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Transferring Resource Hierarchies

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Transferring Resource Hierarchies

When you need to perform routine maintenance or other tasks on a SIOS Protection Suite Server, you can use the LifeKeeper GUI to move in-service resources to another server. To transfer in-service resource hierarchies from Server A to Server B, use the GUI to bring the…

Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC

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Automatic Creation of a Mirror in WSFC Use the SIOS DataKeeper GUI to configure a mirror. At the completion of the mirror creation operation, the following dialog box will pop up which will allow you to automatically add the mirror as a DataKeeper volume…

Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

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When creating an Other Server resource in WSFC, you will be prompted for a storage resource (DataKeeper resource) twice. You will check the first one, but do not need to check the second dialog. Click the “checkbox” for the first dialog “Select…

Recovering Out-of-Service Hierarchies

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Description As a part of the recovery following the failure of a SIOS Protection Suite server, resource hierarchies that are configured on the failed server but are not in service anywhere at the time of the server failure are recovered on the highest priority alive…

Maintaining a Resource Hierarchy

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You can perform maintenance on a resource hierarchy while maintaining SIOS Protection Suite protection of all other hierarchies on the system. This involves taking the hierarchy in need of maintenance out of service and then bringing it back in service after you…

Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks

Once you have completed the setup tasks as described in the previous section, you are ready to create and extend your Oracle resource hierarchies. The following four tasks are described in this guide, as they are unique to an Oracle resource instance and different for…

IP Resource Create Issue

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Symptom IP resource Pre-Extend Wizard can fail if new IP address partially matches an existing IP address. Workaround Currently no workaround is available. This will be addressed in a future release.

Non-mirrored Volume Resource

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Non-mirrored Volume Resource

A non-mirrored volume resource is a DataKeeper resource where no data is replicated to any node in the cluster. This resource type should only be used where the data is temporary and/or non-critical such as MS SQL Server tempdb space. In this case, when MS SQL restarts…

Edit Menu – Resource

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This submenu of the main menu bar is the same as the default resource context menu except that you must select a resource and server when you invoke actions from this menu. The Edit > Resource menu cannot be customized. In Service. Bring a resource hierarchy into…

Viewing Resource Properties

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To view resource properties: If the Properties Panel is enabled, simply select the server-specific resource instance in the Status Table and the properties will be displayed in the Properties Panel. If the Properties Panel is disabled, select the server-specific…

Incomplete Resource Creation

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Description If the resource setup process is interrupted leaving instances only partially created, you must perform manual cleanup before attempting to install the hierarchy again. Use the LifeKeeper GUI to delete any partially-created resources. See Deleting a…

Resource Hierarchy for Oracle

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The typical Oracle resource hierarchy consists of the following resources: Oracle Shared communication resource (IP or LAN Manager alias name) Volume(s) All Oracle data, log, and trace (core database) files for the protected SID are stored on shared or…

Resource Context Menu

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The resource context menu appears when you right-click on a global (cluster-wide) resource, as shown above, or a server-specific resource instance, as shown below, in the status table. The default resource context menu is described here, but this menu might be…

LCD Resource Types

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The LCD is maintained in both shared memory and in the $LKROOT directory. As highlighted on the directory structure diagram, subsys contains application resource sets you can use to define your application interface: filesys – file system related resources…

Resource Tag Name Restrictions

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Tag Name Length All tags within SIOS Protection SuiteDataKeeper may not exceed the 256 character limit. Valid “Special” Characters - _ . / However, the first character in a tag should not contain…

Resource Tag Name Restrictions

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Tag Name Length All tags within DataKeeper may not exceed the 256 character limit. Valid “Special” Characters - _ . / However, the first character in a tag should not contain “.” or “/”. Invalid…

Resource Context Toolbar

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The resource context toolbar is displayed in the properties panel when you select a server-specific resource instance in the status table. The default toolbar is described here but this toolbar might be customized for specific resource types in which case the custom…

IIS Resource Configuration Tasks

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The topics in this section describe the tasks involved in configuring resources. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Create an IIS Resource…

Creating the PostgreSQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Creating the PostgreSQL Hierarchy

After you have completed the necessary setup tasks outlined in the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Installation Guide, use the steps listed below to create the PostgreSQL Server hierarchy to protect your database cluster. Important If you have…

Creating the SQL Hierarchy

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After you have completed the necessary setup tasks outlined in the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Installation Guide, use the following steps to define the SQL Server hierarchy to protect your database(s). !Important: If you have an existing SQL database…

Creating a Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors » Creating a Mirror

Before creating a mirror, ensure the following: You have created a job to hold the mirror. The volume on both the source and target systems must be of the NTFS file system type. The target volume must be greater than or equal to the size of the source…

Creating an Oracle Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Creating an Oracle Hierarchy

After you have completed the necessary setup tasks, use the following steps to define the Oracle Server hierarchy to protect your database(s). From the LifeKeeper GUI menu, select Edit, then Server. From the menu, select Create Resource Hierarchy. The Create…

Create an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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Before creating your IIS hierarchy, be sure you have created the associated IP and volume (if needed) resource hierarchies first. To create a resource instance from the primary server, you should complete the following steps: From the LifeKeeper GUI menu, select…

Creating a Job

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If not already connected, connect to the server where you want to create a job. From the right Actions pane, select Create Job. The Job Wizard will prompt you for a Job Name and Description. Enter the appropriate information and select Create Job to…

Viewing Resource Tags and IDs

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A resource’s tag and ID can be viewed quickly by positioning the cursor over a resource icon in the status window and clicking the left mouse button once (single-click). The resource tag and ID of the server having the lowest priority number are displayed in the…

Extend an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create IIS Resource Hierarchy option, in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. On the Edit menu, select Resource then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend…

Delete an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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To delete a resource hierarchy from all the servers in your LifeKeeper environment, complete the following steps: From the LifeKeeper GUI menu, select Edit then Resource. From the drop down menu, select Delete Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where…

Bringing A Resource In Service

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To bring a resource in service: Select a server-specific resource instance that you want to bring in service and then select In Service from the Resource Context Menu or Resource Context Toolbar. A dialog appears confirming the server and resource(s) that you…

WSFC – MS DTC Resource Failure

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Error/Message The cluster resource host subsystem (RHS) stopped unexpectedly. An attempt will be made to restart it. This is usually due to a problem in a resource DLL. Please determine which resource DLL is causing the issue and report the problem to the resource…

Testing Your SQL Resource Hierarchy

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You can test your SQL resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. Selecting Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request executed…

Testing Your PostgreSQL Resource Hierarchy

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You can test your PostgreSQL resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. Select Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request…

