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Installing SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite

If you have completed planning and setting up your SIOS Protection Suite environment, you should be ready to install the SIOS Protection Suite software on each server in your…

Upgrading SIOS Protection Suite

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite » Upgrading SIOS Protection Suite

You may upgrade from previous versions of SIOS Protection Suite for Windows while preserving your resource hierarchies and mirrors by using the procedure below. Upgrade Procedure The following scenario illustrates the upgrade process when upgrading both LifeKeeper…

SIOS Protection Suite Configurations

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configurations

SIOS Protection Suite works on the basis of resource hierarchies you define for groups of two or more servers. The following three topics introduce the SIOS Protection Suite failover configuration concepts. Common Hardware Components System Grouping…

SIOS Protection Suite Heartbeat

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Communication Paths » SIOS Protection Suite Heartbeat

The heartbeat is a key SIOS Protection Suite fault detection mechanism. The heartbeat is a periodic signal sent over the comm path between a pair of servers. The regular signals tell each server that the other is still active. When you define your comm path, the…

Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment

Now that you have determined your requirements and mapped your SIOS Protection Suite configuration, you can start setting up the components of your SIOS Protection Suite environment. The major tasks of this topic…

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

Your information resource for SIOS Protection Suites and DataKeeper Cluster Edition SIOS Technology Corp. maintains documentation for all supported versions of SIOS Protection Suites. We welcome your suggestions and feedback. To help us continue to improve our…

SIOS Protection Suite Configuration Steps

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide

The topics in this Installation Guide will assist in defining your SIOS Protection Suite cluster environment. Once your requirements have been determined and your SIOS Protection Suite configuration has been mapped, these topics will assist you in setting up, licensing…

Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment

This section will assist you in defining your SIOS Protection Suite cluster environment enabling you to successfully achieve your high availability goals quickly and effectively. The major subjects covered are listed below.…

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…

Uninstalling SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite » Uninstalling SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

Before Removing LifeKeeper Included below are the requirements for removing LifeKeeper software. Move or stop applications. Before removing the software, verify that applications requiring SIOS Protection Suite protection are not on the server. Never remove…

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation

About SIOS Protection Suite for Windows SIOS Protection Suite (SPS) for Windows integrates high availability clustering and data replication functionality to protect mission-critical data and applications. SIOS Protection Suite also integrates with SIOS’…

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Support Matrix

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Support Matrix

Server Components Supported Operating System v8.6.1 v8.6.2 v8.6.3 v8.6.4 v8.7.0 v8.7.1 v8.7.2 Note: For all versions Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is required – download from:…

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes Version 8.7.2 (Version 8 Update 7 Maintenance 2) Released November 20, 2020 Important!! Read This Document Before Attempting To Install Or Use This Product! This document contains…

Maintaining a SIOS Protection Suite Protected System

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction

LifeKeeper Oracle The LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit provides a way to recover an Oracle database instance (version 11g, 12c, 18c or 19c) from a failed server to a backup server. You can also extend the protection of the database instance to other servers. Using the…

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Quick Start Guide

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Quick Start Guide

This topic provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring the SIOS Protection Suite (SPS) for Windows. SIOS Protection Suite is a software bundle that includes DataKeeper, LifeKeeper and the optional SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server…

SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

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…

Installing and Configuring SQL Server with SIOS Protection Suite

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…

Install and Configure SIOS Protection Suite and Recovery Kits

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…

Overview of SIOS Protection Suite Event Forwarding via SNMP

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Overview of SIOS Protection Suite Event Forwarding via SNMP

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) defines a device-independent framework for managing networks. Devices on the network are described by MIB (Management Information Base) variables that are supplied by the vendor of the device. An SNMP agent runs on each…

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction

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…

Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

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

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

Setting Up SIOS DataKeeper

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

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

Start and Stop SQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

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…

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction

The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit extends your SIOS Protection Suite product by adding specific protection to Internet servers. The SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit continuously monitors the health of your Internet servers, and if a…

Building an HA Cluster with SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

Microsoft Azure Guide » Building an HA Cluster with SIOS Protection Suite for Windows

Install SPS (Active System, Standby System) Contact SIOS to purchase SPS for Windows or obtain the evaluation version of the software. Email: sales@us.sios.com US: +1.617.245.6955 or toll-free (US) 866.318.0108 International: +1.617.245.6955 Place the…

Running the GUI Application on a SIOS Protection Suite Server

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Start and Stop PostgreSQL Server Only Through SIOS Protection Suite

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…

Error When Attempting to Run SIOS Protection Suite Command From Command Prompt

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Error When Attempting to Run SIOS Protection Suite Command From Command Prompt

