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Configuring Mirrors

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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

Installation – Shared Storage Systems

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…

Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

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…

Configuring GUI Users

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…

Configuring Generic Application Scripts

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…

Configuring Secure Servers

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Configuring Secure Servers

A secure server is a web server that uses Secure Socket Layers (SSL) for communication. Security is improved because the data sent and received are encrypted and because the web client and the web server can identify one another. Secure servers use https: rather than…

High-Speed Storage Best Practices

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » High-Speed Storage Best Practices

Configure Bitmaps If the DataKeeper default bitmap location (%ExtMirrBase%\Bitmaps) is not located on high-speed storage, you should move the bitmaps to a high-speed storage device in order to eliminate I/O bottlenecks with bitmap access. To do this, allocate a small…

Configuring the Postmaster Port Argument

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…

Installing and Configuring IIS with LifeKeeper

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Installing and Configuring IIS with LifeKeeper

Before proceeding, you should have already configured your storage and networking according to the recommendations in the previous chapters of this guide. Installation Checklist The installation and setup sequence should be performed in the following order (more…

Installing and Configuring LifeKeeper with Oracle

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…

Configuring SPS for Multibyte Language Encodings

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » Configuring SPS for Multibyte Language Encodings

LifeKeeper can operate in all system locales that are supported by Windows. However, locales that use multibyte character encodings (such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other Eastern languages) may require that LifeKeeper be configured to use the correct encoding…

Server 2012: Server Manager “File and Storage Services” Disk Status

Server 2012: Server Manager “File and Storage Services” Disk Status

Question Why are DataKeeper Volumes that are being used in a Microsoft Failover Cluster not shown by Server Manager as “Clustered”? Answer On Server 2012, the new Server Manager tool is capable of detecting if a complete “Disk” is being used by Failover…

Monitoring Your PostgreSQL Hierarchy

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…

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…

Monitoring Your SQL Hierarchy

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…

Unextend Your IIS Hierarchy

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…

Installing and Configuring SQL Server with SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installing and Configuring SQL Server with SIOS Protection Suite

Proper operation of the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit depends upon correct setup of the hardware and software. This section provides general guidelines, configuration details and troubleshooting hints to help you administer Microsoft SQL…

Configuring SQL Server to Connect Using the Switchable IP Address

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Configuring SQL Server to Connect Using the Switchable IP Address

By default, TCP/IP sockets are set as the default network protocol when SQL is installed. If this setting is modified at any time, use the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool to re-enable the TCP/IP network setting.

Testing Your SQL Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Testing Your SQL Resource Hierarchy

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

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Testing Your PostgreSQL Resource Hierarchy

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…

Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy

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

Testing Your Oracle Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Testing Your Oracle Resource Hierarchy

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…

Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL 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). Configure two systems following the steps given in Installing and Configuring SQL Server with…

Recovery Kit Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Recovery Kit Requirements

Before installing and configuring the LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements: Operating System software. LifeKeeper supports the following versions of Windows operating systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 and…

Common Hardware Components

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…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Quick Start Guide

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Quick Start Guide

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…

Recovery Kit Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Recovery Kit Requirements

Before installing and configuring the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements: SIOS Protection Suite supports the versions of Windows operating systems listed in the Operating System…

IIS Resource Configuration Tasks

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Resource Configuration Tasks

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

Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

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…

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

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…

Install and Configure Microsoft IIS on All Servers

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…

Installation and Configuration – Adding PostgreSQL to an Existing LifeKeeper Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation » Installation and Configuration – Adding PostgreSQL to an Existing LifeKeeper Configuration

This section covers installation and configuration of the SIOS Protection Suite and PostgreSQL software when adding PostgreSQL to an existing LifeKeeper cluster. These steps must be followed in order. On the Primary Server: Use the Window Disk Management tool to…

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…

PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration

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…

Installation and Configuration Details – Adding LifeKeeper to an Existing PostgreSQL Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation » Installation and Configuration Details – Adding LifeKeeper to an Existing PostgreSQL Configuration

