02. Installing & getting started with Cloudera QuickStart on VMWare for windows in 17 steps

Prerequisite: At least 12GB+ RAM (i.e. 4GB+ for operating system & 8GB+ for Cloudera), although 16 GB+ is preferred. 80GB Hard Disk. Cloudera runs on CentOS, which is the community edition of the Linux. Windows system must support 64-bit.

This post is obsolete with the newer version of Cloudera.

Install VMWare for Windows

Step 1: Download the VMWare player for Windows from https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free and then select VMWare Workstation Plyer. The URL used for this download is “https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation_player/14_0”.

Step 2: Install the downloaded VMWare by double clicking on the downloaded “.exe” file. Restart windows after installing.

VMWare workstation player

Install Cloudera for VMWare

Step 1: Download the Cloudera quickstart-vm for VMWare (e.g. cloudera-quickstart-vm-5.12.0-0-vmware) for Windows from “https://www.cloudera.com/downloads/quickstart_vms/5-12.html“.

Cloudera Quickstart forVMWare

Fill in the form and mark the purpose as self-learning, and download the “zip” file, which will take some time to download.

Cloudera quickstart VMWare zip file

Step 2: Extract the downloaded “cloudera-quickstart-vm-5.12.0-0-vmware.zip”.

Step 3: Open up the installed VMWare Workstation Plyer for non-commercial use to learn Cloudera.

Step 4: Open a virtual machine by selecting previously downloaded and extracted file “cloudera-quickstart-vm-5.12.0-0-vmware.vmx” as shown below.

Open existing Cloudera VM

Step 5: Click on edit settings and allocate at least “2 CPU Cores” and “8 GB” RAM. You need “4GB” RAM for the operating system and the remaining for the VM. You can find out your windows system info via start -> run and then type “msinfo32.exe”.

Minimum 2 cores and 8GB RAM

Step 6: Click on play.

Cloudera on VMWare

Step 7: Once it has started, you will see the following screen.

Cloudera Quickstart on VMWare

Step 8: Click on the Launch Cloudera Express.

Launch Cloudera Express

Step 9: Login to Cloudera Manager with “cloudera” and “cloudera” as username/password.

Cloudera Manager Login

Step 10: Start all the services.

Start Cloudera Services

Step 11: Start Hue, which is web interface for HDFS, HBase, Spark UI, Hive, etc.

Cloudera Services started and click on Hue

Step 12: Login to Hue with “cloudera/cloudera”. The HaDoop File System (i.e HDFS) is shown below.

Hue showing HDFS

Step 13: Logout of Hue and Cloudera Manager, and then shut down VM.

Logout & Shutdown the VM

What is next?

Upgrading Java version in Cloudera Quickstart

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