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Primary Server Shutdown

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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…

Server Properties – CommPath

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Server Context Menu

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The server context menu appears when you right-click on a server in the status table. The actions are always invoked on the server that you select. View Logs. View SIOS Protection Suite log messages. Create Resource Hierarchy. Create a resource hierarchy. Create…

Edit Menu – Server

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This submenu of the main menu bar is the same as the default server context menu except that you must select a server when you invoke actions from this menu. The Edit > Server menu cannot be customized. View Logs. View SIOS Protection Suite log messages. Create…

Secondary Server Failures

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Secondary Server Failures

In the event there is a failure affecting the secondary (target) system, the affected mirror is marked Paused. It is necessary to correct the condition that caused the secondary to fail and then resync the volumes. There are no write attempts made to the target after…

GUI Server Troubleshooting

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Server Troubleshooting

Symptom The LifeKeeper GUI uses Ports 81 and 82 on each server for its administration web server and Java remote object registry. If another application is using the same ports, the LifeKeeper GUI will not function properly. Solution These values may be changed by…

SQL Server Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation

Proper operation of the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit depends upon correct setup of the hardware and software. Before continuing, please preview the Hierarchy Administration section of this guide. This section provides general guidelines,…

PostgreSQL Server Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation

Proper operation of the SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit depends upon correct setup of the hardware and software. Before continuing, please preview the Hierarchy Administration section of this guide. This section provides general guidelines,…

SQL Server Services

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Services

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit will monitor and protect the following services: SQL2008(R2), 2012, 2014 or 2016: Core Services Optional Services SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) SQL Server Agent …

Server Not Responding

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Troubleshooting Tips » Server Not Responding

TCP/IP Client Cannot Access Server (Server Not Responding) After a Successful Switchover by LifeKeeper Insight The client system has old information in its IP-to-Physical address translation table used by address resolution protocol (arp). Suggestion The IP address…

Server Configuration Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations

PostgreSQL Server Configuration Considerations Before you install and configure your PostgreSQL database clusters, it is important to understand how to configure them. It is also important to understand the concepts of Active/Standby and Active/Active configurations,…

Server Context Toolbar

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Toolbars » Server Context Toolbar

The server context toolbar is displayed in the properties panel when you select a server in the status table. The actions are invoked for the server that you select. Disconnect. Disconnect from a cluster. Refresh. Refresh GUI.…

Viewing Server Properties

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Common Tasks » Viewing Server Properties

To view server properties: If the Properties Panel is enabled, simply select the server in the Status Table and the properties will be displayed in the Properties Panel. If the Properties Panel is disabled, select the server and then select Properties in the…

SQL Server Configuration Considerations

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations

Before you install and configure your clusters, it is important to understand the concepts of Active/Standby configuration, and how multiple instances can be set up in a SQL configuration. SQL Configuration A configuration is Active/Standby when there is only one…

SQL Server Hierarchy Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration

Follow these guidelines when administering your SQL Server. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Access Via Protected Communication Paths User Resource Name…

Two-Server Cluster Issue

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Two-Server Cluster Issue

Symptom In a two-server cluster, when the primary server fails or is shut down which causes the hierarchies to fail over to the backup server, and the backup server also fails or is shut down before the hierarchies are entirely failed over to the backup server, the…

PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration

Follow these guidelines when administering your PostgreSQL Server. Access Via Protected Communication Paths Reserve Volumes For Exclusive PostgreSQL Use Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite Creating and Protecting Additional…

Viewing Server Log Files

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Common Tasks » Viewing Server Log Files

To view server log files: Select a server and then select View Logs from the Server Context Menu or Server Context Toolbar. This will bring up the Log Viewer Dialog. When you are finished, click OK to close the dialog.

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.

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.

Server 2012: Server Manager “File and Storage Services” Disk Status

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » Server 2012: Server Manager “File and Storage Services” Disk Status

Question Why are DataKeeper Volumes that are being used in a Microsoft Failover Cluster not shown by Server Manager as “Clustered”? Answer On Server 2012, the new Server Manager tool is capable of detecting if a complete “Disk” is being used by Failover…

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…

Managing a SQL Server Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Managing a SQL Server Configuration

To administer a protected SQL Server resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the SQL Server resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select properties, then select the SQL Server Configuration tab. Use the SQL Server Configuration page to…

Windows Server 2016 Specific Issues

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For issues related to Windows Server 2016, see the following topic: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Occasional Job Creation Failure

SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)

Symptom When protecting SQL Server 2008 R2 services, the “SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER)” may be selected as an optional protected service. However, if the time required to start this service exceeds the default Windows service timeout, you…

Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

As your environment grows, you may need to add new Microsoft SQL Server databases on new shared or replicated volumes. You should perform the following tasks to add the new volumes to the SIOS Protection Suite hierarchy before administering the new databases within…

