Best Practice Rules Reference 

Reference of available rules in the Best Practice Service.

Reference of available rules in the Best Practice Service organized in alphabetical order by each Advisor section.

Backup Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Auto Snapshot not enabled Checks to make sure auto snapshot isn't turned off in production. High Node Daily Info
Auto snapshot is not enabled and can lead to data loss on truncation or drop. Please update your cassandra.yaml to enable auto_snapshot and prevent data loss.
Tip: Use LCM Config Profiles to enable auto_snapshot in the Snapshots section of cassandra.yaml. The auto_snapshot setting is enabled by default in LCM config profiles.
Commit Log Archiving Setting Enabled Consistency
Note: This rule is available in OpsCenter versions 6.1 and later.
Commit Log Archiving has been turned off due to inconsistent settings for all nodes in the cluster. High Node, Cluster Hourly Alert
Commit Log Archiving is not enabled for all nodes within the cluster, which can result in data loss when performing a Point-in-Time restore. Turn Commit Log Archiving on again so that all nodes in the cluster have the enabled setting consistent for Commit Log Archiving.

Config Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Repair service not enabled Verifies that the repair service is enabled. High Cluster Daily Info
Running regular repair ensures data consistency across a cluster. Enable the repair service.
Repair service not configured correctly Verifies that the repair service is configured correctly for your cluster. For more information, see basic, advanced, and expert repair configuration. High Cluster Daily Info
It is recommended to enable the OpsCenter repair service to run within the smallest gc_grace window configured on your cluster.
Security not enabled for DataStax agents Checks that OpsCenter authentication is enabled in conjunction with SSL between daemon and agent. High Cluster Daily Alert
Please enable SSL for communicating with agents.
Swap space is enabled Checks that you do not have swap space enabled on any node. Swap space should not be used in a production environment. Medium Node Daily Alert
Please disable swap space.
Seed node configuration In each DC, there should be at least two seed nodes present, if there are at least two nodes present in the DC. IPs should be used rather than hostnames. All nodes should have the same seed list. Low Node, Cluster Daily Alert
To correct this, please use the same seed list of IPs on all nodes.
Tip: If using LCM, adjust the seed nodes in the appropriate LCM Config Profile.

Network Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Different Listen and RPC Addresses Checks that if there are multiple network interfaces that Cassandra has been configured to use separate networks for listen and rpc address.
Note: When the listen_address field in cassandra.yaml file is left blank, OpsCenter agents default to the same listen address as DSE in OpsCenter version 6.1.2 and later.
Medium Node Daily Info
Multiple networks have been detected but you are using the same network for client and internal customer communication.

OpsCenter Config Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
OpsCenter Failover Enabled DataStax recommends configuring OpsCenter failover for high availability. Low OpsC Daily Alert
There is no backup OpsCenter configured. Please enable failover for OpsCenter.

OS Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Clocks in cluster out of sync Checks that clocks across the cluster are in sync within a 2 second tolerance. High Node, Cluster Daily Alert
The total drift across cluster exceeds the tolerance of 2 seconds; please sync clocks on your nodes.
Warning: Clock drift can cause issues when LCM attempts to generate SSL certificates. Keeping clocks synchronized is critical to ensure accurate timestamps for database operations and logging.
Cassandra-user and agent-user match Checks that cassandra and agent are run as the same user. High Node Daily Alert
Cassandra and agent are not run as the same user. Please ensure that Cassandra and agent are run as the same user.
Clocks in UTC Checks that clocks across the nodes are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Low Node Daily Alert
All the nodes are not in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Please ensure that all nodes are in UTC.
Require Oracle Java Checks to make sure that Oracle Java is being used on the node. Medium Node Daily Alert
Unsupported JDK is in use on the node. Oracle/Sun Hotspot JDK is the preferred JDK to use and well-tested in DataStax Enterprise. Switch to Oracle Hotspot JDK if you're currently using OpenJDK (as the default Java environment coming from the Linux OS).
Tip: Use LCM Config Profiles to manage Java installations.

