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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 v8.8.0 v8.8.1 Note: For all versions Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is required –…

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…

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 Release Notes

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Release Notes Version 8.8.1 (Version 8 Update 8 Maintenance 1) Released November 16, 2021 !IMPORTANT: If using Windows 2008 R2 SIOS DataKeeper includes a kernel-mode driver (ExtMirr.sys) which is signed…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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 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 Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ provides a mechanism for updating Amazon Route 53 DNS information when switching from a failed primary server to a backup server. Typically, Recovery Kit for Route 53™ is used in the configuration where an IP address cannot be switched…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Windows Release Notes

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

Version 8.8.1 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

SPS for Windows Common Solutions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » SPS for Windows Common Solutions

The following are the most commonly requested solutions. Installation Solutions Storage Solutions Networking Solutions Application Solutions *See Most Common DataKeeper Solutions for DataKeeper related solutions.

Most Common SPS for Windows Networking Solutions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » SPS for Windows Common Solutions » Most Common SPS for Windows Networking Solutions

The following are the most commonly requested networking related solutions. LifeKeeper GUI Running Slow Issue: When should I use the Interface metric for a specific NIC? Solution: For LifeKeeper GUIs that are performing slowly (and/or showing question marks for…

Most Common SPS for Windows Storage Solution

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » SPS for Windows Common Solutions » Most Common SPS for Windows Storage Solution

The following is the most commonly requested storage related solution. How to remove DataKeeper Storage from LifeKeeper Scenario: A customer wants to remove an existing DataKeeper Resource/Mirror from LifeKeeper/SPS: Without impacting the existing resources in…

Most Common SPS for Windows Application Solutions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » SPS for Windows Common Solutions » Most Common SPS for Windows Application Solutions

The following are the most commonly requested application related solutions. Guide for setting up a Basic SQL Cluster LifeKeeper/SQL installation Cheat Sheet After the SQL Server CD/DVD or ISO media has been installed . . . . . Via the SQL Server Installation…

Most Common SPS for Windows Installation Solutions

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » SPS for Windows Common Solutions » Most Common SPS for Windows Installation Solutions

The following are the most commonly requested installation related solutions. Can’t extend resources on new installation Issue: When attempting to extend a SQL Resource in a new installation, the Extend Wizard may yield the following information: “An…

Antivirus Software Exclusion List for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper for Windows

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Known Issues and Workarounds » Antivirus Software Exclusion List for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper for Windows

Description Antivirus software stops LifeKeeper from updating a LifeKeeper registry key. Antivirus software also quarantines LifeKeeper and DataKeeper executables causing LifeKeeper and DataKeeper not to run properly. Suggested Action List of things to exclude in…

Antivirus Software Exclusion List for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper for Windows

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » Antivirus Software Exclusion List for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper for Windows

Description Antivirus software stops LifeKeeper from updating a LifeKeeper registry key. Antivirus software also quarantines LifeKeeper and DataKeeper executables causing LifeKeeper and DataKeeper not to run properly. Suggested Action List of things to exclude in…

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…

Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target Role Does Not Support Dynamic Disks

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Windows Server 2012 Specific Issues

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

Windows Server 2016 Specific Issues

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

For issues related to Windows Server 2016, see the following topic: AWS Ephemeral Storage must be Initialized Occasional Job Creation Failure WSFC 2016 File Shares Cannot be Created for File Server Role Using Server Manager or Failover Cluster…

Bitlocker Does Not Support DataKeeper

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Troubleshooting » Restrictions » Bitlocker Does Not Support DataKeeper

According to Microsoft, Bitlocker is not supported to work with Software RAID configurations. Since DataKeeper is essentially a software RAID 1, Microsoft does not support Bitlocker working with DataKeeper. Note: EFS (Encrypting File System) and TDE (Transparent Disk…

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…

Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming Issue

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

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…

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…

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…

Volumes Unavailable for Mirroring

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

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

Resource Hierarchy for Oracle

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Resource Hierarchy for Oracle

The typical Oracle resource hierarchy consists of the following resources: Oracle Shared communication resource (IP or LAN Manager alias name) Volume(s) All Oracle data, log, and trace (core database) files for the protected SID are stored on shared or…

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…

Configuration for Unattended Connections

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Configuration for Unattended Connections

During the creation of a SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL resource, the user must enter a PostgreSQL administrative username for that database cluster. No password is requested for this username by the PostgreSQL recovery kit. Therefore, for the connection tests…