Symptom When attempting to run a SIOS Protection Suite command from a command prompt, you receive the following error: [File:lock.CLine:1610] Win32 Error: 2 CRITICAL (No. 472) Can’t run this application without LCD Daemon running. Solution SIOS Protection Suite…

Continue and Lock

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

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

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…

SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » Introduction » Understanding Replication » SIOS DataKeeper Intent Log

SIOS DataKeeper uses an intent log (also referred to as a bitmap file) to track changes made to the source, or to target volume during times that the target is unlocked. This log is a persistent record of write requests which have not yet been committed to both…

Checking Connectivity (Client)

Microsoft Azure Guide » Oracle Specific Environment » Checking Connectivity (Client)

Installing the Oracle Client Oracle Client Connection Confirmation

Using EMCMD with SIOS DataKeeper

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

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

SIOS Technology Product Information Resources

SIOS Technology Product Information Resources

The following are links to the Product Documentation and Support Matrices for SIOS Technology’s LInux and Windows products. SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Technical Documentation SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition Support Matrix SIOS Protection Suite for Windows…

Using DKPwrShell with SIOS DataKeeper

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

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

Installing the Oracle Client

Microsoft Azure Guide » Oracle Specific Environment » Checking Connectivity (Client) » Installing the Oracle Client

Log in to sios20lkclient with SIOS20\lkadmin. Download the Oracle Client installation file (zip file) and save it to any location. https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/oracle19c-windows-downloads.html Oracle Database 19c Client (19.3) for Microsoft…

PostgreSQL Connection Confirmation (Client)

Microsoft Azure Guide » PostgreSQL Specific Environment » PostgreSQL Connection Confirmation (Client)

Install the PostgreSQL Client Log in to sios20lkclient as SIOS20\lkadmin. Download the PostgreSQL (Windows x86-64) installation image from the following site, place it anywhere, and double-click it to open it. Version 11.7 is used here. This installation image is…

Checking Oracle Client Connectivity

Microsoft Azure Guide » Oracle Specific Environment » Checking Connectivity (Client) » Checking Oracle Client Connectivity

Check the connection to the database from the client on sios20lkclient. Ensure that the Oracle resource hierarchy is active on the active node (sios20lknode01). Use the virtual IP address to connect to the database from sios20lkclient and run a simple SQL…

Identical Primary Backup Web Sites

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Identical Primary Backup Web Sites

For each primary IIS site, you must create an identical backup IIS site on the other server. These two servers must be connected by a LifeKeeper heartbeat. In order for the primary and backup sites to be identical, the following criteria must be met: The site names…

LANMAN Name May Be Seen Twice in Browse List

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » LANMAN Name May Be Seen Twice in Browse List

Symptom After creating a LANMAN resource, the LANMAN name may be seen twice in the browse list. Solution One of these entries is an unusable Workstation record. Please disregard this entry and use the other LANMAN Server name.

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows

Introduction LifeKeeper Single Server Protection (SSP) allows for application monitoring in a single node configuration (i.e., no cluster requirements or restraints). Single node environments may be physical or virtual (vSphere, KVM, Amazon EC2). LifeKeeper SSP is…

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…

Installing and Setting Up Database Applications

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Installing and Setting Up Database Applications

If your environment includes a protected database application such as SQL Server, you should install the application using the documentation provided with the database. Ensure that the database is on a shared or replicated file system and that the configuration files…

LifeKeeper GUI Server and Client Components

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation

About LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows LifeKeeper Single Server Protection (SSP) allows for application monitoring in a single node configuration (i.e., no cluster requirements or restraints). Single node environments may be physical or virtual…

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Heartbeat with VMware HA

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Heartbeat with VMware HA

The LifeKeeper Single Server Protection heartbeat is the signal sent to VMware HA (every 10 seconds if running in a VMware guest OS and if HA is enabled) indicating that the protected applications are OK. If an application fails, LifeKeeper Single Server Protection…

Maintaining a LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Protected System

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Maintaining a LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Protected System

When performing system or application maintenance on a LifeKeeper Single Server Protection-protected server, you should either stop LifeKeeper Single Server Protection monitoring or place the protected resources into maintenance mode. This will stop LifeKeeper Single…

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Release Notes

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows » LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Release Notes

Version 8.7.2 Important!! Read This Document Before Attempting To Install Or Use This Product! This document contains last minute information that must be considered before, during and after installation. Introduction This release notes document is written…

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Installation Guide

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows » LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Installation Guide

About LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows LifeKeeper Single Server Protection (SSP) allows for application monitoring in a single node configuration (i.e., no cluster requirements or restraints). Single node environments may be physical or virtual…

Enabling VMware HA Integration with LifeKeeper Single Server Protection

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Enabling VMware HA Integration with LifeKeeper Single Server Protection

