The master node is the required, initial node in your vRealize Operations Manager cluster.

In single-node clusters, administration and data are on the same master node. A multiple-node cluster includes one master node and one or more data nodes. In addition, there might be remote collector nodes, and there might be one replica node used for high availability.

The master node performs administration for the cluster and must be online before you configure any new nodes. In addition, the master node must be online before other nodes are brought online. For example, if the entire cluster were offline for any reason, you would bring the master node online first.