Version 9.6.2

Released September 21, 2022

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 for the person who installs, configures and/or administers the LifeKeeper for Linux product. The document contains important information not detailed in the formal LifeKeeper and DataKeeper documentation sets such as package versions and last-minute changes to instructions and procedures as well as a link to the Troubleshooting sections for product restrictions and troubleshooting hints and tips that were discovered through final product testing. It is important that you review this document before installing and configuring LifeKeeper software.

SIOS Product Descriptions

LifeKeeper for Linux

The LifeKeeper product includes fault detection and recovery software that provides high availability for file systems, network addresses, applications and processes running on Linux. LifeKeeper supports the configuration and switchover of a given application across multiple servers. The servers on which the application is configured are assigned priorities to determine the sequence in which the application will move from server to server in the event of multiple failures.

LifeKeeper for Linux provides switchover protection for a range of system resources. Automatic recovery is supported for the following resource types:

  • Processes and Applications
  • Shared Storage Devices (Including VMWare virtual hard disks)
  • Communication Resources (TCP/IP)

DataKeeper for Linux

The SIOS DataKeeper product:

  • Provides volume-based synchronous and asynchronous data replication.
  • Integrates into the LifeKeeper Graphical User Interface for administration and monitoring.
  • Automatically resynchronizes data between source and target servers at system recovery.
  • Monitors the health of underlying system components and performs local recovery in the event of failure.
  • Allows manual resource switchovers and failovers of mirrored volumes.
  • Can be easily upgraded to provide high availability clustering and automatic failover and recovery using a license key to enable new functionality.

