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LifeKeeper GUI - Overview

The LifeKeeper GUI uses Java technology to provide a graphical status interface to LifeKeeper and its configuration data. Since the LifeKeeper GUI is a client/server application, a user will run the graphical user interface on a client system in order to monitor or administer a server system where LifeKeeper is executing. The client and the server may or may not be the same system.  The LifeKeeper 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 LifeKeeper GUI Server and Client components are described below.

GUI Server

The LifeKeeper GUI server is initialized on each server in a LifeKeeper cluster at system startup. It communicates with the LifeKeeper core software via the Java Native Interface (JNI), and with the LifeKeeper GUI client using Remote Method Invocation (RMI).

GUI Client

The LifeKeeper GUI client is designed to run either as an application on a Linux system, or as an applet which can be invoked from a web browser on either a Windows or Unix system.

The LifeKeeper GUI client includes the following graphical components:

Right-clicking on a graphic resource, server, or table cell will display a context menu. Most tasks can also be initiated from these context menus, in which case the resources and servers will be automatically determined.

Starting GUI clients

Starting the LifeKeeper GUI Applet

To run the LifeKeeper GUI applet via the web open your favorite web browser and go to the URL http://<server name>:81 where <server name> is the name of a LifeKeeper server. This will load the LifeKeeper GUI applet from the LifeKeeper GUI server on that machine.

After it has finished loading, you should see the Cluster Connect dialog, which allows you to connect to any GUI server.

NOTE:  When you run the applet, if your system does not have the required Java Plug-in, you will be automatically taken to the web site for downloading the plug-in. You must also set your browser security parameters to enable Java.

If you have done this and the client still is not loading, see GUI Troubleshooting.

Starting the application client

Users with administrator privileges on a LifeKeeper server can run the application client from that server.  To start the LifeKeeper GUI app run /opt/LifeKeeper/bin/lkGUIapp from a graphical window.

If you have done this and the client still is not loading, see GUI Troubleshooting.

Exiting GUI Clients

Select Exit from the File menu to disconnect from all servers and close the client.

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