Preparing Clusters for Table Replication

Preparing clusters for table replication includes configuring gateways on destination clusters, configuring the mapr-clusters.conf file on the source cluster, and, if the clusters are secure, setting up secure communications between the clusters. After you prepare the clusters for table replication, you can setup replication between tables.

Before You Begin

The following topics identify concepts and tasks that you need to do before setting up your environment for table replication.

  • Plan which replication topology you want to use. For information about the various topologies, see Supported replication topologies.
  • In general, if you are replicating tables, you should store them in their own volumes to avoid overlap with volume mirroring. Otherwise, if a source volume fails, you may have a scenario where a table in a promoted mirror lags behind the table's replica.

    For example, suppose /vol mirrors to /vol.mirror and contains a table srcTab that replicates to /replVol/replTab. If /vol fails, /vol.mirror/srcTab may lag /replVol/replTab when /vol.mirror is promoted.

  • Ensure that your user ID has the readAce permission on the volume where the source tables are located and the writeAce permission on the volumes where the replicas are located. For information about how to set permissions on volumes, see Setting Whole Volume ACEs
  • Ensure that you have administrative authority on the clusters that you plan to use.
  • If you upgraded your source cluster from a previous version of MapR, enable table replication by running this maprcli command: maprcli cluster feature enable -name
  • Depending on your use case, replication requires the installation of gateways and may also require the HBase client. For more information about installation requirements, see Service Layout Guidelines for Replication

Setting Up Table Replication

The following steps show how to set up your environment for table replication including setup for secure clusters.

  1. In the mapr-clusters.conf file on every node in your source cluster, add an entry that lists the CLDB nodes that are in the destination cluster. This step is required so that the source cluster can communicate directly with the destination cluster's CLDB nodes. See the topic "mapr-clusters.conf” for the format to use for the entries.
  2. On the destination cluster, configure gateways through which the source cluster will send updates to the destination cluster. See Configuring Gateways for Table and Stream Replication.
  3. If your clusters are secure, configure each cluster so that you can access them all from one cluster. This way, you need not log into each secure cluster separately and run maprcli commands locally on them. See Configuring Secure Clusters for Running Commands Remotely for more information.
  4. If your clusters are secure, add a cross-cluster ticket to the source cluster, so that it can replicate data to the destination cluster. See Configuring Secure Clusters for Cross-Cluster Mirroring and Replication.
  5. Optional: If your clusters are secure, configure your source cluster so that you can use the MapR Control System (MCS) to set up and administer table replication from the source to the destination cluster.
    These steps make it convenient to use MCS for setting up and managing replication involving two secure clusters. However, before following them, perform these prerequisite tasks.
    • Ensure that both clusters are managed by the same team or group. The UIDs and GIDs of the users that are able to log in to MCS on the source cluster must exactly match their UIDs and GIDs on the destination cluster. This restriction applies only to access to both clusters through MCS, and does not apply to access to both clusters through the maprcli. If the clusters are managed by different teams or groups, use the maprcli instead of MCS to set up and manage table replication involving two secure clusters.
    • Ensure that the proper file-system and table permissions are in place on both clusters. Otherwise, any user who can log into MCS and has the same UID or GID on the destination cluster will be able to set up replication either from the source cluster to the destination cluster or vice versa. A user could create one or more tables on the destination cluster, enable replication to them from the source cluster, load the new tables with data from the source cluster, and start replication. A user could also create tables on the source cluster, enable replication to them from tables in the destination cluster, load the new tables with data from the destination cluster, and start replication.
    1. On the source cluster, generate a service ticket by using the maprlogin command:
      maprlogin generateticket -type service -cluster <destination cluster>
      -user mapr -duration <duration> -out <output folder>

      Where -duration is the length of time before the ticket expires. You can specify the value in either of these formats:

      • [Days:]Hours:Minutes
      • Seconds
    2. To every node of the source cluster, add the service ticket to the file /opt/mapr/conf/mapruserticket file that was created when you secured the source cluster:
      at <path and filename of the service ticket> >> /opt/mapr/conf/mapruserticket
    3. Restart the web server by running the maprcli node services command. For the syntax of this command, see node services.
    4. Add the following two properties to the core-site.xml file. For Hadoop 2.7.0, edit the file /opt/mapr/hadoop/hadoop-2.7.0/etc/hadoop/core-site.xml.