Master nodes provide optimized stability and performance for Explore clusters and are required for clusters with six or more nodes. A master node is dedicated to cluster management tasks and does not store records. This guide provides guidelines for adding three master nodes to new and existing clusters with six or more data nodes.
|Important:||If your Explore cluster contains fewer than six nodes, you do not need to configure master nodes.|
Master nodes are virtual appliances with reduced resource specifications. Explore clusters typically require that all nodes match in both appliance type (virtual or physical) and size (resource specifications). However, master nodes are the exception: a virtual master node can be added to a cluster that has physical nodes and different resource specifications. Your data-only nodes should still match.
Depending on your virtual implementation, download the package or instance associated with the smallest Explore node and modify the disk size to match the specifications listed below.
|Important:||For VMware and KVM deployments, you must delete the data disk that is preconfigured in the package and then add a new 12 GB disk before first boot.|
|Type||vCPUs||RAM||Boot Disk||Data Disk||Network||Size|
|AWS||4||8 GB||4 GB||25 GB||1 management vNIC||m5.xlarge|
|Azure||4||8 GB||4 GB||25 GB||1 management vNIC||Standard_F4s_v2|
|Hyper-V||4||8 GB||4 GB||12 GB||1 management vNIC||EXA-Hyper-V Package|
|KVM||4||8 GB||4 GB||12 GB||1 management vNIC||5100v Extra-Small Package|
|VMware||4||8 GB||4 GB||12 GB||1 management vNIC||5100v Extra-Small Package|