Install SPS (Active System, Standby System)

  1. 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

  1. Place the LifeKeeper installation image (ISO format) in any location and double-click to open it.
  1. Open the \Core directory and double-click LK-8.8.2-Setup.exe.
  1. Follow the prompts to install with the defaults.
LifeKeeper
Destination Folder C:\LK
Setup type Typical
  1. At the end of the install the License Key Manager will launch. Add the license you received from SIOS.
  1. Click Finish to restart the virtual machine.

Install ARK for Applications (Active, Standby)

If you are building an Oracle-based environment, install the Oracle ARK. The PostgreSQL ARK is included in LifeKeeper, so it is not necessary here.

  1. From the SPS installation image, open \Recovery_Kits and double-click LKOra-8.8.2-Setup.exe.
  1. Follow the prompts to install with the defaults.
  1. From the LifeKeeper installation image, open \Recovery_Kits and double-click LKPDB-8.8.2-Setup.exe.
  1. Follow the wizard prompts to install with the defaults.

Install DataKeeper (Active System, Standby System)

  1. Contact SIOS to purchase DataKeeper 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

  1. Download the DataKeeper v8.8.2 installation image (ISO format) to any location and double-click to open it.
  1. * Open* DataKeeper and double-click DK-8.8.2-Setup.exe.
  1. Follow the prompts to install the program. The LifeKeeper and DataKeeper service logon accounts are both SIOS20\lkadmin. In order to use the same service logon account for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper, select Synchronize LifeKeeper Account (recommended) when a dialog appears.
  1. Configure your license key in the License Key Manager. Once finished, exit the license manager and restart the cluster node.

Initial LifeKeeper GUI Configuration

Logging in to the LifeKeeper GUI

  1. Log in to the Windows OS on the first cluster node (sios20lknode01) as SIOS20\lkadmin.

  1. From Start > SIOS > LifeKeeper (Admin Only), launch the GUI and log in as SIOS20\lkadmin.

  1. After logging in to sios20lknode01 the following screen will appear.

  1. Connect to sios20lknode02.

You have successfully logged in to the two cluster nodes.

Create the First Communication Path

  1. Create a communication path between the cluster nodes using the values in the following table.
Communication path
Local Server sios20lknode01
Remote Server(s) sios20lknode02
Device Type TCP
Heartbeat Interval 6
Maximum Heartbeat Misses 5
Local IP Address(es) 10.20.2.11
Priority 1 Make the second subnet the primary communication path.
Remote IP Address 10.20.2.12
Port# 1500
  1. Click Create Comm Path.

  1. Follow the prompts and enter the details. When you are finished you will see the following screen.

Create a Second Communication Path

  1. Create a second communication path using the values in the following table.
Communication path
Local Server sios20lknode01
Remote Server(s) sios20lknode02
Device Type TCP
Heartbeat Interval 6
Maximum Heartbeat Misses 5
Local IP Address(es) 10.20.1.11
Priority 2
Remote IP Address 10.20.1.12
Port# 1510

Create GenLB Resource

  1. Place the Generic ARK for the Load Balancer probe reply (GenLB) package in any location and extract it.
  1. In the LifeKeeper GUI, create a GenLB resource. Click Create Resource Hierarchy (click the green +).

  1. Follow the prompts to enter the details following tables.
GenLB (create)
Primary Server sios20lknode01
Backup Server sios20lknode02
Application to protect Generic Application
Restore Script C:\Users\lkadmin.SIOS20\Downloads\restore.pl *Note
Remove Script C:\Users\lkadmin.SIOS20\Downloads\remove.pl *Note
Quick Check Script [optional] C:\Users\lkadmin.SIOS20\Downloads\quickchk.pl *Note
Deep Check Script [optional] (Empty)
Local Recovery Script [optional] (Empty)
Application Info [optional] 12345 Hello
Resource Tag Name [optional] Gen-LB
GenLB (extend)
Backup Priority 10

*Note: The path name is an example.

The following screen will appear when the GenLB resource is created.

Create IP Resources

  1. In the LifeKeeper GUI, create an IP resource. Click Create Resource Hierarchy (click the green +).

  1. Follow the prompts to enter the details following tables.
IP address (create)
Primary Server sios20lknode01
Backup Server sios20lknode02
Application to protect IP Address
IP Address 10.20.1.200 *Note 1
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.255 *Note 2
IP Resource Tag 10.20.1.200
Network Connection Ethernet 2 *Note 3
Local Recovery No
IP address (extend)
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.255 *Note 2
Network Connection Ethernet 2 *Note 3
Target Restore Mode Enable
Target Local Recovery No
Backup Priority 10

*Note 1: Use the same value as the frontend IP of the previously configured Azure load balancer.

*Note 2: When configuring the Virtual IP address, the subnet mask must be set to 255.255.255.255 to avoid routing conflicts (for the 10.20.1.0/24 subnet in this example). When prompted for the subnet mask, you can enter the value in the text box.

*Note 3: The name may vary. Select the name of the (second) NIC connected to 10.20.2.0/24. Ensure that the NIC is connected to a subnet (10.20.1.0/24) other than the IP resource (10.20.1.200). As seen below, run ipconfig in the command prompt and select the NIC on which 10.20.2.11 or 10.20.2.12 is active (Ethernet 2 in the screenshot).

The following screen will appear when the IP resource is created.

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