New Features of Supported Versions of LifeKeeper for Linux Version 9

Product
Feature
New in Version 9.6.2
LifeKeeper Core SLES 15 SP4 is now supported (certified in Jan 2023). To install LifeKeeper on SLES 15 SP 4 follow the instructions here that require downloading lk-sles15sp4-support and running ‘setup —addinfo lk-sles15sp4-support’. Note: Kernel 5.14.21-150400.24.21.2 or higher is required.
Added support for Azure Shared Disk using the new steeleye-lkSCSI3 Recovery Kit. The SCSI3 Recovery kit adds support for SCSI-3 Persistent Reservation for single path devices using the Linux SD subsystem (/dev/sd device nodes). This kits allows reliable locking for Microsoft Azure Shared Disks in a LifeKeeper cluster with shared storage.
Added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6. Note: DataKeeper asynchronous mode on thin provisioned disks is not available due to kernel issues.
Added support for Oracle Linux 8.6. Note: DataKeeper asynchronous mode on thin provisioned disks is not available due to kernel issues.
Miracle Linux 8.4 is now supported.
Added support for Rocky Linux 8.6. Note: DataKeeper asynchronous mode on thin provisioned disks is not available due to kernel issues.
  • Rocky Linux is not supported in the Cloud. (i.e. AWS/Azure/GCP/OCI) .
  • Rocky Linux v8.6 is only supported in LifeKeeper for Linux v9.6.2.
  • LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is not supported.
  • SAP Recovery Kit and SAP HANA Recovery Kit are not supported.
Added the STANDBY NODE WRITE PROTECTION feature.
This feature is designed to prevent data corruption due to inadvertent unintended access when RESERVATIONS are disabled. See STANDBY NODE WRITE PROTECTION for details.
LifeKeeper LB Health Check Kit The LifeKeeper LB (Load Balancer) Health Check Kit replaces the Generic Load Balancer (GenLB) Recovery Kit. The GenLB recovery kit was a collection of action scripts available for download for 9.6.1 to be used with a generic application (gen/app) resource. The GenLB kit has been migrated to a full ARK for ease of use.
  • The Generic Load Balancer (GenLB) Recovery Kit is not supported for new deployments with v9.6.2 or later
  • SIOS will provide only KBA (Knowledge Based Article) support for configurations upgrading to v9.6.2 but continuing to use the GenLB Kit
  • Support for v9.6.1 using the Generic Load balancer RK for customers with valid support
  • SIOS strongly recommends upgrading to v9.6.2 and upgrading to the new LifeKeeper LB Health Check Kit
Bug Fixes
New in Version 9.6.1
LifeKeeper Core Supports Rocky Linux 8.4
  • Rocky Linux is not supported in the Cloud. (i.e. AWS/Azure/GCP/OCI) .
  • Rocky Linux v8.4 is only supported in LifeKeeper for Linux v9.6.1.
  • LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is not supported.
  • SAP Recovery Kit and SAP HANA Recovery Kit are not supported.
Oracle Linux 8.5 is supported. Note: If you are using DataKeeper with RHCK, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 is supported.
Bug Fixes
SAP Recovery Kit The SAP Recovery Kit now supports the use of LifeKeeper-specific critical_nfs_mounts_<tag> files. Any NFS mount entry (e.g., for the /sapmnt/<SID> NFS share) added to this file for a given SAP resource on a given server will be mounted before the resource is brought in-service.
Bug Fixes
Recovery Kit for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Communication via virtual IP address using the LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit is allowed in the Oracle Cloud environment.
NAS Recovery Kit It is no longer necessary to set “NFS_RPC_PROTOCOL=tcp” when protecting an NFS shared file system with UDP disabled
Bug Fixes
GUI,CLI, DataKeeper, Route53, Quorum/Witness, NAS, EC2 Bug Fixes
PostgreSQL Recovery Kit PowerGres on Linux 13 is now supported (Certified in May 2022)
Supports FUJITSU Software Enterprise Postgres 14 (Certified in October 2022)
New in Version 9.6.0
LifeKeeper Core Support SLES 15 SP3
(Supported kernel versions are 5.3.18-59.5 and later)
Supports Oracle Linux 8.4
The STONITH feature is now available on Microsoft Azure
Oracle Recovery Kit Supports Oracle 21c (21.3) running on-premises
Recovery Kit for EC2™ Added the ability to check source/destination checks in the EC2 ARK route scenario and disable it if they are enabled. New permissions (ec2:DescribeNetworkInterfaceAttribute, ec2:ModifyNetworkInterfaceAttribute IAM) are now required.
PostgreSQL Recovery Kit Supports PostgreSQL 14
Supports FUJITSU Software Enterprise Postgres 13 (Advanced, Standard, Community)
Supports EDB Postgres Advanced Server 14.0 (Certified in January 2022)
SAP Recovery Kit The SAP Recovery Kit is now supported on RHEL 8.4
The SAP Recovery Kit is now supported on SLES 15 SP3
The SAP Recovery Kit is now supported on S/4HANA 2021 Platform (SAP kernel 7.85) (Certified in March 2022)
SAP HANA Recovery Kit Supports RHEL 8.4/SLES15.3
Supports SAP HANA2 SP6 (Certified in February 2022)
See video on: Local Recovery Enhancements Added To The HANA Recovery Kit
Bug Fixes
New in Version 9.5.2
LifeKeeper Core Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4
Supports CentOS 8.3
Supports Oracle Linux 8.3
Supports Oracle Linux 7 UEK 6
Note: The kernel should be updated to 5.4.17-2102.202.5 or higher
Supports Oracle Linux 8 UEK 6
Note: The kernel should be updated to 5.4.17-2102.202.5 or higher
LKCLI has been enhanced to control the following Recovery Kits.
  • SAP RK
  • SAP MaxDB RK
  • MQ RK
  • DMMP RK
  • HDLM RK
  • NEC SPS RK
Implemented Standby Node Health Check for the following Recovery Kits:
  • Filesystem RK
  • NAS RK
You can now run lkcli from non-root users who belong to the lk group
You can now use the “-i” option with lkcli stop as well as with lkstop
Bug Fixes
SAP SAP resources can now be created, extended, configured, and cloned with LKCLI
Video demo of SAP CLI: here
SAP MaxDB SAP MaxDB resources can now be created, extended, and cloned with LKCLI
SAP HANA Supports SAP HANA support for RHEL 8.2
Supports SAP HANA support for SLES 15.2
Supports Takeover with Handshake
HANA ARK added adjustable parameters to /etc/default/LifeKeeper with postinstall
Bug Fixes
MySQL Supports MariaDB 10.5
NAS Implemented standby node health check for NAS resources
MQ Supports WebSphere MQ 9.2 for RHEL 7.9
Supports WebSphere MQ 9.2 for RHEL 8.3
MQ resources can now be created, extended, configured, and cloned with LKCLI
Video demo of MQ CLI: here
DataKeeper, Install, NFS, IP, Oracle, SAP, Quorum/Witness, Filesystem, Generic, lksupport, DMMP Bug Fixes
New in Version 9.5.1
LifeKeeper Core Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)
Note: If you are using DataKeeper, login here and follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.
Supports CentOS 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)
Note: If you are using DataKeeper, login here and follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.
Supports Oracle Linux 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)
Note: If you are using DataKeeper, login here and follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.
lkstop -i command stops LifeKeeper core but does not stop the protected resources. The user is prompted to confirm (yes/no) that they want to continue.
LKCLI has been enhanced to control the following Recovery Kits.
  • DB2 RDBMS
  • RAW
  • Postfix
  • VMDK as Shared Storage
  • SAP ASE
  • Samba
  • HULFT / HULFT HUB
  • OraclePDB for Oracle RDBMS
Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 (Certified in January 2021) Note: If you are using DataKeeper, login here and follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.
Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
Supports CentOS 8.2
Supports Oracle Linux 8.2 (excluding UEK6)
Supports OpenSSL package to 1.1.1g
Supports SLES15 SP2
Supports cURL package to 7.68.0
Bug Fixes
Generic Application Kit for Load Balancer Health Checks LifeKeeper for Linux now supports the Generic Application Kit for Load Balancer Health Checks in Azure (January 2021).
MQ LifeKeeper for Linux now supports IBM MQ 9.2 (January 2021)
QSP Apache Tomcat can be protected with the Quick Service Protection (QSP) Recovery Kit
install Implemented a setup script improvement
Bug Fixes
PostgreSQL Supports PostgreSQL 13 (Certified in December 2020)
Supports EDB Postgres Advanced Server 13.0 (Certified in December 2020)
Supports FUJITSU Software Enterprise Postgres 12 (Certified in December 2020)
SAP HANA Supports SAP HANA2 SP5 (Certified in December 2020)
Supports SAP HANA for RHEL 8.1(Certified in December 2020)
Supports SAP HANA for SLES 12.5 (Certified in December 2020)
Bug Fixes
SAP Supports SAP S/4HANA 2020 (Certified in December 2020)
Bug Fixes
MaxDB, DB2, Filesystem, Generic Application, IP Bug Fixes
New in Version 9.5.0
SAP HANA Recovery Kit The SAP HANA Recovery Kit, providing high-availability for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS04 clusters, is now available. See the SAP HANA Recovery Kit Administration Guide for details.
  • If you are using LifeKeeper for Linux v9.5 or later you must use the new (built-in) SAP HANA Application Recovery Kit.
  • The existing SAP HANA gen/app based Recovery Kit is not supported with v9.5.0. Users who wish to upgrade to the LifeKeeper for Linux v9.5.0 must convert their existing SAP HANA gen/app based Recovery Kit to the new SAP HANA Recovery Kit. Refer to Upgrading from the SAP HANA Gen/App to the SAP HANA Recovery Kit for details.
  • SIOS will continue to support the SAP HANA gen/app based Recovery Kit with the 9.4.x releases until March 31, 2022.
  • The SAP HANA Recovery Kit does not support HANA v1.
LifeKeeper Core

Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 (Certified in July 2020)

Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.

Supports CentOS 7.8 (Certified in July 2020)

Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.

Supports Oracle Linux 7.8 (Certified in July 2020)

Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.

Supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 (Certified in July 2020)
Support VMware vSphere 7.0 (Certified in July 2020)
Supports CentOS 8.0
Supports Oracle Linux 8.0
Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1
Supports CentOS 8.1
Supports Oracle Linux 8.1
The CLI has been enhanced to allow you to control LifeKeeper through the Command Line Interface. See LKCLI for details.
Bug Fixes
PostgreSQL Support PostgreSQL 12
EDB Postgres Advanced Server v12.0 is supported. (Certified in July 2020)
Oracle PDBs with Multitenant configurations can now be protected. See Configuring a Pluggable Database with Oracle Multitenant for details.
DataKeeper DataKeeper online mirrored volumes can now be resized. See Mirror Resize for more information.
Mirror recovery of data replication resources can now be performed in parallel.
Added LKDR_CONNECT_NBD_DURING_RESTORE parameter. Refer to DataKeeper parameter list for details.
Bug Fixes
Filesystem, LVM, NFS, IP, DB2, MaxDB, SAP, Sybase, Sybase ASE, Quorum/Witness Bug Fixes
New in Version 9.4.1
LifeKeeper Core OpenJDK included with OS is installed. See Configuring the LifeKeeper GUI for details.