Pausing Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQLServer)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Pausing Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQLServer)

It is possible for the SQL Administrator to manually put Microsoft SQL Server into a PAUSED state whereby existing connections to the Microsoft SQL Server can continue processing, but no new connections are allowed. In this case, SIOS Protection Suite detects that the…

Maintaining SQL Server Login and Passwords

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Maintaining SQL Server Login and Passwords

During the creation of a SIOS Protection Suite SQL resource, the user must enter a SQL administrative username and password for that instance of Microsoft SQLServer. Should the password of this username change at some point in the future, the SQL resource must be…

LifeKeeper GUI Server and Client Components

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » LifeKeeper GUI Server and Client Components

The LifeKeeper GUI server is initialized on each SIOS Protection Suite server at system startup. It communicates with LifeKeeper GUI clients using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). You can connect to the LifeKeeper GUI server with…

Viewing The Status Of A Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Common Tasks » Viewing The Status Of A Server

The state of a server can be determined by looking at the graphic representation of the server in the table’s header as shown below. Server State Visual State What it Means ALIVE Client has valid connection to the…

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…

Install and Configure SMTP Virtual Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Install and Configure SMTP Virtual Server

Follow the steps below to create an SMTP Virtual Server. You need to add a new virtual server on each system and configure the pair to be identical. Use the LifeKeeper GUI to bring the switchable IP address and protected volume, if any, in-service on the primary…

Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

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…

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…

WSFC 2012 Server Manager -- Incorrect Volume Display

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Description In Windows Server 2012, volume status can be viewed and volume manipulation can be performed within Server Manager > File and Storage Services > Volumes. However, when using DataKeeper volumes with cluster resources, this interface will not accurately…

Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

Any manual action requires that all users be logged off of the SQL Server resources. Local processes that have read-only access to volumes do not prevent removal of a resource from service but may cause a restore to fail when you try to switch back. Examples might be…

WSFC 2012 New File Server Type Not Supported

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Description Windows Server 2012 now offers two options for File Server Resources: File Server for General Use Scale-Out File Server for Application Data (NEW) The new option, “Scale-Out File Server for Application Data”, is not currently…

SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit software lets you tie the data integrity of PostgreSQL-based databases to the increased availability provided by SIOS Protection Suite for Windows. The LifeKeeper GUI allows you to easily create a PostgreSQL…

Windows Server 2012 -- Simultaneous Move of Multiple Clustered File Server Roles Can Result in DataKeeper Switchover Failures

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » Windows Server 2012 -- Simultaneous Move of Multiple Clustered File Server Roles Can Result in DataKeeper Switchover Failures

Description If more than one File Server role is created in Failover Clustering, each of which is using one or more DataKeeper Volume resources for storage, errors can occur if two or more roles are manually moved from one node to another simultaneously. In some…

WSFC 2012 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster Manager

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » WSFC 2012 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster Manager

Description Once a cluster File Server role is created, neither Server Manager nor Failover Cluster Manager can be used to initially create the share. Suggested Action Microsoft Article 2804526 provides a high level overview of several WSFC Server 2012 issues…

Connecting ODBC Clients to Named Instances of SQL Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Connecting ODBC Clients to Named Instances of SQL Server

Symptom: After creating an ODBC connection to your SIOS Protection Suite cluster via the protected IP address, the connection fails after switching the SQL resource to the backup server. Suggested Action: Take each instance out of service and bring it back into…

Installing and Configuring SQL Server with SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installing and Configuring SQL Server with SIOS Protection Suite

Proper operation of the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit depends upon correct setup of the hardware and software. This section provides general guidelines, configuration details and troubleshooting hints to help you administer Microsoft SQL…

Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

This guide explains how to install a single SQL Server node and extend it to a clustered node. Please read this document carefully prior to installation. Planning Steps: Start with a Microsoft SQL Server standalone node, where data resides on the C drive. Note:…

Windows Server 2012 Default Information Missing During Mirror Creation

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Creating Mirrors with Multiple Targets The first issue is during mirror creation in a multi-target configuration. In the final step, the user is prompted for secondary relationship information. In previous OS versions, a default Source IP is provided on this…

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit software lets you tie the data integrity of Microsoft SQL-based databases to the increased availability provided by SIOS Protection Suite for Windows. The LifeKeeper GUI allows you to easily create a SQL…

WSFC 2012 File Server Resource Manager Event Log Errors

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Description In Windows 2012, if a File Server Role is created which uses one or more DataKeeper Volume resources and the File Server Resource Manager feature is enabled on the system, then a series of “SRMSVC” errors (ID 8228) will be received on the…

Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

Although most of the administrative tasks for the PostgreSQL Server are done through the PostgreSQL tools, starting and stopping of the PostgreSQL Server should not be one of them: Consistent state – When SIOS Protection Suite stops and starts the PostgreSQL…