DataKeeper Volume Resource Private Properties

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A DataKeeper Volume resource includes several private properties that are used by DataKeeper Cluster Edition. Among these properties are: VolumeLetter (REG_SZ) – the volume letter that is replicated by DataKeeper and associated with this DataKeeper Volume…

Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy

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The topics in this section assist in testing your IIS resource hierarchy. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Performing a Manual Switchover from the…

DataKeeper Volume Resource Health Check

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A DataKeeper Volume resource provides two functions that are used by the Microsoft Cluster service to check for availability and health of the DataKeeper Volume resource. A simple check LooksAlive and a more rigorous check IsAlive. LooksAlive The Cluster service…

Testing Your Oracle Resource Hierarchy

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You can test your Oracle resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. You can select Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request…

Creating Mirrors With Shared Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors » Creating Mirrors With Shared Volumes

In order to properly configure DataKeeper in a shared volume configuration, use the DataKeeper GUI to connect to all systems where the shared volumes are configured. When connected, the DataKeeper GUI uses hardware signatures to automatically detect which volumes are…

Creating Mirrors With Multiple Targets

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors » Creating Mirrors With Multiple Targets

SIOS DataKeeper provides the ability to replicate data from a single source volume to one or more target volumes. In addition, DataKeeper also allows you to switch over control and make any of the target volumes become the source. Assuming you have already created a…

Expanding and Collapsing A Resource Hierarchy Tree

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The resource MSExch.0 is collapsed in this tree. The resource MSExch.0 is expanded in this tree. appears if it is collapsed. appears to the left of a resource icon if it is expanded. To expand a resource hierarchy, click the …

Taking a Resource Out Of Service

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To take a resource out of service: Select a server-specific resource instance that you want to take out of service and then select Out of Service from the Resource Context Menu or Resource Context Toolbar. A dialog appears confirming the selected resource(s) to…

User Resource Name For Remote Access

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Unless the application is cluster-aware, when using Microsoft SQL Enterprise Manager to administer the service, you should register it by the switchable resource name (the name by which users access the server using TCP/IP). This gives you a continuous monitor of the…

Win2008 – IIS Resource Hierarchy Creation Error

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Symptom On a Win2008 system when creating an IIS Resource Hierarchy, you receive the following message: No qualified sites were found… and the create fails. BACKGROUND /…

Creating and Protecting Additional PostgreSQL Database Clusters

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Creating and Protecting Additional PostgreSQL Database Clusters

As your environment grows, you may need to add new PostgreSQL Server database clusters on existing or new shared or replicated volumes. To add and protect a new database cluster and the associated volume follow these steps: Create the volume resource. On the server…

Extend of a SQL Resource Fails

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Extend of a SQL Resource Fails

Symptom: The Extend of a Microsoft SQL resource will fail if the primary and backup configurations are different (i.e. Microsoft SQL ID mismatch). Below is an example of the error message displayed in the LifeKeeper GUI during the can extend operation: Process:…

DataKeeper Volume Not Available as Cluster Resource Type

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WSFC Server – The DataKeeper Volume is Not Available as a Cluster Resource Type After DataKeeper is Installed in a Microsoft WSFC Environment Error/Message The DataKeeper Volume is not available as a cluster resource type after DataKeeper is installed in a…

Licensing – Licensed Recovery Kit Resource Fails to Come In Service

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Symptom After upgrade, licensed recovery kit resource fails to come in service and the following error is logged to the Application Event Log by SIOS Protection Suite: “Process: lcdmachfail(3176) *ERROR* (No. 1001) resource requires a license (for Kit )…

Safe Creation of a Shared-Storage Volume Resource

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors » Safe Creation of a Shared-Storage Volume Resource

DataKeeper allows mirrors to be created on shared volumes where more than one system has access to the same physical storage. The shared volume can be on the source side of the mirror or on the target side. Note: Dynamic disks are not supported with Shared Storage…

WSFC 2012 File Server Resource Manager Event Log Errors

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Description In Windows 2012, if a File Server Role is created which uses one or more DataKeeper Volume resources and the File Server Resource Manager feature is enabled on the system, then a series of “SRMSVC” errors (ID 8228) will be received on the…

SIOS Protection Suite Configurations

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SIOS Protection Suite works on the basis of resource hierarchies you define for groups of two or more servers. The following three topics introduce the SIOS Protection Suite failover configuration concepts. Common Hardware Components System Grouping…

Configuring Mirrors

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors

Creating a Mirror Creating Mirrors With Shared Volumes Safe Creation of a Shared-Storage Volume Resource Creating Mirrors With Multiple Targets Switchover and Failover with Multiple Targets

SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

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Follow the steps below which contain links to topics with additional details. Perform these tasks on each server in the cluster. Ensure that the LifeKeeper services are running by checking the Services in the Administrative Tools on the Control Panel. You should see…

Remove Hangs During Recovery Kit Uninstall

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Remove Hangs During Recovery Kit Uninstall

Symptom If a recovery kit is uninstalled while there are resource hierarchies of that kit in service, the Remove hangs. To avoid this situation, it is recommended to always take a recovery kit’s resource hierarchies Out of Service and delete them before…

Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

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When performing shutdown and maintenance on a SIOS Protection Suite-protected server, you must put that system’s resource hierarchies in-service on the backup server before performing maintenance. This process stops all activity for shared disks on the system needing…

Two-Server Cluster Issue

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Symptom In a two-server cluster, when the primary server fails or is shut down which causes the hierarchies to fail over to the backup server, and the backup server also fails or is shut down before the hierarchies are entirely failed over to the backup server, the…

Maintenance Tasks

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The topics in this section cover the tasks necessary for maintaining SIOS Protection Suite. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Starting and Stopping…

Windows 2012 File Share

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When creating a fileshare using “SMB – Basic” on Windows 2012, by default the “Enable Continuous availability” flag is checked which prohibits creating a fileshare resource. To solve this problem, uncheck the box as shown in the picture. …

LANMAN Name May Be Seen Twice in Browse List

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » LANMAN Name May Be Seen Twice in Browse List

Symptom After creating a LANMAN resource, the LANMAN name may be seen twice in the browse list. Solution One of these entries is an unusable Workstation record. Please disregard this entry and use the other LANMAN Server name.

