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 Requirements

Before installing and configuring the Recovery Kit for EC2™, be sure that your configuration meets the following requirements:

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC):

  • The recovery kit requires a VPC be configured within AWS
  • Two or more Subnets created on different Availability Zones (AZ)
  • Each Subnet contains associated Route Tables
  • If you are configuring a Public (Frontend) Cluster, then one or more Elastic IPs must be allocated.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2):

  • The recovery kit requires two or more EC2™ instances.
  • The instances are associated on each Subnet.
  • The instances are attached to an Elastic Network Interface (ENI).
  • All the EC2™ instances must be able to access Amazon EC2™ services endpoints (AWS Regions and Endpoints) using the protocols HTTP and HTTPS. Please configure EC2™ and the OS properly.
  • In order to obtain metadata of Amazon EC2™ instances, it is necessary to have an access to IP address 169.254.169.254 using the HTTP protocol.
  • Since the AWS CLI is used, outbound connections on TCP port 443 must be enabled.
  • Since the Auto Recovery function may conflict with the recovery function of LifeKeeper, it is not recommended to use these functions together.

Note: If the path name of AWS CLI executable files is not specified on the “PATH” parameter in the LifeKeeper defaults file /etc/default/LifeKeeper, you must append the path name of AWS CLI executable files to the “PATH” parameter.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM):

In order for LifeKeeper to operate AWS, an IAM user or IAM role with the following access privilege is required. Please configure an EC2™ IAM role or configure AWS CLI appropriately so that it can be accessed from root user of the EC2™ instance.

  • ec2:DisassociateAddress
  • ec2:DescribeAddresses
  • ec2:AssociateAddress
  • ec2:DescribeRouteTables
  • ec2:ReplaceRoute

LifeKeeper Software:

You must install the same version of LifeKeeper software and any patches on each server. Please refer to the SPS for Linux Technical Documentation and the SPS for Linux Release Notes for specific LifeKeeper requirements.

LifeKeeper Recovery Kit for EC2™:

You must install the same version of Recovery Kit for EC2™ software and any patches on each server.

LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit:

If you are using the Recovery Kit for EC2™ to provide protection for the Route Table (Backend Cluster), you must install the same version of LifeKeeper for Linux IP Recovery Kit software and any patches on each server.

Note: Please refer to the SPS for Linux Release Notes or your sales representative for the latest release compatibility and ordering information. You should refer to the SIOS Protection Suite Installation Guide for specific instructions on how to install or remove the LifeKeeper Recovery Kit for EC2™.

SIOS recommends using Quorum/Witness when using the Recovery Kit for EC2™. Please refer to Quorum/Witness for more information.

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