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  • Blog Post: Automating HDInsight cluster creation with PowerShell

    If I have to do some work more than twice I like automating the process (or try to as much as I can). Recently, I became interested in spinning up my own HDInsight cluster in Windows Azure with some customization. Since it’s work and I had to spin up clusters more than once, I tried automating...
  • Blog Post: SQLCAT.Com - eBook Downloads

    As of September 1, 2013 we decided to remove SQLCAT.COM site and use MSDN as the primary vehicle to post new SQL Server content. This was done to minimize reader confusion and to streamline content publication. MSDN SQLCAT blogs already includes most SQLCAT.COM Content and will continue to be updated...
  • Blog Post: Access Azure Blob Stores from HDInsight

    One of the great enhancements in Microsoft's HDInsight distribution of Hadoop is the ability to store and access Hadoop data on an Azure Blob Store. We do this via the HDFS API extension called Azure Storage Vault (ASV). This allows you to persist data even after you spin down an HDInsight cluster and...
  • Blog Post: Hurricane Sandy Mash-Up: Hive, SQL Server, PowerPivot & Power View

    For my #SQLPASS Summit 2012 talk SQLCAT: Big Data – All Abuzz About Hive ( slides available to all | recording available to PASS Summit 2012 attendees ) I showed a mash-up of Hive, SQL Server, and Excel data that had been imported to PowerPivot and then displayed via Power View in Excel 2013 (using...
  • Blog Post: Helping to make Hadoop easier by going Metro!

    We are proud to announce that the community technology preview (CTP) of Apache TM Hadoop TM -based Services for Windows Azure (or Hadoop on Azure) is now available. As noted in on the SQL Server Data Platform Insider blog, the CTP is by invite only http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive...
  • Blog Post: What’s so BIG about “Big Data”?

    As announced during the PASS Summit 2011 Day One Keynote , we are diving deeper into the world of Big Data by embracing and contributing to the open source community and Hadoop. We’ve had a lot of good coverage on this topic with some examples below. Microsoft Expands Data Platform With...
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