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Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

NO TOC » 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…

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 Volume Resize Restriction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » DataKeeper Volume Resize Restriction

The DataKeeper volume resize procedure should be performed on only one volume at a time.

Non-mirrored Volume Resource

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…

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…

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 a Job

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Setup » Creating a Job

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…

Volume Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Volume Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper primary and secondary systems have three types of volumes: system, non-mirrored and mirrored. During mirroring operations, system and non-mirrored volumes are not affected and the user has full access to all applications and data on these…

DataKeeper Components

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » DataKeeper Components

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows is comprised of the following components: DataKeeper Driver (ExtMirr.sys) – The DataKeeper Driver is a kernel mode driver and is responsible for all mirroring activity between the mirror endpoints. DataKeeper Service…

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…

DataKeeper User Guide

NO TOC » 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…

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…

Using Volume Shadow Copy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Using Volume Shadow Copy

Question Can Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) be Used with DataKeeper Volumes? Answer VSS Shadow Copy can be enabled for DataKeeper volumes. However, the following guidelines apply: VSS snapshot images must not be stored on a DataKeeper volume. Storing VSS snapshots on…

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,…

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…

Access to Designated Volume Denied

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Access to Designated Volume Denied

If access to the designated volume is denied, then check whether you are attempting to create the mirror while other applications are accessing the volume. During Mirror Creation, the volumes must be locked on the target system for exclusive access by the SIOS…

Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Setup » Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper Follow these steps to start using SIOS DataKeeper: Connect to the servers you wish to configure for replication. You can select Connect to Server from the Action pull down menu, right-click on the job folder in the left panel tree…

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…

Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » DataKeeper » Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

Follow these steps to start using SIOS DataKeeper: Connect to the servers you wish to configure for replication. You can select Connect to Server from the Action pull down menu, right-click on the job folder in the left panel tree display and select Connect to…

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…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes

NO TOC » 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…

Uninstalling SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

NO TOC » 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…

Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper includes a powershell module (DKPwrShell) that allows a user to manipulate a DataKeeper mirror using Microsoft Powershell. Commands are passed to a SIOS DataKeeper service and will fail if the service is not running. With Microsoft Powershell v3 or…

Using EMCMD with SIOS DataKeeper

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

The EMCMD utility that ships with SIOS DataKeeper provides users with a command line method to manipulate the mirror. Because these scripts run in situations where the “normal” validation rules may not apply, EMCMD does not perform the same kinds of sanity…

DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation

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DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide

NO TOC » 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 Cluster Edition Introduction

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…

Upgrading SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition

NO TOC » 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…

Bitlocker Does Not Support DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » Bitlocker Does Not Support DataKeeper

According to Microsoft, Bitlocker is not supported to work with Software RAID configurations. Since DataKeeper is essentially a software RAID 1, Microsoft does not support Bitlocker working with DataKeeper. Note: EFS (Encrypting File System) and TDE (Transparent Disk…

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation

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…

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…

DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password Selection

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password Selection

During a new DataKeeper installation setup, the user will be prompted for a DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password. The DataKeeper Service uses authenticated connections to perform volume switchovers and make mirror role changes across multiple servers. The Log On…

DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password Selection

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » DataKeeper Components » DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password Selection

During a new DataKeeper installation setup, the user will be prompted for a DataKeeper Service Log On ID and Password. The DataKeeper Service uses authenticated connections to perform volume switchovers and make mirror role changes across multiple servers. The Log On…

Renaming a Job

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Jobs » Renaming a Job

Select the job in the left Console Tree pane of the main DataKeeper window. You can select Rename Job from the Actions pane or right-click on the selected job and choose Rename Job from the menu that displays. Enter the new Job Name and new Job…

Reassigning a Job

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Jobs » Reassigning a Job

Use the Reassign Job function to move an existing mirror from one job to another without deleting the mirror. Select the job from the middle Summary panel. Right-click and select Reassign Job or select Reassign Job from the Actions panel. Select an existing…

Deleting a Job

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Jobs » Deleting a Job

Select the job in the left Console Tree pane of the main DataKeeper window. You can select Delete Job from the Actions pane or right-click on the selected job and choose Delete Job from the menu that displays. Select Yes to delete the selected job and…

Deleting a Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Deleting a Mirror

Question What actually happens when you delete a mirror? Answer The data remains on both sides, but the target and source data are no longer synchronized. The target volume is unlocked and made fully accessible.