GUI Network Related – Initial Connection to Server Failed (Error 117)

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Initial Connection to Server Failed (Error 117)

Symptom Initial Connection to server failed (Error 117). If you are attempting to connect to a server that has two or more network interface cards (NICs), it could indicate a Java RMI binding problem where the first NIC (the one that appears first in the output of…

Running the GUI Application on a SIOS Protection Suite Server

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Running the GUI Application on a SIOS Protection Suite Server

You can also run the LifeKeeper GUI as an application on a SIOS Protection Suite server. By doing so, you are, in effect, running the GUI client and server on the same system. Only users with administrator privileges on the SIOS Protection Suite server are allowed to…

Configuring SQL Server to Connect Using the Switchable IP Address

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Configuring SQL Server to Connect Using the Switchable IP Address

By default, TCP/IP sockets are set as the default network protocol when SQL is installed. If this setting is modified at any time, use the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool to re-enable the TCP/IP network setting.

WSFC 2012 Server Manager -- DataKeeper “Disk” Not Shown as Clustered

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » WSFC 2012 Server Manager -- DataKeeper “Disk” Not Shown as Clustered

There are some inconsistencies in how cluster disks are shown in the “Disks” display under Server Manager > File and Storage Services > Volumes > Disks. The following screen shot shows an iSCSI Shared Disk and two DataKeeper Volumes in a cluster. There is…

Start and Stop SQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Start and Stop SQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

Although much of your administration of the Microsoft SQL Server is done through the Microsoft SQL Enterprise Manager, you derive two distinct benefits from bringing the Microsoft SQL Server in service and out of service using the SIOS Protection Suite administration…

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…

Recovering From a SIOS Protection Suite Server Failure in a 1 × 1 Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » Recovering From a SIOS Protection Suite Server Failure in a 1 × 1 Configuration

If a server in your SIOS Protection Suite cluster experiences a failure that causes re-installation of the operating system (and thus SIOS Protection Suite), you will have to re-extend the resource hierarchies from each server in the cluster. If a server in the cluster…

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

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » 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

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC SQL Server Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Clustering » Extending a Traditional 2-Node WSFC SQL Server Cluster to a Third Node via DataKeeper

When replicating from a WSFC SQL Server 2-node cluster to a third node via DataKeeper, the following tasks are required: Replace the existing WSFC physical disk resource with a DataKeeper volume resource that supports data replication. Change the quorum type to…

Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

The next step is to install the SIOS Protection Suite Core, which includes the IP Recovery Kit and Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit, on all servers. See the SIOS Protection Suite Installation topics for details on installing SIOS Protection Suite. You must have the same…

SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

Follow the steps below which contain links to topics with additional details. Perform these tasks on each server in the cluster. Ensure that the LifeKeeper services are running by checking the Services in the Administrative Tools on the Control Panel. You should see…

Administration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration

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

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…

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…

Restore Fails

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Restore Fails

Symptom: The Restore of a PostgreSQL Server resource will fail after switchover if the database cluster data directory access permissions are configured incorrectly. Suggested Action: Verify the access permissions are configured correctly. See step 3 in Creating and…

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…

Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

When performing shutdown and maintenance on a SIOS Protection Suite-protected server, you must put that system’s resource hierarchies in-service on the backup server before performing maintenance. This process stops all activity for shared disks on the system needing…

IIS Overview

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Overview

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit protects Internet servers from the following problems: System failure or server shutdown Network Interface Card (NIC) failures Communication failures (Web server is running but stops…

Intelligent Versus Automatic Switchback

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » Intelligent Versus Automatic Switchback

By default, the switchback setting of a resource is intelligent. This means that once the failover occurs for that resource from Server A to Server B, the resource remains on Server B until another failure or until an administrator intelligently switches the resource…

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…

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…

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…

Mirror Properties

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

Select a job in the Job Summary pane and right-click to choose Mirror Properties. This dialog displays the following information about the job, source and target systems: Job Name State (current state of the job; for example, Active) Source…

LifeKeeper GUI User Accounts

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » LifeKeeper GUI User Accounts

All LifeKeeper GUI users must belong to SIOS Protection Suite security groups. The SIOS Protection Suite administrator for a cluster can use local groups and user accounts on each server, or you can set up domain groups and users with local logon privileges. Logging…

GUI Network Related – Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt

Symptom Unknown Host Exception Message Generated During Connection Attempt. The LifeKeeper GUI Client and Server use Java RMI (Remote Method Invocation) technology to communicate. For RMI to work correctly, the client and server must use resolvable hostname or IP…

