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Elasticsearch: A Complete Guide by Saurabh Chhajed, Marek Rogoziński, Rafał Kuć, Bharvi Dixit

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Altering the default shard allocation behavior

In Elasticsearch Server Second Edition, published by Packt Publishing, we talked about a number of things related to the shard allocation functionality provided by Elasticsearch. We discussed the Cluster Reroute API, shard rebalancing, and shard awareness. Although now very commonly used, these topics are very important if you want to be in full control of your Elasticsearch cluster. Because of that, we decided to extend the examples provided in Elasticsearch Server Second Edition and provide you with guidance on how to use Elasticsearch shards awareness and alter the default shard allocation mechanism.

Let's start with a simple example. We assume that we have a cluster built of four nodes that looks ...

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