(Updated December 2020)
Some environments may install OpenJDK that is included with the LifeKeeper installation image. Please refer to Configuring the LifeKeeper GUI for more information.
Supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1
Supports Oracle Linux 7.7
Supports CentOS 7.7
Supports AWS Nitro system
Supports AWS Transit Gateway
Bug Fixes
DataKeeper Supports NVMe devices
Bug Fixes
VMDK as Shared Storage LifeKeeper for Linux VMDK as Shared Storage Recovery Kit is now available. See the VMDK Shared Storage Recovery Kit Management Guide for details.
PostgreSQL PowerGres Plus (for Linux) v10 and PowerGres on Linux v11 can be protected with the PostgreSQL Recovery Kit
Support FUJITSU Software Symfoware Server (Postgres) V12.4 (Certified in March 2020)
For the details, refer to the LifeKeeper Optional Recovery Software Requirements, PostgreSQL Recovery Kit Administration Guide > Administration.
Install, IP, MaxDB, EC2 Bug Fixes

Bug Fixes

The following is a list of the latest bug fixes and enhancements.

Bug
Description
PL-4739 Fixed a bug that could cause /etc/default/LifeKeeper to be 0 bytes after forced shutdown.
PL-7770 The lklicmgr utility now shows the correct description for an SAP HANA Recovery Kit license.
PL- 9226 Fixed an issue where /dev/vgname/lvname could not be specified as a device in DataKeeper resource operations using LKCLI.
PL-9280 The SAP Recovery Kit will now log an error message if it detects that a protected ERSv1 instance is running on multiple cluster nodes.
PL-12315 The LifeKeeper startup will now start after the AWS cloud-init process completes.
PL-12620 When using storage quorum functionality in ‘aws_s3’ mode, qwk_storage_init now verifies that s3:GetObject permissions are granted.
PL-12621 When using storage quorum functionality in ‘aws_s3’ mode, an error message is now logged when the S3 object becomes inaccessible.
PL-12623 When using storage quorum functionality, an error message is now logged when the QWK object of the remote node has size 0 bytes.
PL-12624 In a situation where errors are continuously occurring while reading/writing a QWK object, repeated error messages of the same type are suppressed from being output to the log file. This prevents the log file from being filled with the target error message and makes it easier to identify the problem.
PL-12625 A message is now logged when the acquisition status of a QWK object changes.
PL-12934 The SAP and SAP HANA Recovery Kits will now detect the appropriate NFS version and protocol for a required shared file system without requiring the user to manually add entries to the /etc/default/LifeKeeper file.
PL-12940 When the QWK object storage type is “block”, log an error if the device node does not exist.
PL-13141 Storage quorum (qwk_storage_init) error messages are now easier to understand.
PL-13245 Emergency log messages from LifeKeeper may now be temporarily disabled by setting appropriate LifeKeeper flags.
PL-13248 When an IP address has been manually associated to a network interface using the wrong network mask, the IP Recovery Kit will now log an error when bringing the resource in-service and successfully remove the IP address when bringing the resource out of service.
PL-13260 Fixed a memory leak related to the lkvmhad process. This is a VMware only issue.
PL-13355 Users are now notified via email and/or SNMP when a DataKeeper mirror resynchronization completes.
PL-13460 The LifeKeeper GUI now correctly shows the process names in the resource properties panel for an SAP Recovery Kit resource protecting an ERSv1 instance.
PL-13589 Fixed an issue where an SAP resource may fail to come in-service after a machine failover if there is a running process on the new host server whose PID conflicts with PIDs stored in the sapstart.log file.
PL-13748 Oracle Linux 8.5 RHCK users can now use DataKeeper without additional steps.
PL-13953 Fixed bug in LB Health Check Kit where Gen LB restore failed if Gen LB daemon is already running.
PL-14238 Fixed bug in LB Health Check Kit where Gen LB’s check_exist_process could fail to reboot in some cases.
PL-14247 Fixed bug in LB Health Check Kit where lkstop -f also stopped the Gen LB daemon.
PL-14388 Disable LVM auto_activation_volume_list in lvm.conf to allow the SCSI check daemon to open/close the device without causing a failure.
PL-14401 The NetworkManager-initscripts-updown package is installed with LifeKeeper on RHEL8.6 or later.
PL-14795 QSP can now protect Samba and Postfix services.

Hotfixes and Add-on Support Packages

The patches are located here.

