If your Elasticsearch cluster is deployed across zones and the nodes in a zone become faulty, you can perform a switchover. The system removes the nodes from this zone and transmits the network data sent from clients only to nodes in the other zones that are in the Enabled state. This topic describes how to perform a switchover.


  • A cross-zone Elasticsearch cluster is created.
    For more information, see Create an Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch instance. When you create a cluster, set Number of Zones to 2-AZ or 3-AZ.
    Notice Currently, you can deploy an Elasticsearch cluster across three zones only in the China (Hangzhou), China (Beijing), China (Shanghai), or China (Shenzhen) region.
  • Replicas are configured for the indexes of the cross-zone Elasticsearch cluster. This ensures normal read and write operations on the cluster after a switchover.


  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, select the region where your Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch cluster resides.
  3. Find the target cluster and click its ID.
  4. In the lower part of the Basic Information page that appears, click the Node Visualization tab. Then, move the pointer over the zone where you want to perform a switchover and click Switch Over.
  5. In the Confirm Operation dialog box that appears, click OK.
    The system then restarts your Elasticsearch cluster to make the switchover take effect. After the switchover succeeded, the state of the zone changes from Enabled to Disabled.
    Note To ensure that your Elasticsearch cluster has sufficient computing resources and the read and write operations on indexes are not affected, the system adds nodes to the zones that are in the Enabled state during a switchover. These nodes may include dedicated master nodes, client nodes, and data nodes.

What to do next

If your indexes has replicas before you perform a switchover, the state of your cluster becomes abnormal (indicated by the color yellow) after the switchover. After you confirm that the switchover succeeded, you can run a command in the Kibana console to set cluster parameters so that the shards in the zone can be allocated to the zones that are in the Enabled state. After the shards are allocated, the state of the cluster becomes normal (indicated by the color green). Example command:
PUT /_cluster/settings
    "persistent" : {
        "cluster.routing.allocation.awareness.force.zone_id.values" : {"0": null, "1": null, "2": null}
Note For more information about how to log on to the Kibana console, see Log on to the Kibana console.