By default LifeKeeper Single Server Protection integration with VMware HA is disabled when installed on a VMware VM. To enable integration requires the following steps: Installation of VMware tools in the LifeKeeper Single Server Protection VM. Edit…

Using SIOS DataKeeper Standard Edition To Provide Disaster Recovery For Hyper-V Virtual Machines

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

Troubleshooting

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting

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

LifeKeeper GUI

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » LifeKeeper GUI

The GUI components should have already been installed as part of the SIOS Protection Suite Core installation. The LifeKeeper GUI uses Java technology to provide a graphical user interface to SIOS Protection Suite and its configuration data. Since the LifeKeeper GUI is…

GUI Overview

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Unknown User Name or Bad Password

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Unknown User Name or Bad Password

Access Denied: Unknown User Name or Bad Password Symptom If a SIOS Protection Suite client tries to communicate with a server that is in the process of shutting down, the server may abort the validation process by refusing to allow the client to log on. In that case,…

IIS Overview

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…

Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Operator Tasks » Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)

Using Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) with DataKeeper/SIOS Protection Suite Volumes On Windows 2008 R2, VSS Shadow Copy can be enabled for SIOS Protection Suite-protected (shared or replicated) volumes. However, the following guidelines apply: VSS snapshot images must not…

Administration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration

SIOS Protection Suite Administration Overview SIOS Protection Suite provides two administration interface options: LifeKeeper GUI LifeKeeper command line interface The LifeKeeper GUI is used for the following tasks which are listed in the typical sequence for…

Core

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Core

SIOS Protection Suite Core Software SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Core includes LifeKeeper and the basic LifeKeeper software packages, DataKeeper and the Core Recovery Kits. LifeKeeper – The LifeKeeper for Windows core includes the basic LifeKeeper…

Core Software

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Installing SIOS Protection Suite » Core Software

SIOS Protection Suite Core Software The SIOS Protection Suite Core software is available via ftp download. The SIOS Protection Suite Core is comprised of: The basic LifeKeeper software, including: Perl (CPAN v5.8.8) Cygwin 2.8 Java OpenJDK…

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

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

LifeKeeper GUI User Accounts

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » 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…

Create and Extend Failure

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Troubleshooting » Create and Extend Failure

Create and Extend Fail if Master or User Databases on System Drive Symptom: The Create and Extend of a Microsoft SQL Server resource will fail if the Master or any user databases are located on the system drive or a volume that cannot be protected by SIOS Protection…

Product Support Schedule

Product Support Schedule

For customers under an annual support agreement, SIOS Technology provides full support for its products for three years from their General Availability date. This support period is extended in situations where simple upgrade paths do not exist to later versions of SIOS…

Verifying Server Specifications

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Verifying Server Specifications

Ensure that you have the correct version and/or capacity of the following components for each SIOS Protection Suite server: Windows 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016 Operating System (64-bit only). Note: All servers within a cluster should be running the same…

Planning Server Communication

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Planning Server Communication

Determine and document server communication in a configuration map similar to the one below, using the following guidelines: Cluster requirements – To avoid a single point of failure, SIOS Protection Suite requires at least two communication paths (also called…

Adding Microsoft SQL Server Volumes

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…

Disabling Automatic Failover

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Administrator GUI Tasks » Disabling Automatic Failover

In the event that the primary server has attempted and failed local recovery or failed completely, most server administrators will want SIOS Protection Suite to automatically restore the protected resource(s) to a backup server. This is the default SIOS Protection…

Verifying Network Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Verifying Network Configuration

It is important to ensure that your network is configured and working properly before you install SIOS Protection Suite. There are several tasks you should do at this point to verify your network operation: You must ensure that every network interface card (NIC) has…

Uninstalling SPS for Windows

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Uninstalling SPS for Windows

Before Removing LifeKeeper Included below are the requirements for removing LifeKeeper software. Move or stop applications. Before removing the software, verify that applications requiring SIOS Protection Suite protection are not on the server. Never remove…

LCD Directory Structure

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

Major subdirectories under $LKROOT (by default, c:\LK): Admin. Scripts for SIOS Protection Suite core and Recovery Kits. Config. SIOS Protection Suite configuration files, including shared equivalencies. Bin. SIOS Protection Suite executable…

SQL Server Configuration Considerations

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…

Creating the SQL Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Creating the SQL Hierarchy

After you have completed the necessary setup tasks outlined in the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Installation Guide, use the following steps to define the SQL Server hierarchy to protect your database(s). !Important: If you have an existing SQL database…

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…

Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Installation – Replicated Storage Systems

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…

DNS Resource Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Setting Up Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » DNS Resource Requirements

The DNS Recovery Kit included with the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Core product provides a mechanism to update DNS A and PTR records of the primary server or a LifeKeeper alias name on the DNS servers in your configuration. The DNS resource allows the user to…