Hotfix/Add-on Support Package
Bug Description
Patch Description
steeleye-lkHOTFIX-core-CE-3855-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm This patch provides a modified lksupport script used to collect additional support information for LifeKeeper installed Hotfixes built to depend on this patch’s functionality. This patch provides a modified lksupport script that is designed to collect additional support information to help diagnose issues in LifeKeeper Hotfixes. In order to collect this addtional information the LifeKeeper Hotfix must supply a script to collect information pertinent to the Hotfix that this patch will run. Note: This patch must be removed before upgrading LifeKeeper to a newer version beyond v9.6.2
steeleye-lkHOTFIX-NFS-PL-12327-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm NFS resource hierarchy switchover hangs when exportfs hangs. This patch will wait up to 30 seconds for the exportfs command to complete before aborting the action. A notification will be provided to the user that the process appears to have hung and may require a system reboot to clear the hang.
steeleye-lkHOTFIX-systemd-PL-15331-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm
  1. PL-15331 : lifekeeper.service should not start nfs-server.service when it is disabled (9.6.2, 9.6.1, 9.6.0, 9.5.2 with steeleye-lkHOTFIX-systemd-PL-6728-9.5.2-7301)

  2. PL-14160 – lifekeeper.service should not start multipathd.service when it is disabled (9.6.2, 9.6.1, 9.6.0, 9.5.2)
This patch fixes lifekeeper.service file related issues.

Discontinued Features

Feature
Description
Discontinued in Version 9.6.2
None
Discontinued in Version 9.6.1
None
Discontinued in Version 9.6.0
Using the Client/Web Browser to access the LifeKeeper GUI is no longer supported.
Discontinued in Version 9.5.2
Core Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is no longer supported.
Oracle Linux 6 is no longer supported.
CentOS 6 is no longer supported.
Software RAID LifeKeeper Software RAID (md) Recovery Kit is no longer supported.
Oracle Oracle virtual machine (OVM) latest 3.4.6 is no longer supported.
PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 9.5 is no longer supported.
EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.5 is no longer supported.
VMware VMware 5.5 and 6.0 are no longer supported.
Discontinued in Version 9.5.1
LifeKeeper Core The configuration using Chef is no longer supported.
Discontinued in Version 9.5.0
LifeKeeper Core System log management using syslog-ng is no longer supported. Please use rsyslog.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11.0 to SP4 is no longer supported.
DataKeeper Environments that use DEVNAME for disk identification using DataKeeper for Linux (DK resources) are no longer supported. Please use a GPT partition (GUID Partition Table).
Oracle Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 11g R2 is no longer supported.
Oracle Database Standard Edition 11g R2 is no longer supported.
Oracle Database Standard Edition One 11g R2 is no longer supported.
MySQL MariaDB 5.5, 10.0 is no longer supported.
PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 9.4 is no longer supported.
EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.4 is no longer supported.
Discontinued in Version 9.4.1
None
Discontinued in Version 9.4.0
DataKeeper Multi-Site Cluster Feature

LifeKeeper Components

LifeKeeper Core

LifeKeeper for Linux is bundled for, and only runs on, 64-bit systems (AMD64 and EM64T systems).

The LifeKeeper Core bundle includes:

The LifeKeeper Core Package Cluster includes the following installable packages:

Package
Package Name
Description
LifeKeeper Core steeleye-lk-9.6.2-7477.x86_64.rpm The LifeKeeper package provides recovery software for failures associated with core system components such as memory, CPUs, the operating system, the SCSI disk subsystem and file systems.
DataKeeper Core steeleye-lkDR-9.6.2-7477.x86_64.rpm The DataKeeper package provides data replication (synchronous or asynchronous mirrors with intent logging).
LifeKeeper GUI steeleye-lkGUI-9.6.2-7477.x86_64.rpm The LifeKeeper GUI package provides a graphical user interface for LifeKeeper and DataKeeper administration and status monitoring.
LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit steeleye-lkIP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit provides recovery software for automatic switchover of IP addresses.
LifeKeeper Raw I/O Recovery Kit steeleye-lkRAW-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper Raw I/O Recovery Kit provides support for applications that use raw i/o to bypass kernel buffering.
Quick Service Protection steeleye-lkQSP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The Quick Service Protection Recovery Kit provides a simple disaster recovery function for various services.
LifeKeeper Man Pages steeleye-lkMAN-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper Man Page package provides reference manual pages for the LifeKeeper product.

LifeKeeper Optional Recovery Software

The following optional software provides resource definition and recovery software for the application versions listed. See the Support Matrix and Recovery Kit Administration Guides for the requirements for each recovery software.