Intelligent Versus Automatic Switchback

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By default, the switchback setting of a resource is intelligent. This means that once the failover occurs for that resource from Server A to Server B, the resource remains on Server B until another failure or until an administrator intelligently switches the resource…

Recovery Kit Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Recovery Kit Installation

Before installing the LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit, be sure you are familiar with the product prerequisites listed above, as well as the installation/configuration procedure outlined in the section Installing and Configuring LifeKeeper with Oracle. Upgrading…

Status Table

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The status table provides a visual representation of the status of connected servers and their resources. It shows the following. The state of each server in the top row The global (cross-server) state and the parent-child relationships of each resource in the…

Install and Configure SMTP Virtual Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Install and Configure SMTP Virtual Server

Follow the steps below to create an SMTP Virtual Server. You need to add a new virtual server on each system and configure the pair to be identical. Use the LifeKeeper GUI to bring the switchable IP address and protected volume, if any, in-service on the primary…

Clustering

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Running chkdsk on Cluster Volumes during Cluster Volume Online Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC Manual Creation of a Mirror in WSFC DataKeeper Volume Resource Health Check DataKeeper Volume Resource Private Properties Extending a Clustered DataKeeper…

Changing the Network Interface Card (NIC)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Changing the Network Interface Card (NIC)

The procedure for changing the Network Interface Card (NIC) depends upon whether the replacement NIC is the same type of card as the original. If the NIC is exactly the same model, you only need to power down the system, replace the card, and then restart the system;…

Split-Brain Recovery

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After the system’s comm paths have been restored and the servers detect that the volumes are in the Split-Brain state, you will have to perform the Split-Brain Recovery procedure below. Note: If multiple volumes are detected in different resource hierarchies,…

Troubleshooting

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The topics in this section contain important information about known issues and restrictions offering possible workarounds and/or solutions. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Applet…

View Menu

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Expand Tree. Expand the status table to show all resources in all hierarchies. Collapse Tree. Collapse the status table to show only the top resource in each hierarchy. Row Height. Modify the row viewing size of the resources in the resource hierarchy tree and…

Uninstalling SPS for Windows

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Uninstalling SPS for Windows

Before Removing LifeKeeper Included below are the requirements for removing LifeKeeper software. Move or stop applications. Before removing the software, verify that applications requiring SIOS Protection Suite protection are not on the server. Never remove…

System Grouping Arrangements

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configurations » System Grouping Arrangements

A resource hierarchy is defined on a cluster of SIOS Protection Suite servers. For a given hierarchy, each server is assigned a priority, with one (1) being the highest possible priority. The primary, or highest priority, server is the computer you want to use for the…

Recovering From a SIOS Protection Suite Server Failure in a 1 × 1 Configuration

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If a server in your SIOS Protection Suite cluster experiences a failure that causes re-installation of the operating system (and thus SIOS Protection Suite), you will have to re-extend the resource hierarchies from each server in the cluster. If a server in the cluster…

LifeKeeper GUI Server and Client Components

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The LifeKeeper GUI server is initialized on each SIOS Protection Suite server at system startup. It communicates with LifeKeeper GUI clients using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). You can connect to the LifeKeeper GUI server with…

Changing LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Changing LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit Configuration

Any configuration change that affects the port number, IP address, hardware virtual servers or secure/non-secure setting, will affect the LifeKeeper configuration. As there is no direct linkage between the server and this kit, you should follow this procedure to…

SQLAgent Service Fails to Start

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SQLAgent Service Fails to Start Sometimes for Named Instances Symptom: On named instances of Microsoft SQL Server where SIOS Protection Suite is protecting the SQLAgent service, when the resource is originally brought in service, a SQL problem prevents this service…

Rewind Settings

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Rewind Settings

From the Volume Resource Properties page, select the Rewind Settings button for enabling/disabling rewind, changing the rewind log location, associating volumes that should be rewound at the same time (as a single entity), setting the maximum age limit for the log file…

Active-Active Grouping

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In an active/active group, all servers are active processors; they also serve as the backup server for resource hierarchies on other servers. For example, the configuration example below shows two active/active pairs of servers. Server 1 is processing AppA, but also…

Managing IP Resources

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To view configuration information associated with a protected IP resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the IP resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select Properties, then select the IP Configuration tab. The example below shows the…

Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

Although most of the administrative tasks for the PostgreSQL Server are done through the PostgreSQL tools, starting and stopping of the PostgreSQL Server should not be one of them: Consistent state – When SIOS Protection Suite stops and starts the PostgreSQL…

Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

The next step is to install the SIOS Protection Suite Core, which includes the IP Recovery Kit and Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit, on all servers. See the SIOS Protection Suite Installation topics for details on installing SIOS Protection Suite. You must have the same…

Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

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On the Primary Server Use the Windows Disk Management tool to configure your disk resources and define the replicated volumes that you want to use. (Be sure the volume size is adequate.) It is recommended that you use Windows Explorer to unshare from the network…

Using DataKeeper Cluster Edition to Enable Multi-Site Hyper-V Clusters

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Using DataKeeper Cluster Edition to Enable Multi-Site Hyper-V Clusters

Prerequisite Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster Server Management and Hyper-V Virtual Management procedures and commands is highly recommended. Note: DataKeeper ClusterCluster Edition does not support Cluster Shared Volumes;…

Hardware and Software Requirements

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Hardware and Software Requirements

Before attempting to install or remove the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements: Operating System software. SIOS Protection Suite supports the following versions of Windows operating…

Restore Fails

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Restore Fails

Symptom: The Restore of a PostgreSQL Server resource will fail after switchover if the database cluster data directory access permissions are configured incorrectly. Suggested Action: Verify the access permissions are configured correctly. See step 3 in Creating and…

Global Toolbar

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This toolbar is a combination of the default server context toolbar and resource context toolbar which are displayed on the properties panel, except that you must select a server and possibly a resource when you invoke actions from this toolbar. …

Viewing the Status of Resources

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Common Tasks » Viewing the Status of Resources

The status or state of a resource is displayed in two formats: global resource status (across all servers) and server resource status (on a single server). The global resource status is shown in the Resource Hierarchy Tree in the left pane of the status window. The…

Install and Configure Microsoft IIS on All Servers

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Install and Configure Microsoft IIS on All Servers

The next step is to configure Microsoft IIS on all the servers in your cluster. Install and Configure Microsoft IIS Web or FTP Site To create a Web site or FTP site pair, you need to add a new site on each server and configure the pair to be identical, or you can…

Menus

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SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Menus ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Resource Context Menu Server Context Menu File Menu Edit Menu –…

Unextending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Unextending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

To remove a resource hierarchy from a single server in the SIOS Protection Suite cluster, do the following: On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the SQL resource. It cannot be…

IIS Hierarchy Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration

The topics in this section assist in the administration of IIS hierarchies. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Modifying Quick Check Interval, Deep Check…

Toolbars

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SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Toolbars _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Global Toolbar Resource Context Toolbar Server Context…

Unextending an Oracle Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Unextending an Oracle Hierarchy

To remove a resource hierarchy from a single server in the LifeKeeper cluster, do the following: On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the Oracle resource. It cannot be the server…

Mirror Creation and Cluster Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012 » Mirror Creation and Cluster Configuration

