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Customize the AMS collector mode

You can change the mode of the metrics collector from the default, embedded mode to distributed mode.

Metrics Collector is built using Hadoop technologies such as Apache HBase, Apache Phoenix, and Apache Traffic Server (ATS). The Collector can store metrics data on the local file system, referred to as embedded mode, or use an external HDFS, referred to as distributed mode. By default, the Collector runs in embedded mode. In embedded mode, the Collector captures and writes metrics to the local file system on the host where the Collector is running.
When running in embedded mode, you should confirm that hbase.rootdir and hbase.tmp.dir have adequately sized and lightly used partitions. Directory configurations in Ambari Metrics > Configs > Advanced > ams-hbase-site are using a sufficiently-sized and not-heavily-utilized partition, such as: file:///grid/0/var/lib/ambari-metrics-collector/hbase. You should also confirm that the TTL settings are appropriate.
When the Collector is configured for distributed mode, it writes metrics to HDFS, and the components run in distributed processes, which helps to manage CPU and memory consumption. To switch the Metrics Collector from embedded mode to distributed mode:
  1. In Ambari Web, browse to Services > Ambari Metrics > Configs.
  2. Change the values of the following properties to the values shown in the following table:
    Table 1. AMS Config Properties
    Configuration Section Property Description Value
    General Metrics Service operation mode (timeline.metrics.service.operation.mode) Designates whether to run in distributed or embedded mode. distributed
    Advanced ams-hbase-site hbase.cluster.distributed Indicates AMS will run in distributed mode. true
    Advanced ams-hbase-site hbase.rootdir 1 The HDFS directory location where metrics will be stored. hdfs://$NAMENODE_FQDN:8020/apps/ams/metrics
  3. Using Ambari Web > Hosts > Components, restart the Metrics Collector.

    If your cluster if configured for a highly available NameNode, set the hbase.rootdir value to use the HDFS name service instead of the NameNode host name.


  4. Optionally, you can migrate existing data from the local store to HDFS prior to switching to distributed mode:
    1. Create an HDFS directory for the ams user.
      su - hdfs -c 'hdfs dfs -mkdir -p /apps/ams/metrics'
    2. Stop Metrics Collector.
    3. Copy the metric data from the AMS local directory to an HDFS directory.
      This is the value of hbase.rootdir in Advanced ams-hbase-site used when running in embedded mode.
      For example:
      su - hdfs -c 'hdfs dfs -copyFromLocal
      /var/lib/ambari-metrics-collector/hbase/* /apps/ams/metrics'
      su - hdfs -c 'hdfs dfs -copyFromLocal
      /var/lib/ambari-metrics-collector/hbase/* /apps/ams/metrics'
      su - hdfs -c 'hdfs dfs -chown -R ams:hadoop
    4. Switch to distributed mode.
    5. Restart the Metrics Collector.
If you are working with Apache HBase cluster metrics and want to display the more granular metrics of HBase cluster performance on the individual region, table, or user level, see .