This section covers installation and configuration of the SIOS Protection Suite and PostgreSQL software when adding LifeKeeper to an existing PostgreSQL configuration. The Primary server is assumed to be the location of the active PostgreSQL database cluster that will…

Hardware and Software Requirements

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…

IIS Configuration Considerations

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…

Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target Role Does Not Support Dynamic Disks

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target Role Does Not Support Dynamic Disks

Description The iSCSI Target Role only supports DataKeeper Volumes that are mirrors of Simple Volumes placed on Basic Disks. If any of your mirrors are using volumes such as Striped or Spanned volumes on a Dynamic Disk on either the source or target system, then you…

SQL Server Hierarchy Administration

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…

Document Content Location

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Document Content Location

Shared and Replicated Content Storage If the content volume is on a shared or replicated volume, both Web sites must point to the same shared or replicated volume and folder. The primary and backup servers must contain the same content files for the active and standby…

DataKeeper User Guide

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide

The topics in this section are designed to be a reference for you as you get started using SIOS DataKeeper, helping you identify the type of configuration you are interested in implementing and providing detailed instructions for effectively using your SIOS DataKeeper…

User Guide

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide

The topics in this section are designed to be a reference for you as you get started using SIOS DataKeeper, helping you identify the type of configuration you are interested in implementing and providing detailed instructions for effectively using your SIOS DataKeeper…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes

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…

Recovery Kit Installation

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…

Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration

Requirements/Considerations The topics in this section identify several prerequisites to be aware of before implementing your DataKeeper…

Help Menu

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…

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

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…

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…

IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions

The topics in this section will assist in configuring the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery…

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…

SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log

SIOS DataKeeper uses an intent log (also referred to as a bitmap file) to track changes made to the source, or to target volume during times that the target is unlocked. This log is a persistent record of write requests which have not yet been committed to both…

SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Introduction

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…

Symptoms and Solutions

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…

Identical Primary Backup Web Sites

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Identical Primary Backup Web Sites

For each primary IIS site, you must create an identical backup IIS site on the other server. These two servers must be connected by a LifeKeeper heartbeat. In order for the primary and backup sites to be identical, the following criteria must be met: The site names…

Before Installing Oracle

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…

GUI Error Messages

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…

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

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…

Primary and Backup Designations

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Primary and Backup Designations

The server where the active site is created will be the primary LifeKeeper server for this Web site. The server where the standby site is created will be the backup server for this site. Keep in mind that the designations “primary” and “backup” server change…

Running the SIOS Protection Suite Web Client

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Running the SIOS Protection Suite Web Client

If you wish to administer SIOS Protection Suite from a system outside your cluster, you must use the web client. This is possible for remote systems running any operating system. SIOS Protection Suite for Windows cannot manage both Linux and Windows servers in a single…

Installation

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation

The topics in this section will assist in installing the LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hardware and Software…

GUI Overview

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » GUI Overview

The GUI allows users working on any machine to administer, operate or monitor servers and resources in any cluster as long as they have the required group memberships on the cluster machines. (For details, see Configuring GUI Users.) The GUI Server and Client…

Creating and Protecting Additional PostgreSQL Database Clusters

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…

Performance Tuning

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Performance Tuning

Please refer to the following topics for ways to improve SIOS DataKeeper performance. SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log – SIOS DataKeeper uses an intent log (also referred to as a bitmap file) to track changes made to the source, or to the target volume when the target…

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…

Firewall Configurations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Firewall Configurations

SIOS DataKeeper cannot function properly if the firewall settings for the source and target machines are not configured correctly. This means you will need to configure a rule for inbound and outbound connections on each server running SIOS DataKeeper as well as any…

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

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…

Maintenance Tasks

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks

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

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

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;…

Install and Configure SMTP Virtual Server

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…

SQL Server Configuration Considerations

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…

Extending a Clustered DataKeeper Volume to a Node Outside the Cluster

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…

Oracle Services

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Services

The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit protects the following Core/Standard Oracle services: Oracle Service Oracle TNS Listener The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit protects the following Optional Services for each release: Optional 10g Services Optional…

