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Installing the LifeKeeper Software

Install the LifeKeeper software on each server in the LifeKeeper configuration. Each LifeKeeper server must have the packages necessary to support your configuration requirements, including any optional LifeKeeper recovery kit packages. The LifeKeeper Installation Support CD (de.img) is installed first.  Then, the LifeKeeper Core is installed, followed by the optional recovery software.

You can install LifeKeeper using any rpm supported graphical interface or through the command line. This section provides instructions on installing the core package cluster using the rpm command from the command line - refer to the rpm(8) man page for complete instructions on using the rpm command

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Note: These installation instructions assume that you are familiar with the Linux operating system installed on your servers.


ERROR: Cannot find the /opt/LifeKeeper/config/postinstall-hook file. Have you installed the LifeKeeper Distribution Enabling package?

Installing the LifeKeeper Core Software from the Command Line

LifeKeeper can be installed through the command line, regardless of the Linux distribution you are operating under.

  1. Determine the mount point to your CD-ROM drive, and from the command line prompt, type

cd /mnt/cdrom/LifeKeeper*/RPMS

where /mnt/cdrom is your CD-ROM drive mount point.

  1. At the next prompt , type rpm -i <package name>.rpm

Note: If you are installing the LifeKeeper Core CD,  you must start with the LifeKeeper Core package first (steeleye-lk), then the rest of the packages on the Core CD:





The following optional package can be installed depending upon your environment:


  1. You will see informational messages during the installation. If you receive no error messages before you get another prompt sign, the LifeKeeper packages have installed correctly.
  2. Install the LifeKeeper software, as appropriate, on the other server(s) in the cluster using the same procedure.
  3. Next, install LifeKeeper recovery kits and optional software packages from their individual CDs using the same procedure.

For upgrade installations, you would use the rpm -U option in place of the rpm -i option. See Upgrading LifeKeeper for additional upgrade information.

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