Replacing a dead node
Steps to replace a node that has died for some reason, such as hardware failure.
You must prepare and start the replacement node, integrate it into the cluster, and then remove the dead node. If the node is a seed node, see Replacing a dead seed node.
Confirm that the node is dead using nodetool
The nodetool command shows a down status for the dead node (DN):
- Note the Address of the dead node; it is used in step 5.
- Install Cassandra on the new node, but do not start Cassandra.
Set the following properties in the
cassandra.yaml and, depending on the snitch, the
cassandra-rackdc.properties configuration files:
- auto_bootstrap - If this option has been set to false, you must set it to true. This option is not listed in the default cassandra.yaml configuration file and defaults to true.
- cluster_name - The name of the cluster the new node is joining.
- listen_address/broadcast_address - May usually be left blank. Otherwise, use IP address or host name that other Cassandra nodes use to connect to the new node.
- endpoint_snitch - The snitch Cassandra uses for locating nodes and routing requests.
- num_tokens - The number of vnodes to assign to the node. If the hardware capabilities vary among the nodes in your cluster, you can assign a proportional number of vnodes to the larger machines.
- seed_provider - The -seeds list in this setting determines which nodes the new node should contact to learn about the cluster and establish the gossip process.
- Change any other non-default settings you have made to your existing cluster in the cassandra.yaml file and cassandra-topology.properties or cassandra-rackdc.properties files. Use the diff command to find and merge (by head) any differences between existing and new nodes.
Start the replacement node with the replace_address option:
- Packaged installs: Add the following option to
- Tarball installs: Start Cassandra with this
$ sudo bin/cassandra -Dcassandra.replace_address=address_of_dead_node
- Packaged installs: Add the following option to /usr/share/cassandra/cassandra-env.sh file:
- If using a packaged install, after the new node finishes bootstrapping, remove the option you added in step 5.
Remove the old node's IP address from the cassandra-topology.properties or cassandra-rackdc.properties file