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Manual Creation of a Mirror in WSFC

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Wait until the mirrors are in the Mirroring state. Create an Empty Application. Open the Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster GUI Right-click on Services and Applications (in Windows 2012, right-click on Roles) Expand More Actions (not in Windows…

Mirror Creation and Cluster Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Creating a Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Deleting a Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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.

Deleting a Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Creating a DataKeeper Volume Resource in WSFC

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Automatic Creation of a Mirror in WSFC Use the SIOS DataKeeper GUI to configure a mirror. At the completion of the mirror creation operation, the following dialog box will pop up which will allow you to automatically add the mirror as a DataKeeper volume…

Switching Over a Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

WSFC 2012 Cluster Creation Default Setting Issue

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » WSFC 2012 Cluster Creation Default Setting Issue

Description During the cluster creation process in Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has added a new option to automatically consume all disks and manage them through Failover Clustering. As a result, any attempts to create a mirror in DataKeeper will fail and a message…

Safe Creation of a Shared-Storage Volume Resource

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Inability to Create a Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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…

Creation of iSCSI Virtual Disks

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Creating Other Server Resource in WSFC

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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…

Mirror Properties

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Windows Server 2012 Default Information Missing During Mirror Creation

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » Windows Server 2012 Default Information Missing During Mirror Creation

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…

Change Mirror Type

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » FAQs » Change Mirror Type

Question Can you change the mirror type of an existing mirror from Synchronous to Asynchronous or vice-versa? Answer Yes, you can change the mirror type using the EMCMD CHANGEMIRRORTYPE command.

Mirror State Definitions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Administration » Using EMCMD with SIOS DataKeeper » Mirror State Definitions

The following numbers are used by the system to internally describe the various states. They are used by EMCMD, and they are also the state numbers found in event log entries. -1: Invalid State 0: No Mirror 1: Mirroring 2: Mirror is resyncing 3: Mirror is…

Change Mirror Endpoints

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » FAQs » Change Mirror Endpoints

Question Can I change the mirror endpoints (IP address) of a system currently associated with an existing mirror? Answer Yes. The EMCMD called CHANGEMIRRORENDPOINTS allows you to change the endpoints of a mirrored volume that is configured on 3 nodes or fewer. (If…

Safe Creation of Shared Disk Volume Instances

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Safe Creation of Shared Disk Volume Instances

In order to safely create a shared-storage volume resource, the user must ensure that only one system at a time has write access to the volume at any time. This includes the time prior to the creation of the SIOS Protection Suite instance. Since SIOS Protection Suite…

Changing the Compression Level of an Existing Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Changing the Compression Level of an Existing Mirror

The compression level of the mirror is set during mirror creation and applies to that specific mirror only. To change the compression level of an existing the mirror, edit the properties of the mirror from within the DataKeeper GUI. Select the mirror and click on…

Manual Switchover

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Hierarchy Administration » Manual Switchover

Manual switchover can be performed from the LifeKeeper GUI using the In Service option. LifeKeeper will move the switchable IP addresses, volume and the IIS Web/FTP/SMTP site to the other server. You may wish to do this, for example, after a failover and you have fixed…

Incomplete Resource Creation

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Incomplete Resource Creation

Description If the resource setup process is interrupted leaving instances only partially created, you must perform manual cleanup before attempting to install the hierarchy again. Use the LifeKeeper GUI to delete any partially-created resources. See Deleting a…

System Event Log – Create Mirror Failed in the GUI

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

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

Failed to Create Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Failed to Create Mirror

User Interface – Failed to Create Mirror – Application Event Log Error/Message Logged in the Application Event Log: File: .\GuiThread.cpp Line: 3099 Attempt to connect to remote system REMOTESERVER failed with error 5. Please ensure that the local…

User Interface – Shows Only One Side of the Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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…

Understand Manual Switchover Limitations in SQL Server Environment

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…

Performing a Manual Switchover from the GUI

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Testing Your IIS Resource Hierarchy » Performing a Manual Switchover from the GUI

You can initiate a manual switchover from the LifeKeeper GUI by selecting Edit, then Resource, then In Service. For example, an In Service request executed on a backup server causes the application hierarchy to be taken out of service on the primary server and placed…

