Parcel Configuration Settings

You can configure where parcels are stored on the Cloudera Manager Server host, the URLs of parcel repositories, the properties of a proxy server through which parcels are downloaded, and where parcels distributed to cluster hosts are stored.

Configuring Cloudera Manager Server Parcel Settings

Minimum Required Role: Cluster Administrator (also provided by Full Administrator)

  1. Use one of the following methods to open the parcel settings page:
    • Navigation bar
      1. Click the parcel icon in the top navigation bar or click Hosts and click the Parcels tab.
      2. Click the Configuration button.
    • Menu
      1. Select Administration > Settings.
      2. Select Category > Parcels.
  2. Specify a property:
    • Local Parcel Repository Path defines the path on the Cloudera Manager Server host where downloaded parcels are stored.
    • Remote Parcel Repository URLs is a list of repositories that Cloudera Manager checks for parcels. Initially this points to the latest released CDH 5 and CDH 6repositories, but you can add your own repository locations to the list. Use this mechanism to add Cloudera repositories that are not listed by default, such as older versions of CDH. You can also use this to add your own custom repositories. The locations of the Cloudera parcel repositories are , where product is a product name and version is a specific product version, latest, or the substitution variable {latest_supported}. The substitution variable appears after the parcel for the CDH version with the same major number as the Cloudera Manager version to enable substitution of the latest supported maintenance version of CDH.
      To add a parcel repository:
      1. In the Remote Parcel Repository URLs list, click the addition symbol to open an additional row.
      2. Enter the path to the repository.
  3. Click Save Changes.
You can also:
  • Set the frequency with which Cloudera Manager checks for new parcels.
  • Configure a proxy to access to the remote repositories.
  • Configure whether downloads and distribution of parcels should occur automatically when new ones are detected. If automatic downloading and distribution are not enabled (the default), go to the Parcels page to initiate these actions.
  • Control which products can be downloaded if automatic downloading is enabled.
  • Control whether to retain downloaded parcels.
  • Control whether to retain old parcel versions and how many parcel versions to retain
You can tune the parcel distribution load on your network by configuring the bandwidth limits and the number of concurrent uploads. The defaults are up to 50 MiB/s aggregate bandwidth and 50 concurrent parcel uploads.
  • Theoretically, the concurrent upload count (Maximum Parcel Uploads) is unimportant if all hosts have the same speed Ethernet. Fifty concurrent uploads is acceptable in most cases. However, if the server has more bandwidth (for example, 10 GbE, and the normal hosts are using 1 GbE), then the count is important to maximize bandwidth. It should be at least the difference in speeds (10x in this case).
  • The bandwidth limit (Parcel Distribution Rate Limit) should be your Ethernet speed (in MiB/seconds) divided by approximately 16. You can use a higher limit if you have QoS configured to prevent starving other services, or if you can accept the risk associated with higher bandwidth load.

Configuring a Proxy Server

To configure a proxy server thorough which data and parcels are downloaded to and uploaded from the Cloudera Manager Server, do the following:
  1. Select Administration > Settings.
  2. Click the Network category.
  3. Configure proxy properties.
  4. Enter a Reason for change, and then click Save Changes to commit the changes.

Configuring the Host Parcel Directory

To configure the location of distributed parcels:
  1. Click Hosts in the top navigation bar.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Select Category > Parcels.
  4. Configure the value of the Parcel Directory property. The setting of the parcel_dir property in the Cloudera Manager agent configuration file overrides this setting.
  5. Enter a Reason for change, and then click Save Changes to commit the changes.
  6. Restart the Cloudera Manager Agent on all hosts.

Configuring Peer-to-Peer Distribution of Parcels

Cloudera Manager uses a peer-to-peer service to efficiently distribute parcels to cluster hosts. The service is enabled by default and is configured to run on port 7191. You can change this port number, and you can disable peer-to-peer distribution.

To modify peer-to-peer distribution of parcels:
  1. Open Cloudera Manager and select Hosts > All Hosts > Configuration.
  2. Change the value of the P2P Parcel Distribution Port property to the new port number.

    Set the value to 0 to disable peer-to-peer distribution of parcels.

  3. Enter a Reason for change, and then click Save Changes to commit the changes.

Configuring user and group creation for Parcels

You can configure how the Cloudera Manager agent manages permissions when reading Parcels. There are two configuration parameters available and both are enabled by default.
  • Create Users and Groups for Parcels.

    This parameter determines whether Cloudera Manager creates users and groups for Parcels. This may not be desired if custom users and groups are being used, or if they are created externally.

  • Apply Permissions with respect to files installed by the parcels

    This parameter determines whether Cloudera Manager applies permissions for files installed by the parcels.

If you are using custom users and groups, or using LDAP-based users and groups, de-select the Create Users and Groups for Parcels parameter and select the Apply Permissions with respect to files installed by the parcels parameter.