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Problem Statement: I have installed HDF-3.1 and ambari- and i am upgrading my ambari to to upgrade my HDF to 3.2+ versions and its failing with below exception :

INFO: about to run command: /usr/java/jdk1.8.0_162/bin/java -cp '/etc/ambari-server/conf:/usr/lib/ambari-server/*:/usr/java/latest/mysql-connector-java.jar:/usr/share/java/mysql-connector-java.jar' org.apache.ambari.server.upgrade.SchemaUpgradeHelper > /var/log/ambari-server/ambari-server.out 2>&1
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/sbin/", line 1060, in <module>
File "/usr/sbin/", line 1030, in mainBody
main(options, args, parser)
File "/usr/sbin/", line 980, in main
File "/usr/sbin/", line 79, in execute
self.fn(*self.args, **self.kwargs)
File "/usr/lib/ambari-server/lib/ambari_server/", line 262, in upgrade
retcode = run_schema_upgrade(args)
File "/usr/lib/ambari-server/lib/ambari_server/", line 162, in run_schema_upgrade
upgrade_response = json.loads(stdout)
File "/usr/lib/ambari-server/lib/ambari_simplejson/", line 307, in loads
return _default_decoder.decode(s)
File "/usr/lib/ambari-server/lib/ambari_simplejson/", line 335, in decode
obj, end = self.raw_decode(s, idx=_w(s, 0).end())
File "/usr/lib/ambari-server/lib/ambari_simplejson/", line 353, in raw_decode
raise ValueError("No JSON object could be decoded")
ValueError: No JSON object could be decoded

And inspecting the ambari-server log I found this exception :

2018-09-04 06:34:55,967 ERROR [main] SchemaUpgradeHelper:238 - Upgrade failed. java.lang.RuntimeException: Trying to create a ServiceComponent not recognized in stack info, clusterName=c174, serviceName=AMBARI_INFRA, componentName=INFRA_SOLR_CLIENT, stackInfo=HDF-3.1 at org.apache.ambari.server.state.ServiceComponentImpl.updateComponentInfo

Ps: here C174 is my cluster name

Root cause : Starting from ambari-2.7.0 the order of ambari upgrade has been changed. first, we need to perform upgrade mpack command then perform the ambari-server upgrade.

The order of execution will be :

ambari-server upgrade-mpack \
--mpack=<version>/tars/hdf_ambari_mp/hdf-ambari-mpack-<version>-<build-number>.tar.gz \ 
ambari-server upgrade

Please refer to document before upgrade : HDF-3.3 :

HDF-3.2 :