Performance Advisor 

Rules for read and write to node performance (Performance Advisor not to be confused with the Performance Services).
Tip: Use LCM Config Profiles to adjust request timeout settings in cassandra.yaml settings and run a configuration job.
Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Read request timeout not optimal Checks that the read request timeout on your nodes is not set above recommended values. Medium Node Daily Alert
Significantly increasing the read request timeout on your nodes is not recommended. Please update cassandra.yaml on your nodes and lower the value of read_request_timeout_in_ms.
Write request timeout not optimal Checks that the write request timeout on your nodes is not set above recommended values.
Significantly increasing the write request timeout on your nodes is not recommended. Please update cassandra.yaml on your nodes and lower the value of write_request_timeout_in_ms.
Range request timeout not optimal Checks that the range request timeout on your nodes is not set above recommended values. Medium Node Daily Alert
Significantly increasing the range request timeout on your nodes is not recommended. Please update cassandra.yaml on your nodes and lower the value of range_request_timeout_in_ms.

Performance Service - Slow Queries Advisor 

For more information, see Slow Queries in the Performance Service.
Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Use prepared statements Prepared statements reduce the workload on the coordinator by removing the overhead of parsing the query. Medium Cluster Hourly Info
Use prepared statements for your queries.
Avoid ALLOW FILTERING Checks that ALLOW FILTERING is not used in queries. Medium Cluster Hourly Info
ALLOW FILTERING causes a query to scan all data within a token range, which might be desired with analytic workloads but is not recommended for non-analytic workloads. ALLOW FILTERING can cause long running queries and consume excessive system resources. If using ALLOW FILTERING outside of an analytics workload, please consider a new data model based on the query pattern instead.
Avoid using large batches Using large batches seems like an optimization but doing so puts extra load on the coordinator, which can cause hotspots in the cluster. Queries run faster after breaking large batches into individual queries and distributing them to different nodes. Medium Cluster Hourly Info
Break the batches into individual queries and distribute them to different nodes.
Use counter instead of count A count(*) query can be expensive, even with smaller limits. Medium Cluster Hourly Info
Replace the logic with a counter you maintain.
Minimize keys in IN clause Huge IN clauses give the impression of a singular query but the clauses actually execute as multiple queries. Medium Cluster Hourly Info
Make individual async queries distributed amongst more coordinators.

Performance Service - Table Metrics Advisor 

For more information, see Table Metrics in the Performance Service.
Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Wide partitions Checks for excessively wide partitions. Excessively wide partitions have a negative impact on performance and are not recommended. A partition is considered to be wide when the size is greater than 100 MB. Low Node, Cluster Hourly Alert
Excessively wide partitions have a negative impact on performance and are not recommended. Consider remodeling your data to break up wide partitions.
Secondary indexes cardinality Checks for secondary indexes with too many distinct values. Low Node, Cluster Hourly Alert
High-cardinality secondary indexes can have a negative impact on system performance. Consider denormalizing the indexed data.
Tombstone count Number of tombstones processed during reads. Low Node, Cluster Hourly Alert
Too many tombstones can cause a degradation of performance. This can even lead to query failures.
Compaction Strategy The compaction strategy you use should be based on your data and environment. This Best Practice rule is set to run so that you are aware of the importance of choosing a compaction strategy. If you have already chosen the correct compaction strategy based on your environment, please disable this rule if you do not want to see a reminder about compaction strategy again. Low Cluster Hourly Alert
Choose the compaction strategy that best fits your data and environment.

Performance Service - Thread Pools Advisor 

For more information, see Thread Pool Statistics in the Performance Service.
Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Read Stage Number of pending reads. Low Node Hourly Alert
Too many pending reads, which could be related to disk problems, poor tuning, or cluster overload. Consider adding new nodes, tuning the system, and revisiting your data model. If not CPU or IO bound, try increasing concurrent_reads.
Mutation Stage Number of pending mutations. Low Node Hourly Alert
Too many pending mutations; which could be related to disk problems, poor tuning, or cluster overload. Please consider adding new nodes, tuning the system, and revisiting your data model. If not CPU or IO bound, try increasing concurrent_writes.
ReplicateOnWriteStage Stress Be careful when using CL.ONE counter increments because it has an async task, which involves a read, kicked off to run after the increment is completed. Too many processes in this pool will begin to block writes. Medium Node Hourly Info
Reduce the use of CL.ONE counter increments or upgrade to Cassandra 2.1 or higher.

