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Using the LifeKeeper Installation Support CD

The LifeKeeper for Linux Installation Support CD (de.img) provides a set of installation scripts designed to perform user-interactive system setup tasks that are necessary before LifeKeeper can be installed on your system. The Installation Support CD identifies what Linux distribution you are running and, through a series of questions you answer, installs various packages required to ensure a successful LifeKeeper installation. It also installs a licensing utilities package which provides utilities for obtaining and displaying the Host ID of your server. Host IDs are used to obtain valid licenses for running LifeKeeper.

Refer to the LifeKeeper for Linux Release Notes for additional information.

mount /media/cdrom (or /media/dvd)

mount /dev/cdrom

  1. Insert the Installation Support CD into the CD-ROM Drive.  Or if using the de.img file, mount the file using the following command:

mount PATH/IMAGE_NAME MOUNT_POINT -t iso9660 -o loop
      Where PATH is the path to the image,
      IMAGE_NAME is the name of the image,
      MOUNT_POINT is the path to mount location

  1. Change to the CD-ROM directory (or the de.img mounted directory) and type sh setup.

  2. Text will appear explaining what is going to occur during the installation procedure. You will now be asked a series of questions, where you will answer “y” for Yes or “n” for No. The type and sequence of the questions are dependent on your Linux distribution.

Read each question carefully to ensure a proper response. It is recommended that you answer Yes to each question in order to complete all the steps required for a successful LifeKeeper Installation.

Note: The Installation Support CD may install kernel modules to support shared storage devices or the optional Data Replication, NFS, and HP CCISS Recovery Kits.

Important Information Regarding Kernel Upgrades: LifeKeeper typically installs kernel modules to support some of its features; therefore, when applying a kernel patch/kernel upgrade on a RedHat system, it is important to rerun the ./setup script from the installation media to ensure that any kernel modules installed as part of LifeKeeper will be available to the new kernel. Failure to perform this step may leave LifeKeeper resources unable to be put into service and/or improperly protected.

  1. The last item in the setup script is the installation of the LifeKeeper licensing utilities. See Obtaining and Installing the License for details.

  2. After you have answered all the questions posed by the setup script, it should inform you that the installation was successful.

  3. Finally, you may be required to reboot your system in order to load the new kernel or modules if any are installed before installing the LifeKeeper rpm packages from the LifeKeeper Core CD.  A message will be displayed when a reboot is required; in most configurations this will not occur.

Note: Trace information for execution of the setup scripts is saved in /var/log/LK_install.log.

Note: During an upgrade, please make sure to stop LifeKeeper before running Installation Support.

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