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…

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…

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…

Using Microsoft iSCSI Target With DataKeeper on Windows 2012

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

The following topics will guide you in setting up Microsoft iSCSI Target with DataKeeper via the user interface. *NOTE: This configuration is not supported in a VMware ESX environment. …

GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Troubleshooting » GUI Network Related – Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms

There are two ways to address this issue. One is described here in “Solution 1 – IPV4 Interface Metric”, the other in “Solution 2 – local hosts file”. Symptom Long Connection Delays on Windows Platforms. Solution 1 – IPV4…

Specifying Network Cards for Mirroring

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

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

Remove DataKeeper Storage from a Windows Server Failover Cluster Role

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » FAQs » Remove DataKeeper Storage from a Windows Server Failover Cluster Role

To remove an existing DataKeeper Resource/Mirror from Windows Server Failover Clustering: Without impacting the existing role in WSFC, i.e. File Shares, SAP, Oracle, SQL Without having to run various emcmd commands, e.g. deletelocalmirroronly,…

Reserve Volumes For Exclusive PostgreSQL Use

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Reserve Volumes For Exclusive PostgreSQL Use

The volumes containing the protected PostgreSQL files should be reserved for use by PostgreSQL exclusively. A SIOS Protection Suite protected volume may fail to switch over if it is accessed by an another application, process or remote user.

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…

Configuring SPS for Multibyte Language Encodings

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » Configuration » Configuring SPS for Multibyte Language Encodings

LifeKeeper can operate in all system locales that are supported by Windows. However, locales that use multibyte character encodings (such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other Eastern languages) may require that LifeKeeper be configured to use the correct encoding…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Requirements

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Requirements

Before attempting to install or remove the Recovery Kit for EC2™ you must understand Amazon Web Service software requirements, as well as the installation and removal procedures for the Recovery Kit for EC2™ package. Amazon Web Service and Software…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Configuration

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Configuration

To ensure that your LifeKeeper configuration provides the protection and flexibility you require you’ll need to be aware of the configuration requirements. To appropriately plan your configuration you must understand Amazon, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, (VPC),…

User Resource Name For Remote Access

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » User Resource Name For Remote Access

Unless the application is cluster-aware, when using Microsoft SQL Enterprise Manager to administer the service, you should register it by the switchable resource name (the name by which users access the server using TCP/IP). This gives you a continuous monitor of the…

Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Installation » Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

If your configuration uses a shared storage device or you are using SIOS DataKeeper, you may choose a configuration that will be extended to a third (or more) server(s). Configure two systems following the steps given in Installing and Configuring SQL Server with…

Reserve Volumes For Exclusive SQL Use

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft SQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » SQL Server Hierarchy Administration » Reserve Volumes For Exclusive SQL Use

The volumes containing the protected SQL files should be reserved for use by SQL exclusively. A SIOS Protection Suite protected volume may fail to switch over if it is accessed by an application, process or remote user.

Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » PostgreSQL Server Installation » Additional Setup Tasks for Extended Configurations

If your configuration uses a shared storage device or you are using SIOS DataKeeper, you may choose a configuration that will be extended to a third (or more) server(s). If it has not already been done, configure two systems following the steps given in Installation…

Tunable Settings for the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite PostgreSQL Server Recovery Kit Introduction » Tunable Settings for the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit

The PostgreSQL Recovery Kit provides tunable environment variables to help customize resource protection in certain scenarios. To change the values of these variables, edit the file %LKROOT%\etc\default\LifeKeeper. No processes need to be restarted for the new settings…

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration

This section will assist in configuring the Recovery Kit for Route 53™. You need to configure SPS for Windows to provide required protection capability and flexibility. This guide assumes you have an understanding of Amazon, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC),…

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Troubleshooting

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Troubleshooting

Updating the record associated with the Recovery Kit for Route 53™ resource startup may take time Amazon provides the following information regarding the propagating speed of changes made to the DNS record. Q: How quickly will changes I make to my DNS settings on…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide

The Recovery Kit for EC2™ provides a mechanism to recover an Elastic IP from a failed primary server to a backup server. It also provides a mechanism to enable the IP Recovery Kit to work in multiple availability zones. Please see the Principles of Operation for a…

Use Different Volume for Multiple IIS Sites

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Microsoft Internet Information Services Recovery Kit Introduction » IIS Configuration Definitions and Restrictions » Use Different Volume for Multiple IIS Sites

When the LifeKeeper Microsoft IIS Recovery Kit creates an IIS resource hierarchy, it creates dependencies associated with the IP address and content volume using the home directory path designated in the IIS configuration. We recommend that if you protect multiple…