Bringing A Resource In Service

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Operator Tasks » Bringing A Resource In Service

To bring a resource in service: Select a server-specific resource instance that you want to bring in service and then select In Service from the Resource Context Menu or Resource Context Toolbar. A dialog appears confirming the server and resource(s) that you…

WSFC – MS DTC Resource Failure

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » WSFC – MS DTC Resource Failure

Error/Message The cluster resource host subsystem (RHS) stopped unexpectedly. An attempt will be made to restart it. This is usually due to a problem in a resource DLL. Please determine which resource DLL is causing the issue and report the problem to the resource…

Occasional Job Creation Failure

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2016 Specific Issues » Occasional Job Creation Failure

Occasionally, new job creation on Windows 2016 systems can fail. If this occurs, retry the create.

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

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When replicating from a WSFC 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 Node…

WSFC 2008 R2 SP1 Procedure Change

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » WSFC 2008 R2 SP1 Procedure Change

Description When using WSFC 2008 R2 SP1, the procedure for Extending a Traditional 1×1 2-Node WSFC Cluster to a Shared-Replicated 3-Node Cluster has changed. The WSFC mmc GUI must not be used for adding a node that is hosting a DataKeeper shared…

Viewing The Status Of A Server

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Extend of a SQL Resource Fails

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Extend of a SQL Resource Fails

Symptom: The Extend of a Microsoft SQL resource will fail if the primary and backup configurations are different (i.e. Microsoft SQL ID mismatch). Below is an example of the error message displayed in the LifeKeeper GUI during the can extend operation: Process:…

IIS Resource Hierarchy Creation Error

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » IIS Resource Hierarchy Creation Error

Symptom When creating an IIS Resource Hierarchy, you receive the following message: No qualified sites were found… and the create fails. BACKGROUND /…

Taking a Resource Out Of Service

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Operator Tasks » Taking a Resource Out Of Service

To take a resource out of service: Select a server-specific resource instance that you want to take out of service and then select Out of Service from the Resource Context Menu or Resource Context Toolbar. A dialog appears confirming the selected resource(s) to…

User Interface – Failed to Create Mirror

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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:…

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

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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…

Taking Volume Resources In and Out Of Service

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Operator Tasks » Taking Volume Resources In and Out Of Service

Some background processes such as virus scanners and Windows Services will try to access a shared volume for write access. These processes may be required to run applications and cannot be arbitrarily turned off for long periods of time. In most cases, these…

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

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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.

WSFC 2012 Server Manager -- Incorrect Volume Display

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » WSFC 2012 Server Manager -- Incorrect Volume Display

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…

WSFC 2012 New File Server Type Not Supported

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » WSFC 2012 New File Server Type Not Supported

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…

WSFC 2012 File Server Resource Manager Event Log Errors

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » WSFC 2012 File Server Resource Manager Event Log Errors

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…

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

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Recovering From Databases in Suspect State After a Switchover

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Recovering From Databases in Suspect State After a Switchover

A database which gets marked as suspect may be caused by starting Microsoft SQL Server when the volume(s) on which it resides is unavailable to this system. When SIOS Protection Suite is used to protect SQL databases, the starting and stopping of SQL should be…

WSFC 2012 Failover Cluster Manager UI Defect (Delete Action Missing)

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues » WSFC 2012 Failover Cluster Manager UI Defect (Delete Action Missing)

Description On Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Failover Cluster Manager UI tool has a defect. When a “right-click” is performed on a DataKeeper Volume resource from the Available Storage group, the drop-down action list does not appear. That action list would…

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

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

Bring In Service Failed

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Troubleshooting Tips » Bring In Service Failed

Suggestion Check to see if any other Oracle resource is already in service on the system you are trying to bring in service and/or that shared volumes can be accessed from this system. If additional time is required for the Oracle service to reach the running state,…

Relocation of Intent Log

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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…

Diagram of LCD Directory

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Advanced Topics » Diagram of LCD Directory

The following diagram shows the directory structure of \$lkroot.

