A MySQL server that is part of a MySQL Cluster differs in one chief
respect from a normal (nonclustered) MySQL server, in that it
NDB storage engine. This
engine is also referred to sometimes as
NDB is preferred.
To avoid unnecessary allocation of resources, the server is
configured by default with the
storage engine disabled. To enable
you must modify the server's
configuration file, or start the server with the
This MySQL server is a part of the cluster, so it also must know how
to access a management node to obtain the cluster configuration
data. The default behavior is to look for the management node on
localhost. However, should you need to specify
that its location is elsewhere, this can be done in
my.cnf, or with the mysql
client. Before the
NDB storage engine
can be used, at least one management node must be operational, as
well as any desired data nodes.
For more information about
--ndbcluster and other
mysqld options specific to MySQL Cluster, see
Section 126.96.36.199, “MySQL Server Options for MySQL Cluster”.
In MySQL Cluster NDB 7.3.1 and later, you can use the MySQL Cluster Auto-Installer to set up and deploy a MySQL Cluster on one or more hosts using a browser-based GUI. For more information, see Section 18.2.1, “The MySQL Cluster Auto-Installer”.
For general information about installing MySQL Cluster, see Section 18.2, “MySQL Cluster Installation”.