New Data Science Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2016 Released

A Windows Server 2016 version of Microsoft Azure Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) is launched.

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Windows Server 2016 version of a new Microsoft Azure Data Science Virtual Machine is now available on Tuesday, through the Azure Marketplace for machine learning, deep neural network and data science projects.

In this version, you'll find new and upgraded tools such as Windows Server 2016 with Docker container support to run and design Windows containers, and Microsoft Office Pro-Plus with shared activation, including Excel, Word, OneNote and PowerPoint.

Highlights of new additions in this release:

  • Windows Server 2016 with Docker container support, to run and design Windows containers. Microsoft Office Pro-Plus with shared activation, including Excel, Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint.
  • Office Pro-Plus with shared activation on Windows Server 2016 DS VM

  • Unified support for Deep Learning on GPU or CPU-only based virtual machines. Earlier, Windows DSVM users had to install the GPU based deep learning capabilities via an extension script on the Windows Server 2012 version of the DSVM. With this release, we are pre-installing the GPU Nvidia drivers, CUDA toolkit 8.0, and cuDNN library in the image. Along with it, we have also installed the latest GPU versions (these will also work with CPU-only machines) of the following popular deep learning frameworks: Microsoft Cognitive toolkit (CNTK), TensorFlow, Mxnet.
  • preinstalled Nvidia GPU driver on Windows Server 2016 DS VM

  • Note: Compute GPUs based on NVidia Tesla K80 are offered as NC class virtual machines and are currently available in the South Central US, East US, West US 2, West Europe and South East Asia locations in Azure.
  • GPU Accelerated Neural Networks

  • An upgrade to latest Microsoft R Server 9.1. Major changes in this include cognitive models such as sentiment analysis & image featurizers as well as enterprise-grade operationalization with real-time scoring and dynamic scaling of VMs.

A new guide shows you how to manage client and server infrastructure challenges using the latest security and productivity technologies built into Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10.

Together, Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 allow you to protect against cyberattacks, boost productivity by streamlining access to data and apps, and enable developers to create and deploy apps that drive business.

You can download the guide over here.

Remote assistance on Android devices just got better with Microsoft Intune expands integration with TeamViewer, now allows utilizing all the features of TeamViewer, including chat, file transfer, and device details.

Intune and TeamViewer integration for Android

The TeamViewer Quick Support device application can be pre-installed through Intune for a streamlined device experience. Once installed, helpdesk team can start a remote assistance session with end users on Android devices, making it easier than ever to help users with training, support issues, or step-by-step walkthroughs of device or application usage.

In case, if TeamViewer application isn't installed, the Intune Company Portal will walk users through the process of installing TeamViewer Quick Support application during their first remote assistance session.

For additional details on using TeamViewer with Intue, check out this document.