Configuring Your Systems and Installing Greenplum

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Configuring Your Systems and Installing Greenplum

This chapter describes how to prepare your operating system environment for Greenplum, and install the Greenplum Database software binaries on all of the hosts that will comprise your Greenplum Database system. Perform the following tasks in order:

  1. Make sure your systems meet the System Requirements
  2. Setting the Greenplum Recommended OS Parameters
  3. (master only) Running the Greenplum Installer
  4. Installing and Configuring Greenplum on all Hosts
  5. (Optional) Installing Oracle Compatibility Functions
  6. (Optional) Installing Greenplum Database Extensions
  7. Creating the Data Storage Areas
  8. Synchronizing System Clocks
  9. Next Steps

Unless noted, these tasks should be performed for all hosts in your Greenplum Database array (master, standby master and segments).

You can install and configure Greenplum Database on virtual servers provided by the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) web service. For information about using Greenplum Database in an Amazon EC2 environment, see Amazon EC2 Configuration.

Important: Pivotal requires Greenplum Database segment mirrors in a production environment. Segment mirrors allow database queries to fail over to a backup segment if the primary segment becomes unavailable. For information about segment mirrors see "Overview of High Availability in Greenplum Database" in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.
Note: For information about upgrading Greenplum Database from a previous version, see the Greenplum Database Release Notes for the release that you are installing.