Create a cluster

On AWS, use the install_vertica script to combine instances and create a cluster.

On AWS, use the install_vertica script to combine instances and create a cluster. Check your My Instances page on AWS for a list of current instances and their associated IP addresses. You need these IP addresses when you run install_vertica.

Create a cluster as follows:

  1. While connected to your primary instance, enter the following command to combine your instances into a cluster. Substitute the IP addresses for your instances and include your root *.pem file name.

    $ sudo /opt/vertica/sbin/install_vertica --hosts,, \
      --dba-user-password-disabled --point-to-point --data-dir /vertica/data \
      --ssh-identity ~/name-of-pem.pem --license license.file
  2. After combining your instances, Vertica recommends deleting your *.pem key from your cluster to reduce security risks. The example below uses the shred command to delete the file:

    $ shred name-of-pem.pem
  3. After creating one or more clusters, create your database or connect to Management Console on AWS.

For complete information on the install_vertica script and its parameters, see Install Vertica with the installation script.

Check open ports manually using the netcat utility

Once your cluster is up and running, you can check ports manually through the command line using the netcat (nc) utility. What follows is an example using the utility to check ports.

Before performing the procedure, choose the private IP addresses of two nodes in your cluster.

The examples given below use nodes with the private IPs:

Install the nc utility on your nodes. Once installed, you can issue commands to check the ports on one node from another node.

To check a TCP port:

  1. Put one node in listen mode and specify the port. The following sample shows how to put IP into listen mode for port 480
[root@ip-10-0-11-60 ~]# nc -l 4804
  1. From the other node, run nc specifying the IP address of the node you just put in listen mode, and the same port number.
[root@ip-10-0-11-61 ~]# nc 4804
  1. Enter sample text from either node and it should show up on the other node. To cancel after you have checked a port, enter Ctrl+C.

    [root@ip-10-0-11-60 ~]# nc -u -l 4804
    [root@ip-10-0-11-61 ~]# nc -u 4804