Thank you for your response! I tried what you have mentioned but am still running into issues:
I updated the elasticsearch.yml file to define node.name as well as the discovery.seed_hosts. for node.name I tried both the default "node-1" statement as well as the same entry I used for discovery.seed_hosts (127.0.0.1) like so:
as well as:
The discovery.seed_hosts is by default set to 127.0.0.1 which what I want but I defined it anyways as follows:
both failed with the output in the log as follows:
very strange that the service cannot start still...
Furthermore I tried installing this directly from the internet on another sandbox machine and it worked and started! The thing is for me to use this in a production environment it cannot be connected to the internet so my issue remains unresolved. I am thinking it might be installing some unmentioned dependencies when installing from the internet?? I am trying to install this locally from an .rpm file on a machine not connected to the internet so maybe its not installing those dependencies... not sure
Let me know if there is anything else I could try