Package
Package Name
Description
LifeKeeper Apache Web Server Recovery Kit steeleye-lkAPA-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Apache Web Server Recovery Kit provides fault resilience for Apache Web Server software in a LifeKeeper environment.
LifeKeeper SAP Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSAP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux SAP Recovery Kit provides a mechanism to recover SAP NetWeaver from a failed primary server onto a backup server in a LifeKeeper environment working in conjunction with other LifeKeeper Recovery Kits to provide comprehensive failover protection.
LifeKeeper SAP MaxDB Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSAPDB-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The SAP MaxDB Recovery Kit provides fault resilient protection for SAP MaxDB databases in a LifeKeeper for Linux environment.
LifeKeeper DB2 Recovery Kit steeleye-lkDB2-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux DB2 Recovery Kit provides fault resilient protection for DB2 database instances. LifeKeeper together with the DB2 Universal Database product family afford increased availability to DB2 operating environments by effectively recovering database server failures without significant down-time or human intervention.
LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit steeleye-lkORA-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Oracle Recovery Kit provides fault resilience for Oracle software in a LifeKeeper environment furnishing a mechanism to tie the data integrity of Oracle databases to the increased availability provided by LifeKeeper.
LifeKeeper MySQL Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSQL-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux MySQL Recovery Kit provides an easy way to add LifeKeeper fault‑resilient protection for MySQL resources and databases enabling a failure on the primary database server to be recovered on a designated backup server without significant lost time or human intervention.
LifeKeeper PostgreSQL Recovery Kit steeleye-lkPGSQL-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux PostgreSQL Recovery Kit is an SQL compliant, object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) based on POSTGRES providing a mechanism for protecting PostgreSQL instances within LifeKeeper.
LifeKeeper Sybase ASE Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSYBASE-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Sybase ASE Recovery Kit provides LifeKeeper resource protection for the Sybase ASE components Adaptive Server, Monitor Server, and Backup Server.
LifeKeeper Postfix Recovery Kit steeleye-lkPOSTFIX-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Postfix Recovery Kit provides a mechanism to recover Postfix from a failed primary server to a backup server in a LifeKeeper environment.
LifeKeeper Samba Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSMB-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Samba Recovery Kit provides fault resilient protection for Samba file and print shares on a Linux server existing in a heterogeneous network enabling a failure on the primary Samba server to be recovered on a designated backup server without significant lost time or human intervention.
LifeKeeper NFS Server Recovery Kit steeleye-lkNFS-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux NFS Server Recovery Kit provides fault resilience for Network File System (NFS) software in a LifeKeeper environment enabling a failure on the primary NFS server to be recovered on a designated backup server without significant lost time or human intervention.
LifeKeeper Network Attached Storage Recovery Kit steeleye-lkNAS-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm

The LifeKeeper for Linux Network Attached Storage Recovery Kit provides fault resilience for Network File System (NFS) software in a LifeKeeper environment affording LifeKeeper users the opportunity to employ an exported NFS file system as the storage basis for LifeKeeper hierarchies.

NFS over UDP is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and later.

Some environments may require additional configurations. Refer to Specific Configuration Considerations for details.

LifeKeeper Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Recovery Kit steeleye-lkLVM-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Recovery Kit provides logical volume support for other LifeKeeper recovery kits allowing LifeKeeper-protected applications to take advantage of the benefits offered by the Logical Volume Manager, including simplified storage management and the ability to dynamically re-size volumes as needs change.
LifeKeeper PowerPath Recovery Kit steeleye-lkPPATH-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper PowerPath Recovery Kit protects applications that use EMC PowerPath multipath I/O devices.
LifeKeeper Device Mapper Multipath (DMMP) Recovery Kit steeleye-lkDMMP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper Device Mapper Multipath (DMMP Recovery Kit) protects applications and file systems that use DMMP devices allowing LifeKeeper to operate with and protect these applications and file systems.
Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager Software (HDLM) Recovery Kit steeleye-lkHDLM-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager Software (HDLM) Recovery Kit protects applications that use Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager Software devices.
LifeKeeper NEC iStorage StoragePathSavior (NECSPS) Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSPS-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The SPS NEC iStorage StoragePathSavior (NECSPS) Recovery Kit protects applications that use NEC iStorage StoragePathSavior v3.3 or later multipath I/O devices.
SIOS DataKeeper steeleye-lkDR-9.6.2-7477.x86_64.rpm SIOS DataKeeper for Linux provides an integrated data mirroring capability for LifeKeeper environments enabling LifeKeeper resources to operate in shared and non-shared storage environments.
LifeKeeper WebSphere MQ Recovery Kit steeleye-lkMQS-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper for Linux WebSphere MQ Recovery Kit provides fault resilient protection for WebSphere MQ queue managers and queue manager storage locations enabling a failure on a primary WebSphere MQ server or queue manager to be recovered on the primary server or a designated backup server without significant lost time or human intervention.
Quorum/Witness Package steeleye-lkQWK-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm

