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This is the team blog for the Big Data Support team at Microsoft. We support HDInsight which is Hadoop running on Windows Azure in the cloud, as well as other big data features.
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How to pass Hadoop configuration values for a job on HDInsight
I came across the question a few times recently from several customers– "how do we pass hadoop configurations at runtime for a mapreduce job or Hive Query via HDInsight PowerShell or .Net SDK?" I thought of sharing the answer here with others who may run into the same question. It is pretty common...
13 Feb 2014
Structured vs Semi-structured Data
My name is Bill Carroll and I am a member of the Microsoft HDInsight support team. The majority of my working career has been spent on SQL Server, a relational database. Little did I think about it all these years, but relational databases are structured data. When we create a table we define the structure...
21 Jan 2014
How to add custom Hive UDFs to HDInsight
I recently had a need to add a UDF to Hive on HDInsight. I thought that it would be good to share that experience on a blog post. Hive provides a library of built-in functions to achieve the most common needs. The cool thing is that it also provides the framework to create your own UDF. I had a recent...
14 Jan 2014
Mount Azure Blob Storage as Local Drive
Gregory Suarez - MSFT
Gregory Suarez – 01/09/2014 I was recently working with a colleague of mine who submitted a MapReduce job via an HDInsight Powershell script and he needed a quick way to visually inspect the last several lines of the output after it had completed. He was looking for an easy and flexible way to...
9 Jan 2014
Getting started with Sqoop in HDInsight
My name is Farooq and I am with HDinsight support team here at Microsoft. In this blog I will try to give some brief overview of Sqoop in HDinsight and then use an example of importing data from a Windows Azure SQL Database table to HDInsight cluster to demonstrate how you can get stated with Sqoop in...
7 Jan 2014
Getting started with the HDInsight PowerShell tools and SDK
Hi, my name is Azim and I work on the Big Data Support Team at Microsoft. If you have had a chance to read an earlier post by Dharshana, you may have seen how we can submit Hive query using the HDInsight PowerShell tools. In this blog, we will cover some basics of the HDInsight PowerShell tools and SDK...
21 Nov 2013
Get Started with Hive on HDInsight
Hi, my name is Dharshana and I work on the Big Data Support Team at Microsoft. As covered in the earlier post by Dan from our team, HDInsight provides a very easy to use interface to provision a Hadoop cluster with a few clicks and interact with the cluster programmatically. In this blog post, we will...
11 Nov 2013
The HDInsight Support Team is Open for Business
Hi, my name is Dan and I work on the HDInsight Support Team at Microsoft. This week the Azure HDInsight Service reached the General Availability (GA) milestone and the HDInsight support team is officially open for business! Azure HDInsight is a 100% Apache compatible Hadoop distribution available...
1 Nov 2013
We’ll be at SQL Saturday BI Edition #237 in Charlotte, NC
We have several engineers attending and presenting at SQL Saturday BI Edition #237 this Saturday 10/19/2013 in Matthews, NC (Just down the road from Charlotte for those folks attending the PASS Summit ). Rick Hallihan and Bill Carroll will be presenting an overview of the Windows Azure HDInsight service...
18 Oct 2013
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