Connecting to a shard in the shell and performing operations

In this recipe, we will connect to a shard from a command prompt, see how to shard a collection, and observe the data splitting in action on some test data.

Getting ready

Obviously, we need a sharded mongo server setup up and running. See the previous recipe, Starting a simple sharded environment of two shards, for more details on how to set up a simple shard. The mongos process, as in the previous recipe, should be listening to port number 27017. We have got some names in a JavaScript file called names.js. This file needs to be downloaded from the Packt website and kept on the local filesystem. The file contains a variable called names and the value is an array with some JSON documents ...

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