Non-mirrored Volume Resource

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

DEPLOYING MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2014 FAILOVER CLUSTERS IN AZURE RESOURCE MANAGER (ARM) Before beginning, make sure you read the DataKeeper Cluster Edition Release Notes for the latest information. It is highly recommended that you read and understand the DataKeeper…

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…

Installing Oracle

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Installing Oracle

Once you have installed LifeKeeper and configured the volume and communication resources, you are ready to install Oracle to the protected volume(s). Oracle 12c Installation: Oracle12c introduces some new installation options. The following options for software and…

GUI Overview

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » GUI Overview

The GUI allows users working on any machine to administer, operate or monitor servers and resources in any cluster as long as they have the required group memberships on the cluster machines. (For details, see Configuring GUI Users.) The GUI Server and Client…

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…

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…

Switchover in an N-Shared x N-Shared Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

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…

GUI Error Messages

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Error Messages

Description Error 101: Illegal argument was passed. Error 102: This program requires a Java Virtual Machine Version 1.5 or greater to run properly. Please refer to the LifeKeeper GUI documentation to verify your setup. Error 103: Could not set Look and Feel for…

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…

Installation and Configuration Details – Adding LifeKeeper to an Existing PostgreSQL Configuration

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation » Installation and Configuration Details – Adding LifeKeeper to an Existing PostgreSQL Configuration

This section covers installation and configuration of the SIOS Protection Suite and PostgreSQL software when adding LifeKeeper to an existing PostgreSQL configuration. The Primary server is assumed to be the location of the active PostgreSQL database cluster that will…

View Menu

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » Menus » View Menu

Expand Tree. Expand the status table to show all resources in all hierarchies. Collapse Tree. Collapse the status table to show only the top resource in each hierarchy. Row Height. Modify the row viewing size of the resources in the resource hierarchy tree and…

Configuring GUI Users

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI » LifeKeeper GUI User Accounts » Configuring GUI Users

There are three classes of GUI users with different permissions for each. Users with Administrator permission throughout a cluster can perform all possible actions through the GUI. Users with Operator permission on a server can view configuration and status…

Creating and Protecting Additional PostgreSQL Database Clusters

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Creating and Protecting Additional PostgreSQL Database Clusters

As your environment grows, you may need to add new PostgreSQL Server database clusters on existing or new shared or replicated volumes. To add and protect a new database cluster and the associated volume follow these steps: Create the volume resource. On the server…

GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

Symptom Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms. Solution From Sun FAQ: “Most likely, your host’s networking setup is incorrect. RMI uses the JavaAPI networking classes, in particular java.net.InetAddress, which will cause TCP/IP host name lookups for both…

Replication Settings

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Data Replication » Replication Settings

From the Volume Resource Properties page, select the Replication Settings button to set the compression level, the network throttling or the SIOS Protection Suite Delete Mirror flag for a replicated volume. Field Tips Select Targets Select…

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…

Silent Installation

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » DataKeeper Cluster Edition Installation Guide » Installation » Silent Installation

Silent Installation of DataKeeper Cluster Edition *To perform the silent installation for SIOS Protection Suite for Windows, you must contact Support to get separate LifeKeeper and DataKeeper installation files. You can install DataKeeper Cluster Edition for Windows…

Testing Your SQL Resource Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Configuration Considerations » Testing Your SQL Resource Hierarchy

You can test your SQL resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. Selecting Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request executed…

Testing Your PostgreSQL Resource Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Testing Your PostgreSQL Resource Hierarchy

You can test your PostgreSQL resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. Select Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request…

Testing Your Oracle Resource Hierarchy

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Resource Configuration Tasks » Testing Your Oracle Resource Hierarchy

You can test your Oracle resource hierarchy by initiating a manual switchover. This will simulate a failover of a resource instance from the primary server to the backup server. You can select Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request…

Installation – Shared Storage Systems

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installation – Shared Storage Systems

On the Primary Server Power down the backup server so that there is no chance of simultaneous access to your shared storage. Use the Windows Disk Management tool to configure your disk resources and define the shared volumes that you want to use. (Be sure the…

Recovering After a Failover

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Recovering After a Failover

After SIOS Protection Suite performs a failover recovery from a primary server (ServerA) to a backup server (Server B), perform the following steps: Monitor failover. When SIOS Protection Suite on Server B performs a failover recovery from Server A, status messages…

Active-Standby Grouping

SIOS DataKeeper for Windows Technical Documentation » NO TOC » SIOS Protection Suite for Windows » Configuration » Active-Standby Grouping

In an active/standby group, the primary server is processing, and the back-up servers are standing by in case of a failure on the primary server. The standby systems can be smaller, lower-performance systems, but they must have the processing capability to assure…

Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

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On the Primary Server Use the Windows Disk Management tool to configure your disk resources and define the replicated volumes that you want to use. (Be sure the volume size is adequate.) It is recommended that you use Windows Explorer to unshare from the network…