Create your DataKeeper volumes and your cluster. See Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC for reference. *IMPORTANT: The iSCSI Target Role only supports DataKeeper Volumes that are mirrors of Simple Volumes placed on Basic Disks. If any of your mirrors are…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Quick Start Guide

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This topic provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring DataKeeper Cluster Edition. The series of steps includes links into the documentation that describe each step in detail. Prerequisites and Installation Read the DataKeeper Cluster Edition…

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

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DEPLOYING MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2014 FAILOVER CLUSTERS IN AZURE RESOURCE MANAGER (ARM) Before beginning, make sure you read the DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes for the latest information. It is highly recommended that you read and understand the DataKeeper…

Unextending a SQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Unextending a SQL Hierarchy

To remove a resource hierarchy from a single server in the SIOS Protection Suite cluster, do the following: On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the SQL resource. It cannot be…

Connecting ODBC Clients to Named Instances of SQL Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Connecting ODBC Clients to Named Instances of SQL Server

Symptom: After creating an ODBC connection to your SIOS Protection Suite cluster via the protected IP address, the connection fails after switching the SQL resource to the backup server. Suggested Action: Take each instance out of service and bring it back into…

Monitoring Replicated Volume Resources

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Monitoring Replicated Volume Resources

The state of all SIOS Protection Suite protected replicated volume resources is displayed in the LifeKeeper GUI. Refer to the SIOS DataKeeper topic, Mirror State Definitions, for details on mirror states. The example below shows that the mirror state of the replicated…

Removal

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Removal

To remove the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit software, choose Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit in the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features applet in the control panel. !CAUTION: Be sure there are no SQL instances or resources in…

Extending a Clustered DataKeeper Volume to a Node Outside the Cluster

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Clustered DataKeeper Volume to a Node Outside the Cluster

DataKeeper Volume cluster resources can be extended to a DR Node for Disaster Recovery purposes. In the event of a complete failure of all systems in the cluster, data will be accessible on the DR Node (referred to as the “DR Node”). Here you will find instructions…

Managing a SQL Server Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Managing a SQL Server Configuration

To administer a protected SQL Server resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the SQL Server resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select properties, then select the SQL Server Configuration tab. Use the SQL Server Configuration page to…

New Resources Offline But Unlocked

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WSFC Server – Newly Created Resources Appear Offline But Are Unlocked Error/Message Newly created resources appear offline but are unlocked. Description The new resource is always offline and unlocked before it is used. Suggested Action Switch the resource…

Resources Subdirectories

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » Resources Subdirectories

The filesys, comm, WebServer, database, mail and appsuite directories each contain a resources subdirectory. The content of those directories provides a list of the resource types that are currently defined and managed by SIOS Protection Suite: filesys resource…

Common Tasks

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This section covers basic tasks that can be performed by any user. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Connecting To A Cluster Disconnecting From a…

Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

As your environment grows, you may need to add new Microsoft SQL Server databases on new shared or replicated volumes. You should perform the following tasks to add the new volumes to the SIOS Protection Suite hierarchy before administering the new databases within…

Installing Oracle

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Installing Oracle

Once you have installed LifeKeeper and configured the volume and communication resources, you are ready to install Oracle to the protected volume(s). Oracle 12c Installation: Oracle12c introduces some new installation options. The following options for software and…

Unextend Your IIS Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Resource Configuration Tasks » Unextend Your IIS Hierarchy

To unextend your IIS hierarchy from a system: From the LifeKeeper GUI menu, select Edit then Resource. From the drop down menu, select Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the IIS resource. It cannot be the server…

Disabling the FTP Deep Check Process

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Disabling the FTP Deep Check Process

If the protected FTP site does not permit anonymous logins and you prefer not to use a login script as described above, you may disable the deep check process for a particular LifeKeeper protected resource. Change directory to the LifeKeeper “bin” folder…

LifeKeeper Configuration Database (LCD)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LifeKeeper Configuration Database (LCD)

The LifeKeeper configuration database (LCD) maintains the object-oriented resource hierarchy information and stores recovery direction information for all resource types known to SIOS Protection Suite. The data is cached within system shared memory and stored in files…

Deleting a SQL Hiearchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Deleting a SQL Hiearchy

Before deleting a SQL hierarchy or instance, make sure that the hierarchy is active (green) on its primary server. You may also wish to remove the dependencies before deleting the hierarchy; otherwise, the dependencies will be deleted also. To delete a resource…

Access Via Protected Communication Paths

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Access Via Protected Communication Paths

All remote access of the service should be done through the hierarchy’s LifeKeeper network resources. This will ensure that users can access the PostgreSQL database cluster regardless of which server it is currently running on. *Note: Currently the PostgreSQL…

Deleting an Oracle Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Deleting an Oracle Hierarchy

Before deleting an Oracle hierarchy or instance, make sure that the hierarchy is active (green) on its primary server. You may also wish to remove the dependencies before deleting the hierarchy; otherwise, the dependencies will be deleted also. Deleting an Oracle…

LCD Configuration Data

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LCD Configuration Data

LCD stores the following related types of data: Dependency Information Resource Status Information Inter-Server Equivalency Information Dependency Information For each defined resource, SIOS Protection Suite maintains a list of dependencies and a list of…

Deleting a PostgreSQL Hiearchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Deleting a PostgreSQL Hiearchy

Before deleting a PostgreSQL hierarchy or instance, make sure that the hierarchy is active (green) on its primary server. You may also wish to remove the dependencies before deleting the hierarchy; otherwise, the dependencies will also be deleted. To delete a resource…

Displaying List of Protected File Shares

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Displaying List of Protected File Shares

To display the list of file shares associated with a protected file share resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the File Share resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select Properties, then select the Protected Share List tab. …

Operator Tasks

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This section covers more advanced tasks that require Operator permission such as bringing resources in and out of…

Starting and Stopping LifeKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Starting and Stopping LifeKeeper

Because LifeKeeper is typically started automatically after installation and each time the server is booted, you should not normally need to start/stop LifeKeeper. (The only exception is if you chose to do a Custom installation and opted not to start LifeKeeper at that…

Naming Restrictions

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Naming Restrictions

In order to receive LifeKeeper protection, you should adhere to the following rules for site name (which is entered in the Description field of the IIS console): Use only alphanumeric characters and dashes. If you need to change the name (description) of a…

Manual Creation of a Mirror in WSFC

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC » Manual Creation of a Mirror in WSFC

Wait until the mirrors are in the Mirroring state. Create an Empty Application. Open the Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster GUI Right-click on Services and Applications (in Windows 2012, right-click on Roles) Expand More Actions (not in Windows…

Updating Oracle Username and Password for LifeKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Hierarchy Administration » Updating Oracle Username and Password for LifeKeeper

