Install Hortonworks HDP 3.1.0 on A Cluster of VMWare Virtual Machines

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This post describes the process to install Hortontworks HDP 3.1.0 on a cluster of three VMWare virtual machines. The process includes four major steps: 1) set up the cluster environemnt; 2) set up a local repository for both Ambari and HDP stacks; 3) Install Ambari server and agent; 4) install, configure and deploy the cluster.