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Securing Hadoop by Sudheesh Narayanan

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Setting up Kerberos

The first step in the process to establish a secure Hadoop cluster is to set up the Kerberos authentication and ensure that the Kerberos authentication for the Hadoop service principals are working for all the nodes on the cluster. To set up Kerberos, we establish a Kerberos Server (KDC) on a separate node and install the Kerberos client on all nodes of the Hadoop cluster as shown in the following figure:

Setting up Kerberos

The following figure illustrates the high-level steps involved in installing and configuring Kerberos. It also shows the various Kerberos utilities that are available.

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