Defining the cluster topology

Define the cluster topology for DSE at the cluster, datacenter, and node levels.

Before installing a cluster, define the desired topology by providing details about the nodes to be installed and how they are organized into datacenters.

Datacenters can inherit certain shared settings from a cluster. Nodes can inherit certain shared settings from a datacenter or a cluster.

When defining the cluster topology, complete the following tasks in the listed order.


  1. Add clusters.
  2. Add datacenters.
  3. Add nodes.


The following graphic shows the fully expanded and populated Clusters, Datacenters, and Nodes panes prior to running an install and configure job: