The Windows Azure HDInsight Service Preview has been upgraded and is now integrated with WindowsAzure.com

The HDInsight preview that was hosted on this site (hadooponazure.com) has moved to be a fully integrated, into the windowsazure.com portal. To learn more about the new HDInsight go here.

The service includes a number of enhancements and features ranging from simplified cluster deployment, performance & robustness upgrades, the ability to deploy a cluster of up to 40 nodes and more. A number of tutorials and walkthroughs are available here.

Here is quick walkthrough

1. To sign up, log into your Windows Azure account at http://www.windowsazure.com.  At the bottom of the portal, click on New (+).

2. Then click on DATA SERVICES followed by HDInsight.  Use the preview program link to navigate to sign up page.

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At the Preview features page, also accessible from https://account.windowsazure.com/PreviewFeatures/, click on try it now next to Azure HDInsight Preview. Please be warned that this might take up-to a few days.

Getting Started and more Learning Content

Overview presentation

https://github.com/WindowsAzure-TrainingKit/PRESENTATION-WindowsAzureHDInsight  download using the zip link.

Getting to Grips with using HDinsight Hands-on Lab

https://github.com/WindowsAzure-TrainingKit/HOL-WindowsAzureHDInsight/blob/master/HOL.md

MSDN Channel 9 Online Video Series

http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Getting-started-with-Windows-Azure-HDInsight-Service/

Learn the fundamentals of working with the HDInsight service.

Guidance: Introduction to the Windows Azure HDInsight Service
Guidance: What version of Hadoop is in Windows Azure HDInsight?
Guidance: HDInsight Interactive JavaScript and Hive Consoles
Tutorial: Get Started with the HDInsight Service
Tutorial: Using MapReduce with HDInsight
Tutorial: Using Hive with HDInsight
Tutorial: Using Pig with HDInsight
Tutorial: Connect Excel to Windows Azure HDInsight via HiveODBC
Tutorial: Simple recommendation engine using Apache Mahout   
Tutorial: Analyzing Twitter Data with Hive  
Tutorial: Using HDInsight to process Blob Storage data and write the results to a SQL Database

How To’s

How to: Administer HDInsight
How to: Monitor HDInsight
How to: Deploy an HDInsight Cluster Programmatically
How to: Execute Remote Jobs on Your HDInsight Cluster Programmatically