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Removing a Node from a Hadoop Cluster

The Hadoop in Real World team shows us the proper way to remove a node from a Hadoop cluster:

This post will list out the steps to properly remove a node from a Hadoop cluster. It is not advisable to just shut down the node abruptly.

Node exclusions should be properly recorded in a file that is referred to by the property dfs.hosts.exclude. This property doesn’t have default value so in the absence of a file location and a file, the Hadoop cluster will not exclude any nodes.

Read on for more information, including what happens if you simply turn off the node.

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