Elasticsearch Zen Discovery Settings

By Opster Team

Updated: Jan 28, 2024

| 1 min read


Zen discovery settings for cluster formation were deprecated in Elasticsearch version 7. If these settings are included in elasticsearch.yml files for version 7 and above, they should be removed to avoid confusion.

Reason for the changes

Up until version 6 it was possible, using zen discovery mechanism, to inadvertently set unsafe settings which could result in a cluster becoming separated into two separate clusters (the split brain problem). The changes introduced in version 7 make a more robust configuration under which you will be warned (and the cluster will not start) if you set certain unsafe configurations. In particular, in the event of loss of master nodes for version 6 and earlier, you would be allowed to simply add new master nodes, with no guarantee that you had actually preserved the original cluster state, leading to the possibility of data loss.  

How to fix it

Edit the elasticsearch.yml file in each node where you see the ZEN_DISCOVERY_SETTINGS_NOT_USED warning.  

The settings below have changed names:


Any other settings that start with:


Can be removed.

You must restart the node for the change to take effect.  Remember to wait for your node to come back up and rejoin the cluster before restarting the next node. To check this, run:

GET _cluster/health

You should only restart nodes once the cluster is GREEN.

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