New Features and Changes in Cloudera Altus Director

The following sections describe the new features and changes introduced in this release of Altus Director.

What's New in Altus Director 6.2.1

Altus Director 6.2.1 provides new features and supports new versions of CDH and Cloudera Manager.

Improved support for Cloudera repository mirrors

Altus Director supports the use of local mirrors for the repositories that host installation packages for Cloudera Manager and parcels for CDH.

Starting in Altus Director 6.2.1, Altus Director can be configured for alternative layouts with the following configuration properties:
  • lp.bootstrap.cmrepo.serverPackageUrlPattern. Pattern to match for the URL of a Cloudera Manager server package. Default: (.*)/RPMS/x86_64/cloudera-manager-server.*\\.rpm
  • lp.bootstrap.cmrepo.repoFilePath. Path to the yum repository definition for Cloudera Manager on the Cloudera Manager instance. Default: /etc/yum.repos.d/cloudera-manager.repo

Previously, Altus Director only supported only the expected layout for Cloudera Manager mirror repositories.

What's New in Altus Director 6.2

Altus Director 6.2 provides new features and supports new versions of CDH and Cloudera Manager.

Support for Cloudera Manager 6.2 and CDH 6.2

By default, Altus Director 6.2 installs Cloudera Manager 6.2 and CDH 6.2.

Altus Director 6.2 installs Java 8 with Cloudera Manager 6.2 and the CDH 6.2 instances.

You can use Altus Director 6.2 to install Cloudera Manager and CDH 5.7.x or later 5.x versions if you specify the product version and parcel repositories in the Altus Director configuration file.

When Altus Director 6.2 installs Cloudera Manager 5.7.x or a later 5.x version, Altus Director 6.2 installs Java 7 with Cloudera Manager and the CDH instances by default. You can configure the Java version that Altus Director 6.2 installs with Cloudera Manager 5.7.x or a later 5.x version. For more information about configuring the Java version for Cloudera Manager and CDH clusters, see Deploying Java on Cluster Instances.

Automatic Instance Groups

Director supports automatic instance groups that use instances in an EC2 Auto Scaling Group (ASG) or Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set (VMSS). Automatic instance groups typically launch faster and more reliably, and in some cases support new features not available in regular instances.

Director does not yet support changing the size of an ASG or VMSS in the cloud provider. You must continue to use Director's grow/shrink cluster updates if you need to change the size of an automatic instance group.

For more information about automatic instance groups, see Using Automatic Instance Groups.

Support for Azure Database for MySQL

You can use an Azure Database for MySQL instance for the Altus Director database and for the Cloudera Manager database and CDH component databases.

For more information about using Azure Database for MySQL, see Setting up Azure Database for MySQL.

Support for Additional Azure Instance Types

Azure’s Fsv2-series, Dsv3-series and Esv3-series VM sizes are now supported.

Proxy Support for Azure Instances

Cloudera Director can now provision Azure instances behind an HTTP proxy server.

Cloudera Manager Configuration Sync

Cloudera Altus Director has expanded how it monitors Cloudera Manager configurations and synchronizes them with Altus Director’s internal state. When Altus Director synchronizes with Cloudera Manager, the configuration values for Cloudera Manager, management services, and roles are copied back into the deployment template. The refreshed values are included in any subsequent export of the deployment. Sensitive values are stored as “REDACTED” so they are not exposed via the UI or in the exported configuration.

Cloudera Manager License Update

In addition to monitoring Cloudera Manager configurations, Altus Director monitors Cloudera Manager for license changes and reflects those as well. Users who need to update their existing Cloudera Manager license can do so without interruption, and users can now add usage-based billing on clusters that were initially set up with a trial license and later migrated to a full license.