Azure Data Science Virtual Machine release notes

In this article, learn about Azure Data Science Virtual Machine releases. For a full list of tools included, along with version numbers, check out this page.

See the list of known issues to learn about known bugs and workarounds.

2021-06-01

New image for Ubuntu 18.04.

Version: 21.06.01

Main changes are:

  • Docker is enabled by default
  • JupyterHub is using JupyterLab by default
  • Updated Python versions to fix CVE-2020-15523
  • Updated IntelliJ IDEA to version 2021.1 to fix CVE-2021-25758
  • Updated PyCharm Community to 2021.1
  • Updated TensorFlow to version 2.5.0

Removed several icons from desktop.

2021-05-22

New image for Windows Server 2019.

Selected version updates are:

Version: 21.05.22

Selected version updates are:

  • CUDA 11.1
  • Python 3.8
  • PyTorch 1.8.1
  • TensorFlow 2.5.0
  • Spark 3.1.1
  • Java 11
  • R 4.1.0
  • Julia 1.0.5
  • NodeJS 16.2.0
  • Visual Studio Code 1.56.2 incl. Azure ML extension
  • PyCharm Community Edition 2021.1.1
  • Jupyter Lab 2.2.6
  • RStudio 1.4.1106
  • Visual Studio Community Edition 2019 (version 16.9.6)
  • Azure CLI 2.23.0
  • Storage Explorer 1.19.1
  • AzCopy 10.10.0
  • Power BI Desktop 2.93.641.0 64-bit (May 2021)
  • Azure Data Studio 1.28.0
  • Microsoft Edge browser

Removed Firefox, Apache Drill and Microsoft Integration Runtime.
Dark mode, changed icons on desktop, wallpaper background change.
Enabled the image for use in a Gen2 virtual machine.

2021-05-12

New image for Ubuntu 18.04.

Selected version updates are:

  • CUDA 11.3, cuDNN 8, NCCL2
  • Python 3.8
  • R 4.0.5
  • Spark 3.1 incl. mmlspark, connectors to Blob Storage, Data Lake, CosmosDB
  • Java 11 (OpenJDK)
  • Jupyter Lab 3.0.14
  • PyTorch 1.8.1 incl. torchaudio torchtext torchvision, torch-tb-profiler
  • TensorFlow 2.4.1 incl. TensorBoard
  • dask 2021.01.0
  • VS.Code 1.56
  • Azure Data Studio 1.22.1
  • Azure CLI 2.23.0
  • Azure Storage Explorer 1.19.1
  • azcopy 10.10
  • Microsoft Edge browser (beta)

Added docker. To save resources, the docker service is not started by default. To start the docker service, run the following command-line commands:
sudo systemctl start docker

Note

If your machine has GPU(s), you can make use of the GPU(s) inside the containers by adding a --gpus parameter to your docker command.

For example, running

sudo docker run --gpus all -it --rm -v local_dir:container_dir nvcr.io/nvidia/pytorch:18.04-py3

will run an Ubuntu 18.04 container with PyTorch pre-installed and all GPUs enabled. It will also make a local folder local_dir available in the container under container_dir.

2020-02-24

Data Science Virtual Machine images for Ubuntu 18.04 and Windows 2019 images are now available.

2019-10-08

Updates to software on the Windows DSVM

  • Azure Storage Explorer 1.10.1
  • Power BI Desktop 2.73.55xx
  • Firefox 69.0.2
  • PyCharm 19.2.3
  • RStudio 1.2.50xx

Default Browser for Windows updated

Earlier, the default browser was set to Internet Explorer. Users are now prompted to choose a default browser when they first log in.