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From Ravi Mutyala <>
Subject Re: Bypass software install on hosts
Date Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:00:30 GMT
I used ambari to take over an existing cluster long time back. The trick
then was to configure ambari to install all software to dummy locations.
Again, this installs all rpms, just wont disturb you data and

Once the install is complete, you can use Rest API, and ambari
UI to reconfigure them to point to the right paths.

This obviously takes some downtime and reinstall of packages but data
should be intact.


On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 5:36 PM, Donald Hansen <>

> I'm wondering if I could maybe do something to the Ambari Agent code to
> skip the actual install and setup process and make it think that finished
> and report back to the server that it completed.
> Any thoughts on this? A more elegant solution would be cool, just trying to
> do a POC first.
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 10:54 AM, Donald Hansen <>
> wrote:
> > I'm curious if anyone has done any work towards or any workaround to
> > bypass things getting installed on the hosts. Basically I want to install
> > Ambari server and point it to some already setup hosts that have Ambari
> > Agent installed along with things like HDFS. I don't want Ambari to
> > reinstall or reset anything.
> >

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