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

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

Unextending a Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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 Job

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

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

Reassigning a Job

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

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

Replacing a Target

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Working With Mirrors » Replacing a Target

When replacing the target volume, you must either break the mirror or delete the mirror in order to ensure a full resync of the data from the source volume to the target volume when the target volume is back in place. Though similar to the Pause and Unlock, breaking…

Creating a Job

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper » 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…

Renaming a Job

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

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

Viewing the Status of Resources

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Common Tasks » Viewing the Status of Resources

The status or state of a resource is displayed in two formats: global resource status (across all servers) and server resource status (on a single server). The global resource status is shown in the Resource Hierarchy Tree in the left pane of the status window. The…

Installation of the iSCSI Target

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012 » Installation of the iSCSI Target

From the Server Manager menu, select “Add Roles and Features” from the “Manage” drop-down. Select the “Role-based or feature-based installation” option. From the list of servers presented, select the appropriate server. On the…

Recovering Out-of-Service Hierarchies

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Recovering Out-of-Service Hierarchies

Description As a part of the recovery following the failure of a SIOS Protection Suite server, resource hierarchies that are configured on the failed server but are not in service anywhere at the time of the server failure are recovered on the highest priority alive…

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…

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in AWS

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*DISCLAIMER: While the following completely covers the high availability portion within the scope of our product, this is a setup “guide” only and should be adapted to your own configuration. Overview DataKeeper Cluster Edition provides replication in a…

Deploying DataKeeper Cluster Edition in Azure

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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…

Adding a Resource Dependency

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Adding a Resource Dependency

While most Recovery Kits create their dependencies during the original resource hierarchy creation task, under certain circumstances, you may want to create new or additional resource dependencies or delete existing ones. An example might be that you wish to change an…

Connecting To A Cluster

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Common Tasks » Connecting To A Cluster

From the File Menu or the Global Toolbar, select Connect. In the Server Name field of the Cluster Connect Dialog, enter the name of a server within the cluster to which you want to connect. Note: If using an IPv6 address, this address will need to be enclosed…

Unextending a SQL Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Unextending a SQL Hierarchy

To remove a resource hierarchy from a single server in the SIOS Protection Suite cluster, do the following: On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the SQL resource. It cannot be…

Extending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Extending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create Resource Hierarchy option, in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. From the Edit menu, select Resource then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend…

Extending a Single SQL Server Node to a Cluster

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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:…

Maintaining a Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Maintaining a Resource Hierarchy

You can perform maintenance on a resource hierarchy while maintaining SIOS Protection Suite protection of all other hierarchies on the system. This involves taking the hierarchy in need of maintenance out of service and then bringing it back in service after you…

Recovering After a Failover

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Connecting to a Server

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper » 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.

Unextending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Unextending a PostgreSQL Hierarchy

To remove a resource hierarchy from a single server in the SIOS Protection Suite cluster, do the following: On the Edit menu, select Resource, then Unextend Resource Hierarchy. Select the Target Server where you want to unextend the SQL resource. It cannot be…

Deleting a PostgreSQL Hiearchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Server Configuration Considerations » Deleting a PostgreSQL Hiearchy

Before deleting a PostgreSQL hierarchy or instance, make sure that the hierarchy is active (green) on its primary server. You may also wish to remove the dependencies before deleting the hierarchy; otherwise, the dependencies will also be deleted. To delete a resource…

Removing a Resource Dependency

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Removing a Resource Dependency

Select a server-specific resource instance as the parent from which you want to remove a child dependency, and then select Remove Dependency from the resource context menu or resource context toolbar. Select the Child Resource from the drop down box. This should…

Adding a Shared System

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

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

Disconnecting From a Cluster

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Common Tasks » Disconnecting From a Cluster

This task disconnects your client from all servers in a cluster. Select a server from which you want to disconnect and then select Disconnect from the Server Context Menu or Server Context Toolbar. A Confirmation dialog listing all servers in the cluster is…

Creating a Communication Path

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Administrator GUI Tasks » Creating a Communication Path

Before configuring a SIOS Protection Suite communication path between servers, verify the hardware and software setup. See the Configuration section for requirements. Configuration Notes You should configure no more than one shared disk comm path between…

Deleting a SQL Hiearchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Deleting a SQL Hiearchy

