Preparing a Hadoop Cluster Node for Ambari

Ambari Hadoop

The following are my notes on preparing a freshly installed Centos 6.5 for inclusion into a Hadoop cluster via Amabari.

The goal here is to get a system prepared so that when Ambari does its preliminary check before assimilation, there are no warnings.

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All of these steps assume you are logged in as “root”. If you aren’t, prefix the commands below with “sudo”.

1. Turn on the ssh server.
# service sshd start
# chkconfig sshd on


2. Update the system
# yum update

3. Turn off iptables
# service iptables stop
# chkconfig iptables off


4. Turn on Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd)
# service ntpd start
# chkconfig ntpd on


5. Turn off SELinux
# setenforce 0

In /etc/selinux/config set the SELINUX variable to “disabled”
SELINUX=disabled

6. Turn off Transparent Huge Pages (THP)
In /etc/grub.conf, append “transparent_hugepage=never” to the boot options, like so:

kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.32-573.7.1.el6.x86_64 ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_hdp1-lv_root rd_NO_LUKS KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rd_LVM_LV=vg_hdp1/lv_root rd_NO_MD SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel=auto rd_LVM_LV=vg_hdp1/lv_swap rd_NO_DM rhgb quiet transparent_hugepage=never

7. Disable IPV6
In /etc/sysctl.conf append the following lines ( or edit to the to match what is below, if they already exist):

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1

Then load the changes:

# sysctl -p

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