Preparing each Node

Identifies major factors in preparing each node in your cluster.

Each node contributes to the cluster, so each must be able to run MapR and Hadoop software. Nodes must meet minimum requirements for operating system, memory and disk resources and installed software, such as Java. Including unsuitable nodes in a cluster is a major source of installation difficulty.

Table 1. Node Requirements
Component Requirements
CPU 64-bit
OS RedHat, Oracle Linux, CentOS, SUSE, or Ubuntu
Memory 8 GB minimum, more in production
Disk Raw, unformatted drives and partitions
DNS Hostname, reaches all other nodes
Users Common users across all nodes; passwordless ssh (optional)
Java Must run Java
Other NTP, Syslog, PAM

Use the subsequent sections as a checklist to make each candidate node suitable for its assigned roles. Once each node has been prepared or disqualified, install MapR software.