’t natively support Shared Folders. One option…

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Deploying Java Applications in Azure

You have an existing Java application or are developing a new one and want to take advantage of the cloud? Azure is an attractive platform for deploying a variety of applications, including Java based apps. In Azure you simply upload your application and the plumbing is all put in place for you. No need to…

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