During the creation of a LifeKeeper Oracle resource, the user must enter an Oracle user name and password for that instance of Oracle. Should the password of this user name change at some point in the future, the LifeKeeper Oracle resource must be updated on all…

Monitoring Your SQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Monitoring Your SQL Hierarchy

For every SQL resource, SIOS Protection Suite monitors the Microsoft SQL Server service and any optional services selected during the creation of the SQL hierarchy or added at a later time. Should any of these services stop, the monitoring process associated with the…

Extending an Oracle Hierarchy

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This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create Resource Hierarchy option in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend Wizard…

Monitoring Your PostgreSQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Monitoring Your PostgreSQL Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite monitors the PostgreSQL database cluster services for every PostgreSQL resource. If the services stop, the monitoring process associated with the PostgreSQL resource will detect this and attempt to restart the services on the local server if Local…

Managing DNS Resources

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Managing DNS Resources

To change the Domain administrative user and password associated with a protected DNS resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the DNS resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select Properties, then select the Resource Settings tab. Select…

Maintaining SQL Server Login and Passwords

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Maintaining SQL Server Login and Passwords

During the creation of a SIOS Protection Suite SQL resource, the user must enter a SQL administrative username and password for that instance of Microsoft SQLServer. Should the password of this username change at some point in the future, the SQL resource must be…

Extending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Extending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create Resource Hierarchy option, in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. From the Edit menu, select Resource then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend…

Admin Actions Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Admin Actions Menu

This menu allows users to manage the SQL administrator user used during SIOS Protection Suite operations or resolve ID conflicts between the primary and backup servers encountered during the extend operation. Select Administrative Action: Manage User –…

LCDI Commands

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LCDI Commands

SIOS Protection Suite provides two mechanisms for defining an application resource hierarchy: LifeKeeper GUI LifeKeeper Configuration Database Interface (LCDI) commands The LCDI is a set of interface commands provided by SIOS Protection Suite that you can use…

DataKeeper Volume cannot come Online after Network failure with clustered IP Address on Replication network

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » DataKeeper Volume cannot come Online after Network failure with clustered IP Address on Replication network

If you have multiple cluster networks, IP Addresses shouldn’t be set up on the same network that DataKeeper Volume resources are using for replication. Network errors may cause the DataKeeper mirror to go into a Paused state. If the network error also causes the…

Volume Locking for Shared SCSI Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Operator Tasks » Volume Locking for Shared SCSI Volumes

When you want to protect resources on shared SCSI disks, you partition the shared disk into logical volumes using the Windows Disk Management tool. SIOS Protection Suite can protect shared volumes by defining a volume resource instance. Each instance is assigned a…

Server Context Toolbar

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Toolbars » Server Context Toolbar

The server context toolbar is displayed in the properties panel when you select a server in the status table. The actions are invoked for the server that you select. Disconnect. Disconnect from a cluster. Refresh. Refresh GUI.…

WSFC 2012 Failover Cluster Manager UI Defect (Delete Action Missing)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » WSFC 2012 Failover Cluster Manager UI Defect (Delete Action Missing)

Description On Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Failover Cluster Manager UI tool has a defect. When a “right-click” is performed on a DataKeeper Volume resource from the Available Storage group, the drop-down action list does not appear. That action list would…

Advanced Topics

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This section details information on the LifeKeeper Configuration Database and LifeKeeper Communications. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ LifeKeeper…

EditFileShareResource Utility

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » EditFileShareResource Utility

The EditFileShareResource utility can be used to update a file share resource with all current file shares on the associated volume(s). This can be useful in environments where there are a large number of file shares and file shares have been added or deleted since the…

Create Fails

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Create Fails

Symptom: The Create of a PostgreSQL Server resource will fail if the database cluster data directory is located on a volume and that volume is not already protected by SIOS Protection Suite. Suggested Action: Create the volume resource for the data…

Server Context Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Menus » Server Context Menu

The server context menu appears when you right-click on a server in the status table. The actions are always invoked on the server that you select. View Logs. View SIOS Protection Suite log messages. Create Resource Hierarchy. Create a resource hierarchy. Create…

Restore and Health Check Account Failures

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Restore and Health Check Account Failures

Symptom Some recovery kits monitor protected resources by performing query operations that simulate user and/or client activity. This provides SIOS Protection Suite with accurate status information about a protected application or service. It also requires that a…

Edit Menu – Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Menus » Edit Menu – Server

This submenu of the main menu bar is the same as the default server context menu except that you must select a server when you invoke actions from this menu. The Edit > Server menu cannot be customized. View Logs. View SIOS Protection Suite log messages. Create…

Using DKCE to Enable Multi-Site File Share Resources with Windows Server 2008R2 WSFC

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Using DKCE to Enable Multi-Site File Share Resources with Windows Server 2008R2 WSFC

Use the following procedure to protect File Share resources using SIOS DataKeeper and Microsoft Failover Cluster (WSFC). *IMPORTANT NOTE: DataKeeper Cluster Edition registration with Failover Cluster is automatic and occurs 60 seconds after detecting a Failover…

Taking Volume Resources In and Out Of Service

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Operator Tasks » Taking Volume Resources In and Out Of Service

Some background processes such as virus scanners and Windows Services will try to access a shared volume for write access. These processes may be required to run applications and cannot be arbitrarily turned off for long periods of time. In most cases, these…

Extending a SQL Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Extending a SQL Hierarchy

This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create Resource Hierarchy option, in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. From the Edit menu, select Resource then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend…

Installing and Configuring LifeKeeper with Oracle

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Installing and Configuring LifeKeeper with Oracle

The LifeKeeper with Oracle installation and configuration procedure differs slightly for replicated storage systems and shared stored systems. We have created separate sections in this document for each type of storage configuration in an effort to clarify the…

Mirroring with Dynamic Disks

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Mirroring with Dynamic Disks

When changing from a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk, the underlying volume GUID may be changed by the OS upon reboot. This will cause a DataKeeper mirror to break. Suggested Action When mirroring with dynamic disks, your dynamic volumes should be created and a reboot…

Manage Oracle Database Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Manage Oracle Database Configuration

To administer a protected Oracle resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the Oracle resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select properties, then select the Oracle Database Configuration tab. Use the Oracle Database Configuration page to…

Properties Panel

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » GUI Overview » Properties Panel

The properties panel displays the properties of the server or resource that is selected in the status table. The properties panel has the same functionality as the server properties dialog or the resource properties dialog plus a context-sensitive toolbar to provide…

Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC SQL Server Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC SQL Server Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

When replicating from a WSFC SQL Server 2-node cluster to a third node via DataKeeper, the following tasks are required: Replace the existing WSFC physical disk resource with a DataKeeper volume resource that supports data replication. Change the quorum type to…

