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From Teijo Holzer <>
Subject SOLVED: Bind the JMX port to a specific IP address/interface
Date Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:30:58 GMT

I was following this blog about running multiple nodes on the same host:

The main nuisance here was that there is no easy way to specify the host IP 
address for JMX to bind to, it would always bind to all interfaces. The 
'java.rmi.server.hostname' property did not work and I didn't want to pick 
different ports for all the different instances on the same host.

Also, I didn't want to create my own RMIServerSocketFactory with all the 
complexities associated with it, I was after a simple patch to the existing code.

I've fixed this by patching the default JVM RMI socket factory that is 
responsible for creating this server socket. It now supports the new 
'' property.

To get this to work, save the Java code below into a file named 

Compile and create jmx_patch.jar from it and place it into the cassandra lib/ 

You then need to add the following line to conf/

JVM_OPTS="$JVM_OPTS -Xbootclasspath/p:../lib/jmx_patch.jar"

This will then bind the JMX service only to address The 2 other 
random RMI listening ports will still bind to all interfaces, but that is fine 
as they always pick a free port anyway.

You can now run multiple cassandra instances on a single host with all the 
default ports intact (e.g. 8080 for JMX for all of them).




package sun.rmi.transport.proxy;

import java.rmi.server.RMISocketFactory;

public class RMIDirectSocketFactory extends RMISocketFactory {

     public Socket createSocket(String host, int port) throws IOException
	return new Socket(host, port);

     public ServerSocket createServerSocket(int port) throws IOException
	String jmx_host = System.getProperty("");
	String jmx_port = System.getProperty("");

	// Allow JMX to bind to specific address
	if (jmx_host != null && jmx_port != null && port != 0 && 
Integer.toString(port).equals(jmx_port)) {
	    InetAddress[] inetAddresses = InetAddress.getAllByName(jmx_host);
	    if (inetAddresses.length > 0) {
		return new ServerSocket(port, 50, inetAddresses[0]);

	return new ServerSocket(port);

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