The LifeKeeper Quorum/Witness Package allows a node to get a “second opinion” on the status of a failing node acting as an intermediary to determine which servers are part of the cluster. When determining when to fail over, the Witness Server, or Storage Witness, allows resources to be brought in service on a backup server only in cases where it verifies the primary server has failed and is no longer part of the cluster.

Note: Quorum is required for all 2 node DataKeeper clusters. Each 2 node cluster must use its own quorum/witness node. Shared witness servers are not recommended.

Quick Service Protection steeleye-lkQSP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm LifeKeeper Quick Service Protection supplies functionality to easily protect OS services.
Recovery Kit for EC2™ steeleye-lkECC-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm 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.
Recovery Kit for Route 53™ steeleye-lkROUTE53-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm Route53 Recovery Kit provides a mechanism for updating Amazon Route 53 DNS information corresponding to a virtual IP address and an actual IP address information of IP resources that are in dependency relation when switching to a failed primary server to a backup server.
VMDK as Shared Storage Recovery Kit steeleye-lkVMDK-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm With the VMDK as Shared Storage Recovery Kit, VMware virtual hard disks and their file systems used as shared disks can be protected as LifeKeeper resources.
Recovery Kit for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure steeleye-lkOCIVIP-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm Communication via virtual IP address using the LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit is allowed in the Oracle Cloud environment.
LifeKeeper SCSI3 Recovery Kit steeleye-lkSCSI3-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper SCSI3 Recovery Kit protects applications and file systems that use the standard Linux SCSI device interface (/dev/sd device nodes) with SCSI-3 persistent reservations.
LifeKeeper LB Health Check Kit steeleye-lkLBHC-9.6.2-7477.noarch.rpm The LifeKeeper LB (Load Balancer) Health Check Kit replaces the Generic Load Balancer (GenLB) Recovery Kit. The GenLB recovery kit was a collection of action scripts available for download for 9.6.1 to be used with a generic application (gen/app) resource. The GenLB kit has been migrated to a full ARK for ease of use.

System Requirements

LifeKeeper Product Requirements

LifeKeeper for Linux is supported on any Linux platform that satisfies the minimum requirements included in the Linux Configuration Table. Also refer to the LifeKeeper Support Matrix for supported operating systems, applications and virtualization.

Description Requirement
Linux Operating System See the Linux Configuration Table for specific operating system information.
Virtual Environments The guest operating system running on the virtual machine must be one of the supported versions listed in the Linux Configuration Table. The following virtual environment is an example where LifeKeeper for Linux is deployed. Please refer to the Support Matrix for detailed versions of supported virtualization environments.

  • KVM

  • Oracle VM Server for x86

  • VMware vSphere v6.5, v6.7 and v7.0

  • Amazon EC2

  • Microsoft Azure

  • Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor

  • Google Cloud™

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (See Note3)

    SAN configuration is supported for vSphere 6.5 or later except RDM which is not supported by VMWare.

    Fibre channel SAN and shared SCSI cluster configurations are not supported with LifeKeeper for Linux running in a KVM and Oracle VM Server for x86 virtual machine.

    Note1: On SLES v12 or later running on AWS or Azure, the dynamic change of the virtual IP address by the cloud network plug-in may affect the operation of the LifeKeeper cluster. For detailed information, see LifeKeeper Core – Known Issues / Restrictions.

    Note2: Refer to Support Configuration for the supported configuration and the restrictions.
Memory The LifeKeeper for Linux minimum memory requirement is the same as the OS minimum requirement. System memory should be sized for the applications that will be running on the LifeKeeper protected system as well. Refer to Application Configuration for further information.
Disk Space The LifeKeeper Package Cluster requires the following disk space:

/opt – approx 100MB (depending on kits installed)

/ – approx 110MB

Java Runtime Environment
  • OpenJDK 1.8, 10 or later

LifeKeeper Optional Recovery Software Requirements

The following table shows the software requirements for the optional LifeKeeper recovery software.