Oracle Overview

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Overview

The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit provides the ability to concurrently run Oracle database instances on other servers, and to optionally place these instances under LifeKeeper protection. Such a configuration is known as Active/Active and allows LifeKeeper servers to…

Modifying Quick Check Interval, Deep Check Interval and Local Recovery

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Modifying Quick Check Interval, Deep Check Interval and Local Recovery

The default values for the quick check interval, deep check interval and local recovery may be modified after the resource has been placed under LifeKeeper protection by using the LifeKeeper GUI. To change the default values, right-click on the resource and select the…

SIOS Protection Suite Web Client May Lock Up

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » SIOS Protection Suite Web Client May Lock Up

Symptom The SIOS Protection Suite web client may lock up when used from a server machine if the “-” (reduce resource height) or “+” (increase resource height) accelerator keys are hit during the initial paint of SIOS Protection Suite resources…

Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

When replicating from a WSFC 2-node cluster to a third node via DataKeeper, the following tasks are required: Replace the existing WSFC physical disk resource with a DataKeeper volume resource that supports data replication. Change the quorum type to Node…

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows

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Recovering From Databases in Suspect State After a Switchover

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Recovering From Databases in Suspect State After a Switchover

A database which gets marked as suspect may be caused by starting Microsoft SQL Server when the volume(s) on which it resides is unavailable to this system. When SIOS Protection Suite is used to protect SQL databases, the starting and stopping of SQL should be…

LifeKeeper Communications Manager (LCM)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LifeKeeper Communications Manager (LCM)

The LifeKeeper Communication Manager (LCM) provides reliable communication between processes on one or more SIOS Protection Suite servers. This process can use redundant communication paths between systems so that failure of a single communication path does not cause…

UPDATECLUSTERTARGET STATEPROPERTIES

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » UPDATECLUSTERTARGET STATEPROPERTIES

EMCMD UPDATECLUSTERTARGET STATEPROPERTIES This command will update the TargetState private properties for all clustered DataKeeper volumes for which the given system is the source. This is the system whose volume states will be checked. For…

Configuring Generic Application Scripts

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Configuring Generic Application Scripts

Use this feature to update a script that has been created to protect an application that has no associated SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit. Right-click on the generic application resource and select Properties. Select the SIOS Protection Suite Generic Application…

Extending a Traditional 2-Node Cluster to a Shared-Replicated Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Traditional 2-Node Cluster to a Shared-Replicated Configuration

Add a Shared Node Using Windows Server 2008R2 or 2012 When using Windows Server 2008R2 or 2012, a 1×1 2-Node replicated cluster using DataKeeper Volumes can be extended to a 2×1 shared and replicated 3-Node cluster by using either of the following…

Troubleshooting

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting

This section is intended to provide suggestions and insights into occurrences that are not specifically related to the SIOS Protection Suite software but have a relationship with the total…

Restrictions

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions

Included below are restrictions associated with DataKeeper and DataKeeper Cluster Edition as well as possible workarounds and/or solutions. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bitlocker…

Windows Server 2012 Default Information Missing During Mirror Creation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » Windows Server 2012 Default Information Missing During Mirror Creation

Creating Mirrors with Multiple Targets The first issue is during mirror creation in a multi-target configuration. In the final step, the user is prompted for secondary relationship information. In previous OS versions, a default Source IP is provided on this…

Data Rewind Overview

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Data Rewind Overview

Data Rewind allows administrators to change the contents of a replicated volume to any point in time using rewind and advance operations. This capability is made possible through the Rewind Log which records all data changes that occur on the volume. As long as a…

Pausing Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQLServer)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Pausing Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQLServer)

It is possible for the SQL Administrator to manually put Microsoft SQL Server into a PAUSED state whereby existing connections to the Microsoft SQL Server can continue processing, but no new connections are allowed. In this case, SIOS Protection Suite detects that the…

Oracle Hierarchy Administration Guidelines

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Hierarchy Administration » Oracle Hierarchy Administration Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for administering your Oracle hierarchy: Access via protected communication paths. To ensure that users can access the Oracle SID, regardless of the physical system on which it is running, all remote access of the database should be done…

PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration

Follow these guidelines when administering your PostgreSQL Server. Access Via Protected Communication Paths Reserve Volumes For Exclusive PostgreSQL Use Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite Creating and Protecting Additional…

SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation » SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper Overview DataKeeper with High Availability – Cluster Edition Overview SIOS DataKeeper is a highly optimized host-based replication solution which ensures your data is replicated as quickly and as efficiently as possible from your source server…

Manage User Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Manage User Menu

Select Management Action: Show Current User – Display the current user name used by the protected resource hierarchy. Change Password – Update the user password for the current user associated with the protected resource hierarchy. Change User…

LCD Directory Structure

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LCD Directory Structure

Major subdirectories under $LKROOT (by default, c:\LK): Admin. Scripts for SIOS Protection Suite core and Recovery Kits. Config. SIOS Protection Suite configuration files, including shared equivalencies. Bin. SIOS Protection Suite executable…

Active-Standby Grouping

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » Active-Standby Grouping

In an active/standby group, the primary server is processing, and the back-up servers are standing by in case of a failure on the primary server. The standby systems can be smaller, lower-performance systems, but they must have the processing capability to assure…

Running Microsoft SQL Management Tools

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Running Microsoft SQL Management Tools

Open the Microsoft SQL Server Configuration Manager (SQL 2005) only when needed and do not run it constantly. If the Microsoft SQL Server Configuration Manager (SQL 2005) is open and active at the database level, it may prevent the SQL hierarchy from coming into…

Bring In Service Failed

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Troubleshooting Tips » Bring In Service Failed

Suggestion Check to see if any other Oracle resource is already in service on the system you are trying to bring in service and/or that shared volumes can be accessed from this system. If additional time is required for the Oracle service to reach the running state,…

Replication Settings

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Replication Settings

From the Volume Resource Properties page, select the Replication Settings button to set the compression level, the network throttling or the SIOS Protection Suite Delete Mirror flag for a replicated volume. Field Tips Select Targets Select…

SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit software lets you tie the data integrity of PostgreSQL-based databases to the increased availability provided by SIOS Protection Suite for Windows. The LifeKeeper GUI allows you to easily create a PostgreSQL…

Recovery Kit Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Recovery Kit Installation

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit is distributed via ftp download. Installation is simple and quick using InstallShield to provide a standard installation interface. Before installing the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery…

AWS Issues and Workarounds

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » AWS Issues and Workarounds

Question What is the best practice for shutting down clustered VMs in AWS? Answer If shutting down the primary source node, all cluster roles depending on a SIOS DataKeeper Volume Resource should be placed in the Offline state. Also make sure all mirrors are in the…