WSFC 2012 Cluster Creation Default Setting Issue

WSFC 2012 Cluster Creation Default Setting Issue

Description During the cluster creation process in Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has added a new option to automatically consume all disks and manage them through Failover Clustering. As a result, any attempts to create a mirror in DataKeeper will fail and a message…

Hyper-V Host Cluster Error

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…

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…

Creating the PostgreSQL Hierarchy

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…

Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

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:…

WSFC 2012 Server Manager — DataKeeper “Disk” Not Shown as Clustered

WSFC 2012 Server Manager — DataKeeper “Disk” Not Shown as Clustered

There are some inconsistencies in how cluster disks are shown in the “Disks” display under Server Manager > File and Storage Services > Volumes > Disks. The following screen shot shows an iSCSI Shared Disk and two DataKeeper Volumes in a cluster. There is…

Create Fails

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…

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…

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 …

WSFC 2012 Server Manager — Incorrect Volume Display

WSFC 2012 Server Manager — Incorrect Volume Display

Description In Windows Server 2012, volume status can be viewed and volume manipulation can be performed within Server Manager > File and Storage Services > Volumes. However, when using DataKeeper volumes with cluster resources, this interface will not accurately…

Installation of the iSCSI Target

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012 » Installation of the iSCSI Target

From the Server Manager menu, select “Add Roles and Features” from the “Manage” drop-down. Select the “Role-based or feature-based installation” option. From the list of servers presented, select the appropriate server. On the…

Oracle Overview

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…

WSFC 2012 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster Manager

WSFC 2012 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster Manager

Description Once a cluster File Server role is created, neither Server Manager nor Failover Cluster Manager can be used to initially create the share. Suggested Action Microsoft Article 2804526 provides a high level overview of several WSFC Server 2012 issues…

Manual Creation of a Mirror in WSFC

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…

Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC

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…

Resource Hierarchy for Oracle

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Resource Hierarchy for Oracle

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…

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…

Switchover in an N-Shared x N-Shared Configuration

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…

Windows Server 2012 — Simultaneous Move of Multiple Clustered File Server Roles Can Result in DataKeeper Switchover Failures

Windows Server 2012 — Simultaneous Move of Multiple Clustered File Server Roles Can Result in DataKeeper Switchover Failures

Description If more than one File Server role is created in Failover Clustering, each of which is using one or more DataKeeper Volume resources for storage, errors can occur if two or more roles are manually moved from one node to another simultaneously. In some…

Mirror Properties

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Mirror Properties

Select a job in the Job Summary pane and right-click to choose Mirror Properties. This dialog displays the following information about the job, source and target systems: Job Name State (current state of the job; for example, Active) Source…

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…

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 and edited using Regedt32. *No values in any DataKeeper registry key should be modified unless listed they are listed here. Registry Entries that MAY be…

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…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide

The DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide contains information on how to install and license your Cluster Edition software. Once you have completed the steps in this guide, you will be ready to configure your Cluster resources. The DataKeeper Cluster Edition…

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows

Your information resource for SIOS DataKeeper Standard Edition SIOS Technology Corp. maintains documentation for all supported versions of SIOS DataKeeper Standard Edition. We welcome your suggestions and feedback. To help us continue to improve our documentation,…

Connecting to a Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Setup » Connecting to a Server

Use this dialog to connect to the server of your choice. You may enter the IP address, system NetBIOS name or the full system domain name for the server. Click Connect to select it.

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit extends your SIOS Protection Suite product by adding specific protection to Internet servers. The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit continuously monitors the health of your Internet servers, and if a…

Creation of iSCSI Virtual Disks

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012 » Creation of iSCSI Virtual Disks

Perform the following on the primary server, wherever the iSCSI Target server is online at the moment. From Server Manager, navigate to File and Storage Services and select iSCSI. Click on the link “To create an iSCSI virtual disk, start the New iSCSI Virtual Disk…

DataKeeper Volume Resource Private Properties

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » DataKeeper Volume Resource Private Properties

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…

Synchronous and Asynchronous Mirroring

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Synchronous and Asynchronous Mirroring

