I’ll give a general lay of the land for troubleshooting Cassandra. Then I’ll take you on a deep dive through nodetool and system.log and give you a guided tour of the useful information they provide for troubleshooting. I’ll devote special attention to monitoring the various processes that Cassandra uses to do its work and how to effectively search for information about specific error messages online.
This is the old version of this presentation for Cassandra 2.0 and earlier. Check out the updated slide deck for Cassandra 2.1.