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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

User Interface

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » User Interface

SIOS DataKeeper User Interface The SIOS DataKeeper User Interface uses a standard MMC snap-in interface. The left pane displays the Console Tree view. This includes the Jobs and Reports. Currently, there are two reports available – Job Overview and…

User Interface

NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation » SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Introduction » User Interface

SIOS DataKeeper User Interface The SIOS DataKeeper User Interface uses a standard MMC snap-in interface. The left pane displays the Console Tree view. This includes the Jobs and Reports. Currently, there are two reports available – Job Overview and Server…

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…

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.

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…

Switchover and Failover with Multiple Targets

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Configuring Mirrors » Switchover and Failover with Multiple Targets

In a multiple target configuration, it is important to understand how DataKeeper mirrors will work in the following scenarios: Manual switchover to a target server Source server failure followed by a manual switchover to a target server Example: In the…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

PREPARETOBECOMETARGET

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

EMCMD PREPARETOBECOMETARGET This command should only be used to recover from a Split-Brain condition. It should be run on the system where the mirror is to become a target and is only valid on a mirror source. This command causes the mirror to be deleted and the…

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…

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…

SWITCHOVERVOLUME

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

EMCMD SWITCHOVERVOLUME [-f] This command attempts to make the given system become the source for the requested volume. This command is for internal use only. The parameters are: This is the IP address of the system to become source. Note: Use the…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Primary Server Shutdown

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Primary Server Shutdown

On a graceful shutdown of the source server, all pending writes to the target are completed. This ensures that all data is present on the target system. On an unexpected source server failure, the Intent Log feature eliminates the need to do a full resync after the…

Network Adapter Settings

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Network Adapter Settings

DataKeeper requires that “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” be enabled on the network interfaces to make a NAMED PIPE connection and be able to run DataKeeper’s command line tool (EMCMD). To test if you can make a Named Pipe connection,…

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 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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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 the -proxy option with EMCMD

NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation » Using the -proxy option with EMCMD

All EMCMD requests can be routed through a “proxy” DataKeeper service. To do this, append the options -proxy - to the end of the EMCMD command line. The should be given using the same format as the option. EMCMD will open a connection to the …

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

DKHEALTHCHECK

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » DKHEALTHCHECK

DKHealthCheck.exe, found in the \DKTools directory, is a tool that can provide basic mirror status and problem detection of mirror issues. SIOS Support may request that you run this tool as part of the Support process. Note: DKHEALTHCHECK output is captured by…

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.

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…

DELETELOCALMIRRORONLY

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

EMCMD DELETELOCALMIRRORONLY [] This command deletes the mirror only on the it is issued on. It handles the case when a mirror ends up with a target and no source or source and no target. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

READREGISTRY

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

EMCMD READREGISTRY This command tells the SIOS DataKeeper driver to re-read its registry settings. The parameters are: This can be either the source system or the target system. The drive letter of the mirror for which you want…

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…

Compression

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » WAN Considerations » Compression

DataKeeper allows the user to choose the compression level associated with each mirror. Enabling compression can result in improved replication performance, especially across slower networks. A compression level setting of 3-5 represents a good balance between CPU…

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…

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;…

GETEXTENDEDVOLUMEINFO

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

EMCMD GETEXTENDEDVOLUMEINFO This command returns extended volume information about the selected volume such as disk signature, physical disk offset and internal disk id. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target systems.…

DELETEMIRROR

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

EMCMD DELETEMIRROR [] This command deletes the mirror from both the source and the target if is a source. If is a target, it will delete the target side of the mirror only if the source system is down. The parameters are: This can be either the…

DKSUPPORT

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » DKSUPPORT

DKSUPPORT .cmd, found in the \SUPPORT directory, is used to collect important configuration information and event log files and put them in a zip file. SIOS Support Engineers will commonly request this zip file as part of the support process. To run this utility,…

Extensive Write Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Extensive Write Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper allows users to access the source during the creation and resync process. Extensive writes during the create or resync process increase the amount of time required to complete the operation. The user can also increase the MaxResyncPasses registry…

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…

GETRESYNCSTATUS

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

EMCMD GETRESYNCSTATUS This command returns information indicating the overall status of a resync operation. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target systems. The drive letter of the volume you want to set…

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…

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

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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…

CREATEMIRROR

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

EMCMD CREATEMIRROR [options] This command creates a mirror between two machines, using the same drive letter on each. The parameters are: This is the IP address of the source system (see Note below). This is the drive letter…

SETCONFIGURATION

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

EMCMD SETCONFIGURATION This command sets the net alert settings (also referred to as “volume attributes”) for the volume. The parameters are: This can be either the source or the target system. The drive letter of the…