Apache Cassandra™ 2.0

Replacing a dead seed node

Steps to replace a seed node.

Because Cassandra doesn't allow a seed node to be bootstrapped, additional steps must be performed when replacing a dead node. The methods presented in this topic augment the steps described in Replacing a dead node.


Choose the method that best suits your needs:

  • Method 1: Replace the node and then run nodetool repair.

    When you start the replacement node, Cassandra displays a warning stating that the node did not auto bootstrap. The warning is expected because Cassandra will ignore the auto_bootstrap properties of the replacement node when it's listed the seed node list.

  • Method 2: Use a different IP address for the replacement node.
    1. When starting the node, do not use the replace_address option.
    2. Add the replacement node's IP address to the cluster's seed list.
    Note: You don't have to remove the old seed address, no problems occur when a seed address exists for a node that isn't running.
  • Method 3: Before adding the replacement seed node:
    1. Remove the existing seed node's IP from the cluster's seed list.
    2. Perform a rolling restart of all the other nodes in the cluster to ensure the complete removal of the seed node from the gossip process.
    3. Add the new seed node and let it auto bootstrap.
    4. Add the replacement seed node's IP to all the node's seed lists.

      You do not need to restart the nodes.