Getting Started Upgrading Cloudera Manager

Before you upgrade Cloudera Manager, you need to gather some information and review the limitations and release notes. Fill in the My Environment form below to customize your Cloudera Manager upgrade procedures. See the Collect Information section below for assistance in locating the required information.

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Collect Information

  1. Log in to the Cloudera Manager Server host.
    ssh my_cloudera_manager_server_host
  2. Collect the following information about your environment and fill in the form above. This information will be remembered by your browser on all pages in this Upgrade Guide.
    1. The current version of the Operating System:
      lsb_release -a

      Database parameters:

      cat /etc/cloudera-scm-server/
    2. Log in to the Cloudera Manager Admin console and find the following:
      1. The version of Cloudera Manager used in your cluster. Go to Support > About.
      2. The version of the JDK deployed in the cluster. Go to Support > About.

Preparing to Upgrade Cloudera Manager

  • You must have SSH access to the Cloudera Manager server hosts and be able to log in using the root account or an account that has password-less sudo permission for all hosts.
  • Review the following when upgrading to Cloudera Manager 5.x:
  • Review the following when upgrading to Cloudera Manager 6.x:
  • You should have already upgraded to a supported operating system before upgrading Cloudera Manager. See Upgrading the Operating System.
  • Install a supported version of the Java Development Kit (JDK) on all hosts. If you are upgrading to Cloudera Manager and CDH version 6.1 and higher, you can choose to install OpenJDK 1.8 instead of the Oracle JDK.
    There two options for JDK installation:
    • Manually install the Oracle JDK or OpenJDK on all hosts.
    • Manually install the Oracle JDK 1.8 on the Cloudera Manager host, and then select the Install Oracle Java SE Development Kit checkbox when prompted while running the Cloudera Manager Upgrade wizard.

    See Upgrading the JDK

  • If you plan to use Spark 2.2 using Cloudera Manager 5.x, you must install Oracle JDK 1.8 manually and configure the Java Home Directory property for all the hosts.
  • Review the Release Notes:
  • Review the Cloudera Security Bulletins.
  • Downtime for the cluster is not required to complete the Cloudera Manager upgrade.
  • Downtime for the cluster is not required to complete the Cloudera Manager upgrade; for services that contribute to Cloudera Navigator audits, lineage, or search, restarting the service is recommended but can be scheduled independently of the upgrade.
  • The embedded PostgreSQL database is not supported in production environment because downtime is required.
  • If you have previously installed Kafka 1.2, and are upgrading from Cloudera Manager 5.4 or lower, remove the Kafka CSD:
    1. Determine the location of the CSD directory:
      1. Select Administration > Settings.
      2. Click the Custom Service Descriptors category.
      3. Retrieve the directory from the Local Descriptor Repository Path property.
    2. Delete the Kafka CSD from the directory.
  • Upgrade Cloudera Manager using Tarballs is only supported for upgrades to 5.x and is now deprecated.
  • If your cluster uses Oracle for any databases, before upgrading from CDH 5 to CDH 6, check the value of the COMPATIBLE initialization parameter in the Oracle Database using the following SQL query: 
    SELECT name, value FROM v$parameter WHERE name = 'compatible'
    The default value is 12.2.0. If the parameter has a different value, you can set it to the default as shown in the Oracle Database Upgrade Guide.

Preparing to upgrade Cloudera Navigator

Cloudera Navigator is upgraded as part of the Cloudera Manager upgrade process. There are no additional steps required. However, to ensure that Navigator metadata is efficiently upgraded and the upgraded version performs well, make sure to check that Navigator Metadata Server is configured with the correct amount of Java heap. For information on how to determine the correct heap size and to change the heap size if necessary, see Estimating Optimal Java Heap Size for Cloudera Navigator