Upgrading HDP 2.5 to 2.6

This blog post explains how an express upgrade from HDP 2.5 to HDP 2.6 has been done.

I have a HDP 2.5 cluster on AWS, Ubuntu 14.04 is running on all instances. My metadata database of choice is MySql 5.6.

Prior to upgrading HDP, Ambari has to be upgraded to 2.5. An upgrade from Ambari 2.4 to 2.5 is described here.

Backup databases

Do a backup of all databases that are storing metadata for services installed in HDP.

Example of backing up Hive metadata:
On the server where Hive metastore database is, create a backup folder

mkdir /home/ubuntu/hive-backup

Dump the database into a file (enter password when prompted):

mysqldump -u hive -p hive > /home/ubuntu/hive-backup/hive.mysql

Backup namenode files

Create backup directory


Backup a complete block map of the file system

sudo -u hdfs hdfs fsck / -files -blocks -locations > /home/ubuntu/hdp25-backup/dfs-old-fsck-1.log

Create a list of all the DataNodes in the cluster

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfsadmin -report > /home/ubuntu/hdp25-backup/dfs-old-report-1.log

Capture the complete namespace of the file system

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfs -ls -R / > /home/ubuntu/hdp25-backup/dfs-old-lsr-1.log

Go into safemode

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfsadmin -safemode enter


Safe mode is ON

Save namespace

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfsadmin -saveNamespace


Save namespace successful

Copy the checkpoint files located in ${dfs.namenode.name.dir}/current into a backup directory

sudo cp /hadoop/hdfs/namenode/current/fsimage_0000000000000485884 hdp25-backup/
sudo cp /hadoop/hdfs/namenode/current/fsimage_0000000000000485884.md5 hdp25-backup/

Store the layoutVersion for the NameNode

sudo cp /hadoop/hdfs/namenode/current/VERSION hdp25-backup/

Take the NameNode out of Safe Mode

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfsadmin -safemode leave

Finalize any prior HDFS upgrade

sudo -u hdfs hdfs dfsadmin -finalizeUpgrade


Finalize upgrade successful

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