Storage and Adapter Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Storage and Adapter Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite configurations may use the facilities of shared SCSI host adapters and shared disk hardware to switch resources from a failed server to a designated backup server. A Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) may also be used to switch resources…

Application Recovery Kits

Application Recovery Kits

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Application Recovery Kits (ARKs) include tools and utilities that allow SPS to manage and control a specific application. The following optional recovery kits are available with this release of…

Configuring Generic Application Scripts

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Configuring Generic Application Scripts

Use this feature to update a script that has been created to protect an application that has no associated SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit. Right-click on the generic application resource and select Properties. Select the SIOS Protection Suite Generic Application…

Recovery Kit Requirements

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Recovery Kit Requirements

Before installing and configuring the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements: SIOS Protection Suite supports the versions of Windows operating systems listed in the Operating System…

Communication Paths

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » Communication Paths

Overview SIOS Protection Suite monitors resource operations and provides failover using shared communication paths (comm paths) between servers. It is critical to SIOS Protection Suite fault detection and resource recovery that communication between the servers…

Installation – Shared Storage Systems

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…

Application Recovery Kits

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Technical Documentation » Application Recovery Kits

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Application Recovery Kits (ARKs) include tools and utilities that allow LKSSP to manage and control a specific application. The following optional recovery kits are available with this release of LKSSP. SIOS Protection Suite…

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…

Configuration

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration

If the SIOS Protection Suite environment has been installed, the SIOS Protection Suite software can be configured on each server in the cluster. The topics in this section will help with this…

Installation – Access is Denied

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Installation – Access is Denied

Symptom During upgrade or re-installation, SIOS Protection Suite generates “Access is denied” error message. Solution The SIOS Protection Suite services have not all stopped. This can occur if Setup was unable to stop the SIOS Protection Suite services. Open a…

Introduction

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction

About SIOS Protection Suite for Windows SIOS Protection Suite (SPS) for Windows integrates high availability clustering and data replication functionality to protect mission-critical data and applications. SIOS Protection Suite also integrates with SIOS’…

MSSQL

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Introduction » MSSQL

SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Application Recovery Kit includes tools and utilities that allow SIOS Protection Suite to manage and control the Microsoft SQL-based database application. When…

Common Hardware Components

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » SIOS Protection Suite Configurations » Common Hardware Components

All SIOS Protection Suite configurations share these common components as illustrated in the diagram below: Server Groups. The basis for the fault resilience provided by SIOS Protection Suite is clustered Windows servers. The servers, also referred to as SIOS…

LifeKeeper Communications Manager (LCM)

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Advanced Topics » LifeKeeper Communications Manager (LCM)

The LifeKeeper Communication Manager (LCM) provides reliable communication between processes on one or more SIOS Protection Suite servers. This process can use redundant communication paths between systems so that failure of a single communication path does not cause…

Hardware and Software Requirements

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » Installation » Hardware and Software Requirements

Before attempting to install or remove the SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements: Operating System software. Refer to the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Support Matrix for a list of…

Recovery Kit Requirements

SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide » Planning Your SIOS Protection Suite Environment » Recovery Kit Requirements

Each of the SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kits has requirements that you should consider in planning and connecting all the components of your SIOS Protection Suite cluster. While the SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes provides technical requirements for…

Extending an IP Address Resource Hierarchy

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Extending Resource Hierarchies » Extending an IP Address Resource Hierarchy

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

Extending Resource Hierarchies

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

The SIOS Protection Suite Extend Resource Hierarchy option copies an existing hierarchy from one server and creates a similar hierarchy on another SIOS Protection Suite server. Once a hierarchy is extended to other servers, cascading failover is available for that…

IP Local Recovery Scenario

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » Working With Resource Hierarchies » Creating Resource Hierarchies » Creating an IP Address Resource Hierarchy » IP Local Recovery Scenario

When IP Local Recovery is enabled and the IP resource fails its quick check or deep check tests, then SIOS Protection Suite will do the following: First, SIOS Protection Suite will attempt to bring the IP address back in service on the current network…

IP Local Recovery

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Administration » IP Local Recovery

When IP Local Recovery is enabled and the IP resource fails its deepcheck (a periodic extensive check of the IP resource), then SIOS Protection Suite will do the following: First, SIOS Protection Suite will attempt to bring the IP address back in service on the…

Volume Locking for Shared SCSI Volumes

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Operator Tasks » Volume Locking for Shared SCSI Volumes

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…

Transferring Resource Hierarchies

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » User Guide » Maintenance Tasks » Transferring Resource Hierarchies

When you need to perform routine maintenance or other tasks on a SIOS Protection Suite Server, you can use the LifeKeeper GUI to move in-service resources to another server. To transfer in-service resource hierarchies from Server A to Server B, use the GUI to bring the…