Hyper-V Host Cluster Error

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » Hyper-V Host Cluster Error

Failover Cluster Error After Changing Virtual Machine Configuration While VM Is Clustered Description If Failover Cluster Manager is used to modify the VM configuration while the VM is clustered such as adding a Network Interface to the VM, “Refresh Virtual…

GUI Error Messages

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Error Messages

Description Error 101: Illegal argument was passed. Error 102: This program requires a Java Virtual Machine Version 1.5 or greater to run properly. Please refer to the LifeKeeper GUI documentation to verify your setup. Error 103: Could not set Look and Feel for…

Database Config Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Database Config Menu

This menu allows users to modify the list of optional SQL Databases that are protected under the resource hierarchy. SIOS Protection Suite will monitor all protected optional SQL Databases by performing a SQL query to test the connection to the database (see…

Symptoms and Solutions

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Troubleshooting » Symptoms and Solutions

SYMPTOM Identical sites are created on both the primary and the secondary servers, but the sites are not displayed in the Site Name list in the Create Resource Wizard. SOLUTION Check that the same optional parameters are specified and their values are also the…

Installing and Using DataKeeper Cluster Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Core Platforms

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Installing and Using DataKeeper Cluster Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Core Platforms

Prepare the servers. Install Windows Server 2008 R2/2012 Core on two servers, configure IP, join a domain, configure firewall for remote administration, configure the server for remote access and install the Failover Cluster feature. Server Core Installation…

Server Configuration Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations

PostgreSQL Server Configuration Considerations Before you install and configure your PostgreSQL database clusters, it is important to understand how to configure them. It is also important to understand the concepts of Active/Standby and Active/Active configurations,…

N-Shared-Disk Replicated to Multiple N-Shared-Disk Targets

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started » N-Shared-Disk Replicated to Multiple N-Shared-Disk Targets

This is a complex configuration which combines the aspects of replicating a shared storage environment to multiple shared targets. Example: USE CASE Users who wish to provide the same level of availability in their DR site will deploy this…

Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

This guide explains how to install a single SQL Server node and extend it to a clustered node. Please read this document carefully prior to installation. Planning Steps: Start with a Microsoft SQL Server standalone node, where data resides on the C drive. Note:…

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit software lets you tie the data integrity of Microsoft SQL-based databases to the increased availability provided by SIOS Protection Suite for Windows. The LifeKeeper GUI allows you to easily create a SQL…

SQL Server Hierarchy Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration

Follow these guidelines when administering your SQL Server. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Access Via Protected Communication Paths User Resource Name…

Performing a Manual Switchover from the GUI

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy » Performing a Manual Switchover from the GUI

You can initiate a manual switchover from the LifeKeeper GUI by selecting Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request executed on a backup server causes the application hierarchy to be taken out of service on the primary server and placed…

Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

Any manual action requires that all users be logged off of the SQL Server resources. Local processes that have read-only access to volumes do not prevent removal of a resource from service but may cause a restore to fail when you try to switch back. Examples might be…

SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction

LifeKeeper Oracle The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit provides a way to recover an Oracle database instance (version 10g, 11g or 12c) from a failed server to a backup server. You can also extend the protection of the database instance to other servers. Using the…

Intensive I-O with Synchronous Replication

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » Intensive I-O with Synchronous Replication

Description Due to the nature of synchronous replication (blocking volume writes while waiting for a response from the target system), you may experience sluggish behavior with any applications that are writing to the mirrored volume. The frequency of these events…

Recovery Operations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy » Recovery Operations

When the primary server fails, the LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit software performs the following tasks: Brings the IIS resource hierarchy into service on the backup server by bringing In Service the IP address(s) on one of that server’s physical network…

Protecting FTP Sites with Non-Anonymous Login

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Protecting FTP Sites with Non-Anonymous Login

The default procedure used to monitor protected FTP sites is to connect to the site and use an anonymous login. This feature is performed by the LifeKeeper deep check process assigned to monitor each FTP site. If your site does not permit an anonymous login, the…

PostgreSQL Administrative Login

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » PostgreSQL Administrative Login

During the creation of a SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL resource the user must enter a PostgreSQL administrative username for that database cluster. This administrative username is used for client connections through the psql utility. The username: Must have the…

Recovering After a Failover

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Recovering After a Failover

After SIOS Protection Suite performs a failover recovery from a primary server (ServerA) to a backup server (Server B), perform the following steps: Monitor failover. When SIOS Protection Suite on Server B performs a failover recovery from Server A, status messages…

Use Different Volume for Multiple IIS Sites

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Use Different Volume for Multiple IIS Sites

When the LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit creates an IIS resource hierarchy, it creates dependencies associated with the IP address and content volume using the home directory path designated in the IIS configuration. We recommend that if you protect multiple…

Health Check Timeouts

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Health Check Timeouts

SYMPTOM: Occasionally, SIOS Protection Suite is installed on a system that is not performing well. There are tell-tale signs of abnormal system behavior that SIOS Protection Suite can detect such as the health check processes not starting or ending properly. The most…

Installation – Shared Storage Systems

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installation – Shared Storage Systems

On the Primary Server Power down the backup server so that there is no chance of simultaneous access to your shared storage. Use the Windows Disk Management tool to configure your disk resources and define the shared volumes that you want to use. (Be sure the…

Disk-to-Disk

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started » Disk-to-Disk

This is a simple one server, two disks configuration, mirroring Volume X on Server A to Volume Y on Server A. The volumes that are used for Disk-to-Disk replication can’t also be configured to replicate to another system. *Disk to Disk does not support mirrors…

N-Shared-Disk Replicated to One

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started » N-Shared-Disk Replicated to One

This configuration allows you to replicate the shared volume(s) of the primary site to a remote system across the network. This configuration is ideal for providing local failover within the Primary Site and disaster recovery protection should the entire Primary…

Registry Entries

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Registry Entries

The following registry entries are associated with the SIOS DataKeeper service or driver and can be viewed using Regedt32. The first section contains entries that may be modified; the second section contains entries that are for viewing only and should not be…

Performing Actions on Replicated Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Performing Actions on Replicated Volumes

To perform actions on a replicated volume resource using the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the replicated volume resource and select the action you wish to perform from the context menu. If you have the Properties Panel enabled (View->Properties Panel), the resource…

Before Installing Oracle

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Before Installing Oracle

Before you install the Oracle software, the servers and storage must be configured and LifeKeeper must be installed on each server in the cluster. By doing so, you can then install Oracle onto a volume that is already LifeKeeper-protected. Replicated Storage…

Process Config Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Process Config Menu

This menu allows users to modify the list of optional SQL Processes that are protected under the resource hierarchy. SIOS Protection Suite will monitor all protected optional services (see Monitoring Your SQL Hierarchy). Select Action: Add Process – Add an…