Unextending a Hierarchy

NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Unextending a Hierarchy

The Unextend Resource Hierarchy option removes a complete hierarchy, including all of its resources, from a single server. This is different than the Delete Resource Hierarchy selection which removes a hierarchy from all servers. When using Unextend Resource…

Deleting a Mirror

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

This action discontinues replication and removes the mirror from the associated job. The target volume is unlocked and made fully accessible. Select the job that contains the mirror you want to delete. Right-click on the mirror and choose Delete Mirror or…

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…

Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012

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

The following topics will guide you in setting up Microsoft iSCSI Target with DataKeeper via the user interface. *NOTE: This configuration is not supported in a VMware ESX environment. …

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

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…

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.

Switching Over a Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Jobs » Switching Over a Mirror

The Switchover Mirror function enables you to switch over all the mirrors in a job or just one of the mirrors in a job. A “mirror” includes all variants for mirrors such as standard single-target replication and complex geometries such as multi-target…

Adding a Shared System

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Shared Volumes » Adding a Shared System

To add a shared system to either the source or target side of a mirror, you must be connected to that system. You can connect to the system prior to starting the Manage Shared Volumes dialog, or you can click Connect to Server from within the dialog. In either case,…

Disconnecting from a Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Setup » Disconnecting from a Server

Use this dialog to disconnect from a server. You may use this option if you no longer wish to view the server in the Administration Window. From the list of servers, select the server(s) that you wish to disconnect from and click Disconnect.

Removing a Shared System

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Shared Volumes » Removing a Shared System

To remove a shared system from either side of the mirror, bring up the Manage Shared Volumes dialog and uncheck the Include box for the system to be removed. When you click Done, the job will be updated so that the system is not part of the job. Warning: If a shared…

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

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;…

Windows Server 2012 MMC Snap-in Crash

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » Windows Server 2012 MMC Snap-in Crash

Description When using the DataKeeper user interface (MMC Snap-in) on Windows Server 2012, the mmc.exe process may crash unexpectedly due to an internal .Net or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) issue. The error may show up on the screen and/or the event…

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

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…

Inability to Create a Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Inability to Create a Mirror

Question Why can’t I create a mirror? Answer The common cause of this problem is that the volume on either source or target is in use by another process. Stop the process that is accessing the volume and try again. The SIOS DataKeeper software requires…

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

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…

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 Event Log – Create Mirror Failed in the GUI

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » System Event Log – Create Mirror Failed in the GUI

Error/Message Create Mirror Failed in the GUI. Description This can result if a vmms.exe program is holding on to volume and preventing SIOS DataKeeper from locking it.

Switchover in an N-Shared x N-Shared Configuration

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…

Duplicate IP Addresses Disallowed Within a Job

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » Duplicate IP Addresses Disallowed Within a Job

A DataKeeper job contains the endpoint information for all mirrors that are part of the job. This information includes the host name, IP address, and drive letter of each mirror endpoint. Within a job, an IP address cannot be duplicated on more than one node. For…

Server Login Accounts and Passwords Must Be Same on Each Server in the Cluster

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Server Login Accounts and Passwords Must Be Same on Each Server in the Cluster

The DataKeeper GUI cannot connect to the target server in a cluster if server Login Accounts and Passwords are different on each server. Error Message An Error Code 1326 will appear in the Application log (Note: The Error Code may also be a 2 with Event ID…

Configuration of Data Replication From a Cluster Node to External DR Site

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Configuration of Data Replication From a Cluster Node to External DR Site

Create a Mirror and Rename Job and Delete Job Actions Grayed Out

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Create a Mirror and Rename Job and Delete Job Actions Grayed Out

Question Why are the Create a Mirror, Rename Job and Delete Job actions grayed out? Answer If a node that is part of the job is down, these actions will not be enabled.

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…

Error Messages Log

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Error Messages Log

Question Where does DataKeeper log error messages? Answer DataKeeper events are logged in the Windows Application Event Log and the Windows System Event Log. Here is a breakdown of the messages you can look for. Application Event Log: Source = ExtMirrSvc –…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

User Interface – Shows Only One Side of the Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » User Interface – Shows Only One Side of the Mirror

If the SIOS DataKeeper UI shows a volume as a source and its corresponding target as available or a volume as a target with the corresponding source volume as available, you can use the command line utility to force an update to the SIOS DataKeeper GUI or delete 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 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…

Understanding Replication

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication

How SIOS DataKeeper Works At the highest level, DataKeeper provides the ability to mirror a volume on one system (source) to a different volume on another system (target) across any network. When the mirror is created, all data on the source volume is initially…

Get-DataKeeperVolumeInfo

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper » Get-DataKeeperVolumeInfo

This cmdlet is used to fetch information about a volume used in DataKeeper. It reports DataKeeper volume information. Parameters Parameter Type Required Position Notes Node String Yes 0 Use the Node parameter…

Initial Synchronization of Data Across the LAN or WAN

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » WAN Considerations » Initial Synchronization of Data Across the LAN or WAN

When replicating large amounts of data over a WAN link, it is desirable to avoid full resynchronizations which can consume large amounts of network bandwidth and time. DataKeeper avoids almost all full resyncs by using its bitmap technology. However, the initial…

ISPOTENTIALMIRRORVOL

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

EMCMD ISPOTENTIALMIRRORVOL This command checks to determine if a volume is a candidate for mirroring. The command may only be run on the local system. The parameters are: This should be the local system. The drive letter of the…

UPDATEVOLUMEINFO

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

EMCMD UPDATEVOLUMEINFO This command causes the SIOS DataKeeper service to query the driver for the correct mirror state. This command is useful if the DataKeeper GUI displays information that appears to be incorrect or not up-to-date. Note: The SIOS DataKeeper…

Resynchronization

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Resynchronization

SIOS DataKeeper Resynchronization SIOS DataKeeper performs resynchronization through the use of a bitmap file (intent log). It allocates memory that is used to keep track of “dirty” or “clean” blocks. When a full resync begins, SIOS DataKeeper…

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…

GETVOLUMEDRVSTATE

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

EMCMD GETVOLUMEDRVSTATE This command retrieves the current state of the SIOS DataKeeper device driver. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target systems. The drive letter of the volume you want to get the…

New-DataKeeperMirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper » New-DataKeeperMirror

This cmdlet is used to create a new DataKeeper mirror. Mirrors created with this cmdlet will be visible in the DataKeeper SnapIn (Reports > Server Overview). If a job exists that includes information that matches this mirror (systems, IP Addresses, Volumes, and Sync…

ISBREAKUSERREQUESTED

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

EMCMD ISBREAKUSERREQUESTED This command checks whether a broken mirror is a result of a user request. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target system. The drive letter of the volume that you want to check.…

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…

User Interface – Failed to Create Mirror

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » User Interface – Failed to Create Mirror

User Interface – Failed to Create Mirror, Event ID 137 Error/Message Failed to create the mirror. Event Id: 137 System Event Log Unable to initialize mirror on the target machine. Volume Device: Source Volume: E Target Machine: 10.17.103.135 Target Volume:…

New-DataKeeperJob

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper » New-DataKeeperJob

This cmdlet is used to create a DataKeeper job consisting of two nodes. Jobs created using this cmdlet will be added to the DataKeeper SnapIn the next time it is loaded. Parameters Parameter Type Required Position Notes JobName …

Stop Replication Between Source and Target

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Stop Replication Between Source and Target

Question How do I stop the replication between the Source and Target volumes? Answer Replication occurs at the driver level and can only be stopped or interrupted by sending a command from the DataKeeper GUI or the DataKeeper command line (EMCMD) to the DataKeeper…

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…

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…

Add-DataKeeperJobPair

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper » Add-DataKeeperJobPair

This cmdlet will add a node pair to an existing DataKeeper Job. It is used to expand the nodes and volumes contained within an existing job. For example, if a job exists for a volume between nodes A and B, and you want to add node C, run AddDataKeeperJobPair…

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…

Troubleshooting

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting

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

One-to-One

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

This is a simple one source, one target configuration, mirroring Volume X across the network. In addition to providing a second physical copy of the data, DataKeeper also provides the ability to switch over the mirror which allows the data to become active on the…

Using Disk Management

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Using Disk Management

When using the Windows Disk Management utility to access SIOS DataKeeper volumes, please note the following: Using Disk Management to delete partitions that are being mirrored is not supported. Deleting a partition that is part of a SIOS DataKeeper mirror will yield…

TAKESNAPSHOT

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

EMCMD TAKESNAPSHOT […] This command, run on the target system, will notify DataKeeper to establish a snapshot of the given volume(s) on the given system. If no snapshot location has been configured, the command will fail. The parameters are: …

Network Disconnect

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Network Disconnect

Scenario #1 In a 2-Node, non-clustering configuration (1×1) replicating a 100TB volume between Source server and Target server over a WAN connection, the network goes down for twenty minutes. Question In this scenario, what would happen to the Mirror State with…

DROPSNAPSHOT

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

EMCMD DROPSNAPSHOT [ …] This command will notify DataKeeper to lock the volume and clean up the snapshot files that it created. The parameters are: This is the IP address of the system containing the snapshot. This is the…

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…

Resize or Grow Mirrored Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Resize or Grow Mirrored Volumes

Question Can you resize or grow mirrored volumes? Answer Yes, beginning with Version 7.4, users can extend and shrink their DataKeeper volumes dynamically while retaining mirror settings. See DataKeeper Volume Resize for more information.