SIOS DataKeeper employs both asynchronous and synchronous mirroring schemes. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages between synchronous and asynchronous mirroring is essential to the correct operation of SIOS DataKeeper. Synchronous Mirroring With synchronous…

Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper 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 across the network to one or more target servers. Features Some…

Getting Started

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Getting Started

Choose Your Configuration DataKeeper can be utilized in a number of different configurations to facilitate a number of different functions including: Provide a second physical copy of your data Extend an existing WSFC cluster to a remote DR site Review the…

Managing a SQL Server Configuration

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…

LCD Resource Types

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Advanced Topics » LCD Resource Types

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…

Change Mirror Endpoints

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Change Mirror Endpoints

Question Can I change the mirror endpoints (IP address) of a system currently associated with an existing mirror? Answer Yes. The EMCMD called CHANGEMIRRORENDPOINTS allows you to change the endpoints of a mirrored volume that is configured on 3 nodes or fewer. (If…

Licensing – License Key Not Found

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Licensing – License Key Not Found

Symptom After installing licensed recovery kit, the following error is logged to the Application Event Log by SIOS Protection Suite: “Process: Lkinit:(1832) *ERROR* (No. 20042) SPS Recovery Kit license key NOT FOUND”. Solution Use the SIOS Protection…

Create an IIS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Resource Configuration Tasks » Create an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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…

Start and Stop SQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Start and Stop SQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

Although much of your administration of the Microsoft SQL Server is done through the Microsoft SQL Enterprise Manager, you derive two distinct benefits from bringing the Microsoft SQL Server in service and out of service using the SIOS Protection Suite administration…

Java Mixed Signed and Unsigned Code Warning

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Java Mixed Signed and Unsigned Code Warning

Symptom When loading the LifeKeeper Java GUI client applet from a remote system, the following security warning may be displayed: Enter “Run” and the following dialog will be displayed: Block? Enter “No” and the LifeKeeper GUI will be allowed to…

Disconnecting From a Cluster

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Common Tasks » Disconnecting From a Cluster

This task disconnects your client from all servers in a cluster. Select a server from which you want to disconnect and then select Disconnect from the Server Context Menu or Server Context Toolbar. A Confirmation dialog listing all servers in the cluster is…

Licensing – Licensed Recovery Kit Resource Fails to Come In Service

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Licensing – Licensed Recovery Kit Resource Fails to Come In Service

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 )…

Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

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…

Remove Hangs During Recovery Kit Uninstall

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…

GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

Symptom Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms. Solution From Sun FAQ: “Most likely, your host’s networking setup is incorrect. RMI uses the JavaAPI networking classes, in particular java.net.InetAddress, which will cause TCP/IP host name lookups for both…

Connecting ODBC Clients to Named Instances of SQL Server

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…

SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

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…

Web Client Troubleshooting

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Web Client Troubleshooting

Background The web client does not display the Cluster Connect dialog. Answer If the web client does not display the Cluster Connect dialog, try the following: Check whether the applet failed. Usually a message is printed somewhere in the browser window…

Applet Troubleshooting

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Applet Troubleshooting

Description If the web client does not display the Cluster Connect dialog, try the following: Check whether the applet failed. Usually a message is printed somewhere in the browser window specifying the state of the applet. In Internet Explorer, an icon may appear…

Deleting an Oracle Hierarchy

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…

Deleting a PostgreSQL Hiearchy

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…

Deleting a SQL Hiearchy

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…

Delete an IIS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Resource Configuration Tasks » Delete an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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…

Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks

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…

LCDI Commands

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…

IIS Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » IIS Configuration

The following configuration rules must be followed to ensure LifeKeeper protection: IIS sites that do not have IP addresses specified in the “IPAddress” field of the Properties or Bindings form cannot be protected. If using a shared or replicated…

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…

Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

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…

Protecting FTP Sites with Non-Anonymous Login

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…

Admin Actions Menu

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 –…

Creating an Oracle Hierarchy

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…

Managing Shared Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Shared Volumes » Managing Shared Volumes

