Cassandra & DataStax Enterprise Essentials

Installing DataStax Community on Windows

Install Cassandra and OpsCenter web application on 32- or 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008.


Note: Windows 8 has not been tested.


  1. Download the Windows installer for your platform from Planet Cassandra.

    Choose either DataStax Community 2.1.x. or 2.0.x.

  2. Follow the DataStax Community setup wizard to install. During installation, accept the options to automatically start the services. This option starts the DataStax server, OpsCenter, and OpsCenter agent automatically when the installation completes (and whenever the computer reboots).
  3. Accept the option to launch immediately.


    OpsCenter is displayed.

  4. If you have trouble:
    • Check that the JAVA_HOME environmental variable points to either of the following (Cassandra requires Java 7):

    • If nodetool does not start:
      'nodetool' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
      operable program or batch file

      Run nodetool commands from the installation directory:

      $ cd \Program Files\DataStax Community\apache-cassandra\bin
      $ nodetool status
    • OpsCenter does not start up:
      1. Check that the Cassandra and OpsCenter services are running. If not, start them in the Control Panel.


      2. Check that the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package is installed. If not, download and install the package from Microsoft.
    • The OpsCenter Agent service takes a long time to stop, be patient. Manually stopping the OpsCenter Agent service takes time.
  5. To uninstall DataStax Community, use either:
    • The Uninstall DataStax Community Edition on the Start menu.
    • The Windows Uninstall a program feature on the Control Panel.

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