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Azure Batch updates for May 2017

Published date: May 24, 2017

New and important Azure Batch capabilities are now available:

  • Low-priority VMs to enable compute at a fraction of the price (preview):
    • Low-priority VMs are allocated from surplus compute capacity and are available for up to an 80% discount, enabling certain types of workloads to run for a significantly reduced cost or allowing you to do much more for the same cost.
    • For more information, see the announcement, Batch documentation, and pricing details.
  • Metered-based licensing for graphics and rendering software with Azure Batch Rendering (private preview):
    • Seamlessly submit rendering jobs by using Autodesk’s suite of products with the agility, flexibility, and scalability of Azure compute.
    • For more information, see the announcement and the product page.
  • Support for built-in output file upload from pool nodes to Azure Blob storage:
    • ​Batch has always provided the built-in ability to download files by copying them from Azure Blob storage to the pool nodes via task resource files. Now there is built-in support to persist task output files to Blob storage. You can specify output files on a task.
    • Output file support is available only for pools that you create by using virtual machine configuration (not cloud service configuration).
    • For more information, see the Add a task to a job article.
  • Improved support for creating Linux VM users:
    • When you're specifying the user accounts to be created on each node in pool configuration, you can specify a UID and GID for Linux users.
    • For more information, see the Add a pool to an account article.
  • Improved task status reporting:
    • The execution info for a task now has a result property that indicates if the task succeeded or failed.
    • For more information, see the Get information about a task article.
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