Getting started with DataStax Enterprise 6.7

Information about using DataStax Enterprise for Administrators.

Information about using DataStax Enterprise for Administrators.

This topic provides basic information and a roadmap to documentation for System Administrators new to DataStax Enterprise.

Which product?

DataStax Offerings provides basic information to help you choose whether DataStax Enterprise or the DSE Advanced Workloads Pack best fits your requirements.


Before diving into administration tasks, you can save a lot of time when setting up and operating DataStax Enterprise (DSE) in a production environment by learning a few basics first:
  • DataStax Enterprise-based applications and clusters are much different than relational databases and use a data model based on the types of queries, not on modeling entities and relationships. contains key concepts and terminology for understanding the database.
  • DSE OpsCenter and Lifecycle Manager automate and simplify many administrative tasks.
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The following are not administrator specific but are presented to give you a fuller picture of the database:


The Planning and testing guide contains guidelines for capacity planning and hardware selection in production environments. Key topics include:


DataStax offers a variety of ways to set up a cluster:

On premises

For help with choosing an install type, see Which install method should I use?


DSE Advanced Security provides fine-grained user and access controls to keep applications data protected and compliant with regulatory standards like PCI, SOX, HIPAA, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Key topics include:

  • Create database users and roles
  • Set up and configure LDAP access
  • Configure database permissions
Attention: The DSE database includes the default role cassandra with password cassandra. This is a superuser login has full access to the database. DataStax recommends only using the cassandra role once during initial Role Based Access Control (RBAC) set up to establish your own root account and then disabling the cassandra role. See .


Important topics for optimizing the performance of the database include:



The primary tools for getting data into and out of the database are:

For other methods, see Migrating data to DataStax Enterprise.


DataStax provides the following tools to monitor clusters and view metrics:


DataStax provides a wide variety of resources for troubleshooting and other types of help:



Advanced Functionality

The Advanced functionality in DataStax Enterprise 6.7 page lists all the advance features in addition to: