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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 for Windows Technical Documentation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues

For issues related to Windows Server 2012, see the following topics: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Windows Server 2012 MMC Snap-in Crash Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target Role Does…

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…

Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming Issue

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming Issue

If you use the NIC Teaming feature of Windows Server 2012, Windows 2012 will report only one adapter MAC address for the license. If you have many underlying adapters, the MAC address will arbitrarily change and Windows may pick one of the adapters that may no longer…

Setup of iSCSI Initiator on Windows 2012

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

Once the virtual disks/targets are created, each of the cluster servers must initiate a connection to them via Microsoft’s iSCSI Initiator. From “Administrator Tools” in “Server Manager”, start “iSCSI Initiator”. Select the “Targets” tab and…

Awareness of Windows Filenames and Directory Names

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Awareness of Windows Filenames and Directory Names

Question Is SIOS DataKeeper aware of Windows filenames and directory names? Answer SIOS DataKeeper is implemented with a Windows kernel mode filter driver that sits above the physical disk driver but below the file system. As a result, the SIOS DataKeeper driver…

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…

Volumes Unavailable for Mirroring

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Volumes Unavailable for Mirroring

Question Why are some of my volumes not available for mirroring? Answer The SIOS DataKeeper service filters out the following types of disk partitions: Windows system volume Volume(s) that contain the Windows pagefile Non-NTFS formatted volumes (e.g. FAT,…

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. …

Specifying Network Cards for Mirroring

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Specifying Network Cards for Mirroring

SIOS DataKeeper allows the administrator to specify which IP addresses should be used as mirror end-points. This allows the replicated data to be transmitted across a specific network which permits the user to segment mirrored traffic away from the client network if…

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…

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 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…

Directory for Bitmap Must Be Created Prior to Relocation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » Directory for Bitmap Must Be Created Prior to Relocation

Description If you choose to relocate the bitmap file from the default location (%EXTMIRRBASE%\Bitmaps), you must first create the new directory before changing the location in the registry and rebooting the system.

Localized Language Supplement

NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Installation » Localized Language Supplement

For information regarding the Localized Language Supplement, please refer to the topic Installing LifeKeeper for Windows Localized Language Supplement in the SIOS Protection Suite Documentation.

Components

NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation » SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Introduction » Components

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

Known Issues and Workarounds

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds

Included below are known issues open against DataKeeper as well as possible workarounds and/or solutions. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Access to Designated Volume Denied Failed to…

FAQs

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs

Refer to this section for answers to the most frequently asked questions about SIOS DataKeeper. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Awareness of Windows Filenames and Directory Names AWS…

Performance Monitor Counters

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Understanding Replication » Performance Monitor Counters

SIOS DataKeeper provides counters that extend Performance Monitor with statistics about the status of mirroring on volumes. The counters are installed during the full installation of SIOS DataKeeper software. To access the counters, do the following: On a…

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…

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…

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;…

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 …

Reclaim Full Capacity of Target Drive

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Reclaim Full Capacity of Target Drive

Question How do I reclaim the full capacity of my target drive when I no longer need it for mirroring? Answer The file system on the target drive is overlaid by SIOS DataKeeper, thereby making it smaller than the actual partition size. Although Disk Management…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

Delete and Switchover Actions Grayed Out

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Delete and Switchover Actions Grayed Out

Question Why are the Delete and Switchover actions grayed out on the DataKeeper User Interface? Answer If the volume is under clustering protection (Microsoft clustering or SIOS LifeKeeper clustering), these actions are disabled.

GETSERVICEINFO

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

EMCMD GETSERVICEINFO This command retrieves version and other information about the SIOS DataKeeper service and driver that is running on the specified machine. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target systems. Sample…

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…

Licensing

NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite » Licensing

Obtaining and Installing the License DataKeeper Cluster Edition requires a unique license for each server. The license is a run-time license which means that you can install it without the license, but the license must be installed before you can successfully start…

Remove-DataKeeperMirror

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

This cmdlet will remove a DataKeeper mirror. It will attempt to remove the mirror from all nodes for this mirror. This command will not remove the mirror from any down or network inaccessible node. Parameters Parameter Type Required Position…

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…

Unable to Determine Previous Install Path

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Unable to Determine Previous Install Path

Installation – Fatal Error: Unable to Determine Previous Install Path Error/Message Fatal Error: Unable to determine previous install path. DataKeeper cannot be uninstalled or reinstalled. Description When performing a “Repair” or…

Remove-DataKeeperJob

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

This cmdlet will remove a DataKeeper job of a given ID. It will remove this job from all systems contained within the job. Parameters Parameter Type Required Position Notes JobID String Yes 0 The unique job…

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…

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…

Relocation of Intent Log

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

To relocate the Intent Log (bitmap file), please perform the following on all servers involved: *LEAVE THE MIRROR IN THE MIRRORING STATE! Do not pause it and then move the bitmap file. If you have more than one DataKeeper mirror, move all mirrors to a single system…

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 …

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…

Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration

The topics in this section provide detailed instructions for performing DataKeeper administration tasks. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DataKeeper…

Setup

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Setup

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…

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…

Many-to-One

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

This configuration involves multiple source servers replicating one (or more) volumes to the same target system. In this configuration, each volume being replicated to the target server must have a unique drive letter. Note: This is actually two One-to-One…

Managing Mirrors

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

From the Actions pane, you can select a job and manage all the mirrors in a job, or you can perform an action on a single mirror in a job. After selecting a job, you can: Pause and Unlock All Mirrors Continue and Lock All Mirrors Break All…

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…

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…

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…

Jobs

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

For ease of use and configuration, SIOS DataKeeper does much of its management of mirrors through an entity called a job. A job is a logical grouping of related mirrors and servers. This feature allows you to create a job for complex repetitive tasks and run them…

DKCE Support Matrix

NO TOC » DKCE Support Matrix

Server Components Supported Operating System v8.0.0 v8.0.1 v8.1.0 v8.2.0 v8.2.1 v8.3.0 v8.4.0 v8.5.0 v8.5.1 v8.6.0 v8.6.1 Note: The operating system versions listed…

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…

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…

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…

Continue and Lock

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Continue and Lock

This action locks the volume on the target system and then resumes the mirroring process. While the mirror is paused, writes on the source system are recorded in the SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log. When the Continue and Lock operation occurs, these changed blocks –…

Data Transfer Network Protocols

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Data Transfer Network Protocols

Question What are the network protocols used for SIOS DataKeeper Data Transfer? Answer SIOS DataKeeper uses named pipe communication and TCP Sockets.

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…

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…

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…

Split-Brain FAQs

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » FAQs » Split-Brain FAQs

Scenario I am using DataKeeper in a non-cluster environment. I am mirroring from Server1 at one site to Server2 at a second site. Communication is broken due to site-to-site VPN, and I need to fail over from Server1 to Server2. I cannot access Server1 from anywhere.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pause and Unlock

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Pause and Unlock

This command pauses the mirror and unlocks the volume on the target system. You may wish to unlock the target volume in order to make a backup of the volume. Warning: Any writes to the target volume while it is unlocked will be lost when the mirror is…

CHKDSK Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » CHKDSK Considerations

If you must run CHKDSK on a volume that is being mirrored by SIOS DataKeeper, it is recommended that you first pause the mirror. After running CHKDSK, continue the mirror. A partial resync occurs (updating those writes generated by the CHKDSK) and mirroring will…

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…

CHKDSK

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Restrictions » CHKDSK

Description If you must run CHKDSK on a volume that is being replicated by SIOS DataKeeper, it is recommended that you PAUSE the mirror before initiating the CHKDSK. After running CHKDSK, CONTINUE the mirror. A partial resync occurs (updating those writes generated…

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…

Working With Mirrors

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

Managing Mirrors Pause and Unlock Continue and Lock Partial Resync Break Resync Deleting a Mirror Replacing a Target DataKeeper Volume Resize Mirror Properties Changing the Compression Level of an Existing Mirror

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…

Bandwidth Throttle

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » WAN Considerations » Bandwidth Throttle

DataKeeper attempts to utilize all of the available network bandwidth. If DataKeeper is sharing the available bandwidth with other applications, you may wish to limit the amount of bandwidth DataKeeper is allowed to use. DataKeeper includes a feature called Bandwidth…

Installation

NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Installation

Once you have downloaded the DataKeeper Cluster Edition software, the topics that follow explain the installation process. Core Software Installing Core Third Party Product Files Application Directory Anomaly Localized Language Supplement Silent…

CHANGEMIRRORTYPE

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

EMCMD CHANGEMIRRORTYPE This command is used to change the mirror type of a mirror that is part of a DataKeeper job. Refer to the examples below. See Synchronous and Asynchronous Mirroring for information about the supported DataKeeper mirror types. …

Working With Jobs

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

Jobs Renaming a Job Deleting a Job Reassigning a Job Switching Over a Mirror

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

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…

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…

CLEARSWITCHOVER

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

EMCMD CLEARSWITCHOVER This command should be run on a target system where a mirror has been previously deleted with the DELETELOCALMIRRORONLY command and now needs to be re-established. This command clears the SIOS DataKeeper switchover flag that is set for a volume…