Elasticsearch Nodes

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Elasticsearch Nodes

Opster Team

Apr 3, 2022

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In addition to reading this guide, we recommend you run the Elasticsearch Health Check-Up. It will detect issues and improve your Elasticsearch performance by analyzing your shard sizes, threadpools, memory, snapshots, disk watermarks and more.

The Elasticsearch Check-Up is free and requires no installation.

To review your configuration of nodes in Elasticsearch, we recommend running the Elasticsearch Health Check-Up. Aside from outlining your configuration, it will help you determine the ideal number of each type of node for your use case and help you avoid future issues involving your nodes.

Run the Elasticsearch check-up to receive recommendations like this:

checklist Run Check-Up

The following configuration error was detected on node 123...



This error can have a severe impact on your system. It's important to understand that it was caused by...



In order to resolve this issue and prevent it from occurring again, we recommend that you begin by changing the configuration to...


X-PUT curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" [customized recommendation]


To put it simply, a node is a single server that is part of a cluster. Each node is assigned one or more roles, which describe the node’s responsibility and operations. Data nodes store the data, and participate in the cluster’s indexing and search capabilities, while master nodes are responsible for managing the cluster’s activities and storing the cluster state, including the metadata.

While it is possible to run several node instances of Elasticsearch on the same hardware, it’s considered a best practice to limit a server to a single running instance of Elasticsearch.

Nodes connect to each other and form a cluster by using a discovery method. 


Master node

Master nodes are in charge of cluster-wide settings and changes – deleting or creating indices and fields, adding or removing nodes and allocating shards to nodes. Each cluster has a single master node that is elected from the master eligible nodes using a distributed consensus algorithm and is reelected if the current master node fails.

Coordinating (client) node

There is some confusion in the use of coordinating node terminology. Client nodes were removed from Elasticsearch after version 2.4 and became coordinating nodes.

Coordinating nodes are nodes that do not hold any configured role. They don’t hold data and are not part of the master eligible group nor execute ingest pipelines. Coordinating nodes serve incoming search requests and act as the query coordinator running query and fetch phases, sending requests to every node that holds a shard being queried. The coordinating node also distributes bulk indexing operations and route queries to shards based on the node’s responsiveness.

Related log errors to this ES concept

Waiting for elected master node to setup local exporter does it have x-pack installed
Failing snapshot of shard on closed node
Failed to connect to
Failed to get node info for ; disconnecting.
Unexpected error while checking for node reconnects
Unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins
Failed to serialize clusterstate before publishing it to node
Failed to update snapshot state after node removal
Seed node cluster name mismatch expected
Failed while applying cluster state locally
NodeStatsAction timed out for ClusterInfoUpdateJob
Unexpected error during

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Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

Analyze your cluster
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