Before deleting a SQL hierarchy or instance, make sure that the hierarchy is active (green) on its primary server. You may also wish to remove the dependencies before deleting the hierarchy; otherwise, the dependencies will be deleted also. To delete a resource…

Deleting a Communication Path

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Administrator GUI Tasks » Deleting a Communication Path

Select one of the servers, and then select Delete Comm Path from the server context menu or server context toolbar. Select the communications path(s) that you want to delete and click Delete Comm Path(s). If the output panel is enabled, the dialog closes, and…

Extending a SQL Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Extending a SQL Hierarchy

This operation can be started from the Edit menu or initiated automatically upon completing the Create Resource Hierarchy option, in which case you should refer to Step 2 below. From the Edit menu, select Resource then Extend Resource Hierarchy. The Pre-Extend…

Disconnecting from a Server

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper User Guide » Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper » Disconnecting from a Server

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

Removing a Shared System

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

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

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

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

Silent Installation of SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite » Silent Installation of SIOS Protection Suite

*Note: 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 SIOS Protection Suite for Windows silently through the use of the -silent command…

Displaying List of Protected File Shares

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Displaying List of Protected File Shares

To display the list of file shares associated with a protected file share resource from the LifeKeeper GUI, right-click on the File Share resource (on the right-hand side of the LifeKeeper GUI) and select Properties, then select the Protected Share List tab. …

Reclaim Full Capacity of Target Drive

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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…

Windows Server 2012 MMC Snap-in Crash

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

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

Extending a Clustered DataKeeper Volume to a Node Outside the Cluster

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DataKeeper Volume cluster resources can be extended to a DR Node for Disaster Recovery purposes. In the event of a complete failure of all systems in the cluster, data will be accessible on the DR Node (referred to as the “DR Node”). Here you will find instructions…

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

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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…

Creating a DNS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Creating Resource Hierarchies » Creating a DNS Resource Hierarchy

The DNS Recovery Kit provides a mechanism to create, update, and manage a DNS A record and associated PTR record for a virtual server name. The DNS resource allows the administrator to configure the managed virtual server name and also the IP address it will be…

Extending a Volume Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Extending Resource Hierarchies » Extending a Volume Resource Hierarchy

This operation can be started automatically after you have finished creating a volume resource hierarch, or from an existing volume resource hierarchy, as described in the section on extending resource hierarchies. The following additional data is required to extend a…

Managing a SQL Server Configuration

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…

Extending a DNS Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Extending Resource Hierarchies » Extending a DNS Resource Hierarchy

This operation can be started automatically after you have finished creating a DNS resource hierarchy, or from an existing DNS resource hierarchy, as described in the section on extending resource hierarchies. The following additional data is required to extend a DNS…

Creating a Volume Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Creating Resource Hierarchies » Creating a Volume Resource Hierarchy

When you want to protect resources on shared SCSI disks, you partition the shared disk into logical volumes using the Windows Disk Management tool. SIOS Protection Suite can protect shared volumes by defining a volume resource instance. Each instance is assigned a…

Setup of iSCSI Initiator on Windows 2012

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper 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 Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » 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…

WSFC 2016 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster Manager

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Windows Server 2016 Specific Issues » WSFC 2016 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 2016 issues…

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

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

Extending a LAN Manager Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Extending Resource Hierarchies » Extending a LAN Manager Resource Hierarchy

This operation can be started automatically after you have finished creating a LAN manager resource hierarchy, or from an existing LAN manager resource hierarchy, as described in the section on extending resource hierarchies. No additional data is required to extend a…

Extending a File Share Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Extending Resource Hierarchies » Extending a File Share Resource Hierarchy

This operation can be started automatically after you have finished creating a file share resource hierarchy, or from an existing file share resource hierarchy, as described in the section on extending resource hierarchies. No additional data is required to extend a…

Creating a Generic Application Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Creating Resource Hierarchies » Creating a Generic Application Resource Hierarchy

Use this option to protect an application that has no associated recovery kit. Before Creating a Resource Hierarchy The first task is to create scripts for the five basic SIOS Protection Suite action functions: • Restore • Remove • Quick…