Once your mirrors have been created, DataKeeper allows you to manage your shared volumes. By choosing Manage Shared Volumes from the DataKeeper GUI, you can add another system, which is sharing a mirrored volume, to a job. It also allows you to remove a shared system…

Oracle Hierarchy Administration Guidelines

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…

Managing DNS Resources

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…

Database Config Menu

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…

Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

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…

DataKeeper Event Log Notification

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » DataKeeper Event Log Notification

The Event Log notification is a mechanism by which one or more users may receive email notices when certain events occur. The Windows Event Log can be set up to provide notifications of certain DataKeeper events that get logged. *Note: This option is only available…

Process Config Menu

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…

Using SIOS DataKeeper Standard Edition To Provide Disaster Recovery For Hyper-V Virtual Machines

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Using SIOS DataKeeper Standard Edition To Provide Disaster Recovery For Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Considerations When preparing a Hyper-V environment that spans subnets, subnetting may need to be taken into consideration for any applications that are running inside the virtual machine. Some applications “hard code” IP addresses into their…

System Grouping Arrangements

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…

Installing Oracle

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…

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

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Recovering From a SIOS Protection Suite Server Failure in a 1 × 1 Configuration

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…

Creating the SQL Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Creating the SQL Hierarchy

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…

Upgrading SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Upgrading SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

Upgrading DataKeeper Cluster Edition from previous versions of DataKeeper Cluster Edition is very straightforward. Simply run the installation process outlined below on all systems. The upgrade process stops the DataKeeper Service, copies the new files to the…

DataKeeper Notification Icon

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » DataKeeper Notification Icon

The DataKeeper Notification Icon is an application that will show a summary of your DataKeeper mirrors in the Windows Notification Tray. The icon displayed indicates what conditions have been detected, with the following priority. Error: An error condition, such as…

Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

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…

Replicated Volume Switchover Failure

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Replicated Volume Switchover Failure

Description If the DELETEMIRROR command fails during switchover of a replicated volume, the following error message will display in the Output panel: *WARNING* (No. 12104) Delete mirror action for volume R: failed with status 51 (command=C:/SDR/EMCmd10.10.1.2…

Extend an IIS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Resource Configuration Tasks » Extend an IIS Resource Hierarchy

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…

Maintaining SQL Server Login and Passwords

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…

Replacing a Target

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Replacing a Target

When replacing the target volume, you must either break the mirror or delete the mirror in order to ensure a full resync of the data from the source volume to the target volume when the target volume is back in place. Though similar to the Pause and Unlock, breaking…

Performing Offline Maintenance On A Shared Disk

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Performing Offline Maintenance On A Shared Disk

When performing offline maintenance on a shared SCSI host adapter or a disk on a shared bus, you must stop LifeKeeper and power down all servers and shared disks. Perform these actions in the following order: Stop LifeKeeper. Use the Services tool to stop the…

Extending a SQL Hierarchy

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…

Use Different Volume for Multiple IIS Sites

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…

IIS Overview

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…

Manage Oracle Database Configuration

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…

Uninstalling SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Uninstalling SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

Before Removing DataKeeper If planning to uninstall DataKeeper and reinstall a previous version, all jobs/mirrors must be deleted on each node prior to uninstalling. These will need to be recreated once software is reinstalled. Uninstall DataKeeper Cluster…

GUI Network Related – Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt

Symptom Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt. The LifeKeeper GUI Client and Server use Java RMI (Remote Method Invocation) technology to communicate. For RMI to work correctly, the client and server must use resolvable hostname or IP…

Replication Settings

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…

Changing the Network Interface Card (NIC)

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;…

Resources Subdirectories

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…

Uninstalling SPS for Windows

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…

Server Configuration Considerations

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,…

Health Check Timeouts

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…

CHANGEMIRRORENDPOINTS

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using EMCMD with SIOS DataKeeper » CHANGEMIRRORENDPOINTS

EMCMD CHANGEMIRRORENDPOINTS This command is used to change the replication IP addresses within systems that are already part of a DataKeeper job for the given volume. Note: This command supports changing the endpoints of a mirrored volume that is configured on 3…