Replication Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Replication factor out of bounds Checks that your cluster does not have a replication factor higher than it can support. Info Cluster Daily Info
Lists keyspaces that have a total RF higher than the number of nodes. Please update the replication factor for the appropriate keyspaces, or add additional nodes to your cluster.
SimpleSnitch usage found Checks to make sure SimpleSnitch isn't used in production. Medium Node Daily Info
SimpleSnitch is not recommended for production clusters because it does not recognize datacenter or rack information. Please update the snitch to a topology-enabled snitch.
SimpleStrategy keyspace usage found Checks that you are not using SimpleStrategy for any keyspaces in a multi-datacenter environment. Medium Cluster Daily Alert
Please update the replication strategies of the relevant keyspace(s) to use NetworkTopologyStrategy.

Search Advisor 

Advice for Solr search nodes. For more information, see DSE Search.
Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Vnodes enabled on Search nodes Checks that vnodes are not in use on DataStax Enterprise search nodes for version 4.8 and below, or checks that there are either 16 or 32 vnodes on DataStax Enterprise search nodes for version 5.0 and above. High Node Daily Alert
Please replace the current search nodes that have vnodes enabled with nodes without vnodes for version 4.8 and below, or with nodes with the correct number of vnodes for version 5.0 and up.
Search nodes enabled with bad autocommit Checks to see if a running Solr node has autocommit within 5-10 seconds. Medium Cluster Daily Alert
Please modify your autocommit threshold to within 5-10 seconds.
Search nodes enabled with query result cache Checks to see if a running Solr node has query result cache disabled. Medium Cluster Daily Alert
Please modify your Solr config query to disable the queryResultCache.
Search nodes with bad filter cache size Checks to see if filter cache size is optimized for a running Solr node. Medium Cluster Daily Alert
Please modify your filter cache size attribute to 128 if using solr.LRUCache. Otherwise, if using solr.search.SolrFilterCache, modify the highWaterMarkMB attribute to 256.
Search nodes enabled with row cache Checks to see if a Solr node has row cache enabled. Medium Node Daily Alert
For optimizing memory use for DSE search with Solr, the row cache should be disabled. Edit the cassandra.yaml file and disable the row cache.
Tip: If using LCM, adjust the cassandra.yaml in the appropriate LCM Config Profile.
Search nodes have default key cache size Checks to see if a Solr node has key cache set to default size. Medium Node Daily Alert
For optimizing memory use for DSE search with Solr, the key cache size should be set to its default size. Edit the cassandra.yaml file and ensure the key cache size is set to the recommended default size.
Tip: If using LCM, adjust the cassandra.yaml in the appropriate LCM Config Profile.
Search nodes have improper heap size Checks to see if a Solr node has enough heap space. Medium Node Daily Alert
For optimizing memory use for DSE search with Solr, the heap should be set to at least 14GB. Set the Solr node max heap to at least 14GB.

Security Advisor 

Rule Description/Recommendation Importance Scope Interval (default) Alert Level
Security keyspace not properly replicated Checks that the auth keyspace is replicated correctly when using PasswordAuthenticator. High Node, Cluster Daily Alert
Please increase the replication of the system_auth keyspace.
Security superuser has default setting Checks that the default cassandra superuser and password has been changed from the default. High Cluster Daily Alert
Security superuser has default setting. Please update the password for the user 'cassandra'.
Improper Security authentication setting Checks that the cassandra authentication is enabled and not set to AllowAllAuthenticator. Medium Node Daily Alert
AllowAllAuthenticator performs no security checks and is not recommended. Please update cassandra.yaml on your nodes and change authenticator from org.apache.cassandra.auth.AllowAllAuthenticator to org.apache.cassandra.auth.PasswordAuthenticator.
Incorrect OpsCenter authentication setting Checks that the OpsCenter authentication is not set to the default if you are using DatastaxEnterpriseAuth. High Cluster Daily Alert
Please change the default password of the admin user for OpsCenter's authentication.
Sensitive Config Value Encryption It is recommended to enable encryption of sensitive config values in cassandra.yaml. Medium Node Daily Info
Config value encryption is not enabled. The rule failed on the following nodes: listed failed nodes.
In dse.yaml, set config_encryption_active to true and use dsetool encryptconfigvalue to create encrypted config values for the sensitive fields. See Encrypting sensitive configuration file values in the DSE Admin documentation.
Tip: If using LCM, adjust the dse.yaml in the appropriate LCM Config Profile.