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Requirements

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Requirements

Prior to installing and configuring the Recovery Kit for 53™, be sure your configuration meets the following requirements. AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) version 2 must be installed on all EC2 instances. Refer to Installing AWS Command Line Interface for…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Parameters List

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Parameters List

The table below lists the Recovery Kit for EC2™ parameters. These values are set by adding them to the /etc/default/LifeKeeper configuration file. Because none of the components of the Recovery Kit for EC2™ are memory resident, changes to these particular values…

Updating Oracle Username and Password for LifeKeeper

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Oracle Recovery Kit Introduction » Oracle Hierarchy Administration » Updating Oracle Username and Password for LifeKeeper

During the creation of a LifeKeeper Oracle resource, the user must enter an Oracle user name and password for that instance of Oracle. Should the password of this user name change at some point in the future, the LifeKeeper Oracle resource must be updated on all…

Generic Application Kit for Load Balancer Health Checks

Application Recovery Kits » Generic Application Kit for Load Balancer Health Checks

Overview The Generic ARK for Load Balancer probe reply (Gen LB) provides a mechanism to receive and respond to a health check probe for load balancer target instances of load balancer instances in Microsoft Azure (Azure). This document explains how the Gen LB scripts…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ User System Setup

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Configuration » Recovery Kit for EC2™ User System Setup

Route Table scenario (Backend Cluster): The Route Table protection option in the Recovery Kit for EC2™ provides the ability to automatically update the routing in the VPC. During a failover the recovery kit will update the route table to reflect the new Elastic…

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Parameters List

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Parameters List

The table below lists and explains the tunable values that are available for modifying the behavior of the Recovery Kit for Route 53™. These values are set by adding the %LKROOT%\etc\default\LifeKeeper configuration file. Because none of the components of the Route…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Principles of Operation

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Principles of Operation

The Recovery Kit for EC2™ provides two functions. The Route Table scenario (Backend Cluster) manages Route Table for LifeKeeper-protected IP resources to be reached from clients within the Amazon VPC™. The Elastic IP scenario (Frontend Cluster) manages Elastic…

Adjusting Recovery Kit for EC2™ Tunable Values

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Configuration » Adjusting Recovery Kit for EC2™ Tunable Values

For the parameters that can be configured in the Recovery Kit for EC2™, refer to the EC2™ Parameters List.

Disable “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”

SIOS Protection Suite for Windows Technical Documentation » DataKeeper » DataKeeper Configuration » Disable “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”

By default, Windows configures virtual memory so that page files are automatically created on volumes as the Operating System determines is best. This Virtual Memory setting is called “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”. When this…

Creating a Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration » Creating a Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Hierarchy

To create a resource instance on the primary server, complete the following steps. From the SPS for Windows GUI menu, select Edit then Server. From the dropdown menu, select Create Resource Hierarchy. The Create Protected Application dialog box will display. Select…

Recovery Kit for EC2™ Local Recovery and Configuration

Application Recovery Kits » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Administration Guide » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Configuration » Recovery Kit for EC2™ Local Recovery and Configuration

Local Recovery scenario (Backend Cluster): When a failure of the protected Route Table is detected by Recovery Kit for EC2™, the resulting failure triggers the execution of the EC2™ local recovery script. The local recovery gathers specified IP resource entries in…

Recovery Kit for Route 53™ User System Setup

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ User System Setup

The rule of determining the target IP address corresponding to a Recovery Kit for Route 53™ resource varies by configuration. Configuration with no descendant IP resource of a Route53 resource The target IP address is the IP address of the network adapter that is…

Directory for Bitmap Must Be Created Prior to Relocation

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

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

Adjusting Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Tunable Values

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration » Adjusting Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Tunable Values

For the parameters that can be configured in the Recovery Kit for Route 53™, refer to the Parameters List.

Extending Your Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Resource Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration » Extending Your Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Resource Hierarchy

After you have created a hierarchy, you must extend that hierarchy to another server in the cluster. There are three possible scenarios to extend your resource instance from the template (primary) server to a target server. Continue from creating the resource into…

Deleting a Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Resource Hierarchy

Application Recovery Kits » SIOS Protection Suite Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Introduction » Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Configuration » Deleting a Recovery Kit for Route 53™ Resource Hierarchy

To delete a resource hierarchy from all of the servers in your environment, complete the following steps. From the SPS for Windows GUI menu, select Edit then Resource. From the dropdown menu select Delete Resource Hierarchy. Select the name of the Target Server…