This is the documentation for Cloudera Manager 5.1.x. Documentation for other versions is available at Cloudera Documentation.

Configuring Cloudera Manager Agents

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Cloudera Manager Agents can be configured globally using properties you set in the Cloudera Manager Admin Console and by setting properties in individual Agent configuration files.

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Configuring Agent Heartbeat and Health Status Options

You can configure the Cloudera Manager Agent heartbeat interval and timeouts to trigger changes in Agent health as follows:

  1. Select Administration > Settings.
  2. Under the Performance category, set the following option:
    Property Description
    Send Agent Heartbeat Every The interval in seconds between each heartbeat that is sent from Cloudera Manager Agents to the Cloudera Manager Server.

    Default: 15 sec.

  3. Under the Monitoring category, set the following options:
    Property Description
    Set health status to Concerning if the Agent heartbeats fail The number of missed consecutive heartbeats after which a Concerning health status is assigned to that Agent.

    Default: 5.

    Set health status to Bad if the Agent heartbeats fail The number of missed consecutive heartbeats after which a Bad health status is assigned to that Agent.

    Default: 10.

  4. Click Save 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. 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.
  4. Click Save Changes to commit the changes.

Agent Configuration File

The Cloudera Manager Agent supports different types of configuration options in the /etc/cloudera-scm-agent/config.ini file. You must update the configuration on each host.
Property Description
server_host, server_port, listening_port, listening_hostname, listening_ip Hostname and ports of the Cloudera Manager Server and Agent and IP address of the Agent. Also see Configuring Cloudera Manager Server Ports and Ports Used by Cloudera Manager.

The Cloudera Manager Agent configures its hostname automatically. However, if your cluster hosts are multi-homed (that is, they have more than one hostname), and you want to specify which hostname the Cloudera Manager Agent uses, you can update the listening_hostname property. If you want to specify which IP address the Cloudera Manager Agent uses, you can update the listening_ip property in the same file.

To have a CNAME used throughout instead of the regular hostname, an Agent can be configured to use listening_hostname=CNAME. In this case, the CNAME should resolve to the same IP address as the IP address of the hostname on that machine. Users doing this will find that the host inspector will report problems, but the CNAME will be used in all configurations where that's appropriate. This practice is particularly useful for users who would like clients to use instead of In this case, namenode.mycluster would be a CNAME for machine1234.mycluster, and the generated client configurations (and internal configurations as well) would use the CNAME.

log_file The path to the Agent log file. If the Agent is being started via the init.d script, /var/log/cloudera-scm-agent/cloudera-scm-agent.out will also have a small amount of output (from before logging is initialized).

Default: /var/log/cloudera-scm-agent/cloudera-scm-agent.log.

lib_dir Directory to store Cloudera Manager Agent state that persists across instances of the agent process and system reboots. The agent's UUID is stored here.

Default: /var/lib/cloudera-scm-agent.

parcel_dir Directory to store unpacked parcels.

Default: /opt/cloudera/parcels.

max_collection_wait_seconds Maximum time to wait for all metric collectors to finish collecting data.

Default: 10 sec.

metrics_url_timeout_seconds Maximum time to wait when connecting to a local role's web server to fetch metrics.

Default: 30 sec.

task_metrics_timeout_seconds Maximum time to wait when connecting to a local TaskTracker to fetch task attempt data.

Default: 5 sec.

use_tls,verify_cert_file, client_key_file, client_keypw_file, client_cert_file Security-related configuration. See
mgmt_home Directory to store Cloudera Management Service files.

Default: /usr/share/cmf.

cloudera_mysql_connector_jar, cloudera_oracle_connector_jar, cloudera_postgresql_jdbc_jar Location of JDBC drivers. See Cloudera Manager and Managed Service Databases.
  • MySQL - /usr/share/java/mysql-connector-java.jar
  • Oracle - /usr/share/java/oracle-connector-java.jar
  • PostgreSQL - /usr/share/cmf/lib/postgresql-version-build.jdbc4.jar
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