Using PowerShell Remoting for disk provisioning automation

Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets allow you to automate the construction of your infrastructure, typically creating and starting VMs, and attaching additional disks to expand the default storage configuration. This articles show a little recipe to also use Remote PowerShell to create and format a striped volume in the same script. Attaching disks The first thing…

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Advanced Cookie-based session affinity with Application Request Routing

As you probably know, the Windows Azure Platform has a built-in load-balancing service that you can typically use to create "farms" of Web servers for high availability and performance scale-out. You can find some detailed information on how to set this up in the Windows Azure documentation, like this article: Load Balancing Virtual Machines. One…

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Deploying Cloudera CDH on Windows Azure Virtual Machines using Cloudera Manager

Updated 3/20/2014 to use the latest version of the command-line tool. Introduction In this tutorial, I would like to show you how to install CDH, the Cloudera Hadoop distribution on Windows Azure Virtual Machines, using their automated installer and management toold called Cloudera Manager. For this tutorial, since we will be deploying the platform on…

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Uploading large files to Windows Azure Blob Storage using Python

In my last post, I shown some simple examples of uploading files to Blob Storage directly from the Linux command-line using the Windows Azure Python SDK. There is a limitation with this simple method: you cannot upload file larger than 64 MB without using a block-based upload approach, that will let you upload files up…

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How to interact with Windows Azure Blob Storage from Linux using Python

We have many Windows Azure SDKs that you can use on Linux to access Windows Azure Blob Storage and upload or download files, all hosted on GitHub. For example, you could write scripts in Python or Node.JS to upload files to Blob storage. If you just want to interact with Windows Azure Storage from the…

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Analyzing page view logs using Pig on Windows Azure HDInsight

In this article, I would like to take you through the steps to run your first Pig script on a significant dataset, using the new public preview of Windows Azure HDInsight, our distribution of Apache Hadoop made available as a service in the Cloud. The Dataset First, let’s discuss the dataset: I think Pig is…

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