Create and Extend Failure

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Create and Extend Failure

Create and Extend Fail if Master or User Databases on System Drive Symptom: The Create and Extend of a Microsoft SQL Server resource will fail if the Master or any user databases are located on the system drive or a volume that cannot be protected by SIOS Protection…

IIS Overview

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Overview

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit protects Internet servers from the following problems: System failure or server shutdown Network Interface Card (NIC) failures Communication failures (Web server is running but stops…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes

SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes Version 8.6.2 (Version 8 Update 6 Maintenance 2) Important!! Read This Document Before Attempting To Install Or Use This Product! This document contains last minute information that must be considered before, during…

Help Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Menus » Help Menu

The Help Menu provides links to the Release Notes and Technical Documentation as well as descriptions of this documentation as follows: Release Notes: Each product version provides Release Notes containing not only new features but also important information such…

What is Split-Brain

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » What is Split-Brain

When all of SIOS Protection Suite’s comm paths are disconnected and if Automatic Node Failover is enabled, each side of SIOS Protection Suite assumes that the other side is dead and attempts to bring all the resources in service. In the case of a SIOS DataKeeper…

SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)

Symptom When protecting SQL Server 2008 R2 services, the “SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)” may be selected as an optional protected service. However, if the time required to start this service exceeds the default Windows service timeout, you…

Performing Rewind on Replicated Volume Resources

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Performing Rewind on Replicated Volume Resources

To perform a rewind operation on a replicated volume resource using the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the replicated volume resource and select Rewind Target Volume from the context menu. If you have the Properties panel enabled (View->Properties Panel), select the…

Switchover in an N-Shared x N-Shared Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Switchover in an N-Shared x N-Shared Configuration

In a multi-shared storage environment between two sites (as shown in the diagram below), each server in each site has access to the storage being shared between the servers at that site. When a DataKeeper mirror is created, one server in each site will be designated…

N-Shared-Disk Replicated to N-Shared-Disk

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started » N-Shared-Disk Replicated to N-Shared-Disk

This configuration replicates data between sites where each site utilizes shared storage. Note that the number of systems in the Primary Site does not have to equal the number of systems in the Remote Site. Also note that only the Source Server has access to the…

One-to-Many (Multiple Targets)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started » One-to-Many (Multiple Targets)

This configuration involves one primary (source) system replicating one (or more) volume(s) to two different target systems across the network. This is referred to as a multiple target configuration. Note that there are two mirrors that are completely independent…

Read and Write Operations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Read and Write Operations

After the volume mirror is created and the two drives on the primary and secondary servers are synchronized, the following events occur: The system locks out all user access to the target volume; reads and writes are not allowed to the target volume. The source…

Configuration for Unattended Connections

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Configuration for Unattended Connections

During the creation of a SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL resource, the user must enter a PostgreSQL administrative username for that database cluster. No password is requested for this username by the PostgreSQL recovery kit. Therefore, for the connection tests…

LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit Recovery Variables

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Hierarchy Administration » LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit Recovery Variables

The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit installation creates 3 registry entry variables stored in the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SIOS\LifeKeeper\RK\ORAapp MAXWAIT is a decimal integer that specifies the number of seconds that the recovery kit will…

Common Hardware Components

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configurations » Common Hardware Components

All SIOS Protection Suite configurations share these common components as illustrated in the diagram below: Server Groups. The basis for the fault resilience provided by SIOS Protection Suite is clustered Windows servers. The servers, also referred to as SIOS…

IIS Configuration Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » IIS Configuration Considerations

LifeKeeper places certain restraints on your Internet server configurations. These restrictions will ensure that the standby web server/site can successfully and completely replace the active web server/site. Default Web Site or New Web Site The Default Web Site…

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Quick Start Guide

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Quick Start Guide

This topic provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring DataKeeper Standard Edition. The series of steps includes links into the documentation that describe each step in detail. Prerequisites and Installation Read the SIOS Protection Suite for…

SQL Server Configuration Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations

Before you install and configure your clusters, it is important to understand the concepts of Active/Standby configuration, and how multiple instances can be set up in a SQL configuration. SQL Configuration A configuration is Active/Standby when there is only one…

Tunable Settings for the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Tunable Settings for the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit

The PostgreSQL Recovery Kit provides tunable environment variables to help customize resource protection in certain scenarios. To change the values of these variables, edit the file %LKROOT%\etc\default\LifeKeeper. No processes need to be restarted for the new settings…

Silent Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Installation » Silent Installation

Silent Installation of DataKeeper Cluster Edition *To perform the silent installation for SIOS Protection Suite for Windows, you must contact Support to get separate LifeKeeper and DataKeeper installation files. You can install DataKeeper Cluster Edition for Windows…

SIOS DataKeeper Signal Reporting to a SIOS iQ Appliance

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » SIOS DataKeeper Signal Reporting to a SIOS iQ Appliance

Introduction SIOS DataKeeper includes a set of tools and configuration files that can be used to report Windows events to a SIOS iQ appliance. SIOS iQ is an IT Analytics system that can be used to optimize your computing infrastructure through the use of machine…

Configuring GUI Users

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » LifeKeeper GUI User Accounts » Configuring GUI Users

There are three classes of GUI users with different permissions for each. Users with Administrator permission throughout a cluster can perform all possible actions through the GUI. Users with Operator permission on a server can view configuration and status…

Network Bandwidth

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Network Bandwidth

Because DataKeeper can replicate data across any available network, special consideration must be given to the question, “Is there sufficient bandwidth to successfully replicate the volume and keep the mirror in the mirroring state as the source volume is updated…

Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation » Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

If your configuration uses a shared storage device or you are using SIOS DataKeeper, you may choose a configuration that will be extended to a third (or more) server(s). If it has not already been done, configure two systems following the steps given in Installation…

Configuring the Postmaster Port Argument

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Configuring the Postmaster Port Argument

To properly manage the PostgreSQL database cluster the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit requires the postmaster process to be running with the port argument: “-p port”. The port is required to create a PostgreSQL resource hierarchy and for monitoring once the hierarchy is…

DataKeeper Volume Resize

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Mirrors » DataKeeper Volume Resize

DataKeeper allows users to extend and shrink their DataKeeper volumes dynamically while retaining mirror settings. Once the resize is complete, a partial resync will be performed. Note: This resize procedure should be performed on only one volume at a time. !WARNING …

DataKeeper Target Snapshot

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » DataKeeper Target Snapshot

Overview DataKeeper’s target snapshot feature, integrated with both DataKeeper and DataKeeper Cluster Edition, is the process of creating point in time copies of replicated volumes allowing access to data on a standby cluster node without interrupting data…