Guidelines for Snapshot Diff-based Replication
By default, Replication Manager uses snapshot differences ("diff") to improve performance by comparing HDFS snapshots and only replicating the files that are changed in the source directory.
While Hive metadata requires a full replication, the data stored in Hive tables can take advantage of snapshot diff-based replication.
To use this feature, follow these guidelines:
- The source and target clusters must be managed by Cloudera Manager 5.15.0 or higher.
- The source and target clusters run CDH 5.15.0 or higher, 5.14.2 or higher, or 5.13.3 or higher.
- Verify that HDFS snapshots are immutable.
In the Cloudera Manager Admin Console, go to Clusters > <HDFS cluster> > Configuration and search for Enable Immutable Snapshots.
- Do not use snapshot diff for globbed paths. It is not optimized for globbed paths.
- Set the snapshot root directory as low in the hierarchy as possible.
- To use the Snapshot diff feature, the user who is configured to run the job, needs
to be either a super user or the owner of the snapshottable root, because the
run-as-usermust have the permission to list the snapshots.
- Decide if you want Replication Manager to abort on a snapshot diff failure or continue the replication. If you choose to configure Replication Manager to continue the replication when it encounters an error, Replication Manager performs a complete replication. Note that continuing the replication can result in a longer duration since a complete replication is performed.
- Replication Manager performs a complete replication when one or more of the following change: Delete Policy, Preserve Policy, Target Path, or Exclusion Path.
- Paths from both source and destination clusters in the replication policy must be under a snapshottable root or should be snapshottable for the policy to run using snapshot diff.
- If a Hive replication policy is created to replicate a database, ensure all the HDFS paths for the tables in that database are either snapshottable or under a snapshottable root. For example, if the database that is being replicated has external tables, all the external table HDFS data locations should be snapshottable too. Failing to do so will cause Replication Manager to fail to generate a diff report. Without a diff report, Replication Manager will not use snapshot diff.
- After every replication, Replication Manager retains a snapshot on the source
cluster. Using the snapshot copy on the source cluster, Replication Manager performs
incremental backups for the next replication cycle. Replication Manager retains
snapshots on the source cluster only if:
- Source and target clusters in the Cloudera Manager are 5.15 and higher
- Source and target CDH are 5.13.3+, 5.14.2+, and 5.15+ respectively