See Application Configuration for additional requirements and/or restrictions that may apply to applications under LifeKeeper protection.

Product Requirement(s)
LifeKeeper Apache Web Server Recovery Kit Apache Web Server v2.4
SAP Recovery Kit
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.0 including Enhancement Package 1,2 and 3
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.3 including Enhancement Package 1
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.5
  • SAP NetWeaver AS for ABAP 7.51 innovation package
LifeKeeper SAP MaxDB Recovery Kit
  • SAP MaxDB v7.9
  • LifeKeeper for Linux v6 or later
LifeKeeper Postfix Recovery Kit
  • Postfix software provided with the supported Linux distributions installed and configured on each server. The same version of Postfix should be installed on each server.
  • LifeKeeper for Linux v6 or later
LifeKeeper Oracle Recovery Kit
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition v12c, v12c R2, v18c, v19c (excluding ASM) and v21c (excluding ASM)
  • Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 (SE2) v12c, v12c R2, v18c, v19c (excluding ASM) and v21c (excluding ASM)
LifeKeeper DB2 Recovery Kit
  • IBM Db2 Universal Database v10.5, v11.1
  • IBM Db2 Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
  • IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition (WSE) v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
  • IBM Db2 Express Edition v10.5, v11.1 and v11.5
     
  • LifeKeeper for Linux v6 or later
  • LifeKeeper NFS Server Recovery Kit v5.1 or later (for DB2 EEE and DB2 ESE with multiple partitions only)
LifeKeeper MySQL Recovery Kit
  • MySQL and MySQL Enterprise v5.7 and v8.0
  • MariaDB v10.3, v10.4, and v10.5
LifeKeeper PostgreSQL Recovery Kit
  • PostgreSQL v9.6, v10, v11, v12, v13 and v14
  • EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Advanced Server/EDB Postgres Advanced Server v9.6, v10.0, v11.0, v12.0, v13.0 and v14.0
  • PowerGres Plus (for Linux) v10
  • PowerGres on Linux v11, v13
  • FUJITSU Software Symfoware Server (Open Interface)
    • Enterprise Edition V12.2
    • Standard Edition V12.2
  • FUJITSU Software Symfoware Server (Postgres)
    • Enterprise Edition V12.3, V12.4
    • Standard Edition V12.3, V12.4
    • Lite Edition V12.3
  • FUJITSU Software Enterprise Postgres
    • Advanced Enterprise Server Edition 14SP1
    • Advanced Edition 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    • Standard Edition 9.6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14SP1
    • Community Edition 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14SP1
LifeKeeper Sybase ASE Recovery Kit Sybase ASE 15.7 and 16.0
LifeKeeper Samba Recovery Kit Standard Samba file services provided with the supported Linux distributions
LifeKeeper NFS Server Recovery Kit
  • Linux kernel version 2.6 or later
  • The NFS Server and client packages must be installed on SLES systems.


Note:
NFSv2 is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or later, CentOS 7 or later, Oracle Linux 7 or later.
NFS over UDP is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and later.
Some environments may require additional configurations. Refer to NFS Specific Configuration Considerations.
LifeKeeper Network Attached Storage Recovery Kit NFS version of Mounted NFS file systems from an NFS server or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device v2, v3 and v4.

Note:
NFSv2 is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or later, CentOS 7 or later, Oracle Linux 7 or later.
NFS over UDP is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and later.
Some environments may require additional configurations. Refer to NFS Specific Configuration Considerations.
LifeKeeper Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Recovery Kit Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Version 1 or 2 volume groups and logical volumes
EMC PowerPath
  • PowerPath for Linux v5.3 or later
  • The sg3_utils package must be installed.
Device Mapper Multipath (DMMP)
  • The device-mapper-multipath package attached to the operating system.
  • The sg3_utils package must be installed.
Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager Software (HDLM)
NEC iStorage Storage Path Savior (NECSPS)
  • iStorage StoragePathSavior for Linux v3.3 or later
  • For the supported Linux kernel and distribution, please refer to the support information of StoragePathSystem for Linux.
  • The sg3_utils package must be installed on Red Hat and SLES.
WebSphere MQ Resources
Quorum/Witness Package All nodes which will participate in a quorum/witness mode cluster, including witness-only nodes, should be installed with the Quorum/Witness Server Support Package for LifeKeeper.
LifeKeeper SCSI-3 Recovery Kit The sg3_utils package must be installed.

Open Source Packages

The following open source packages are included in the LifeKeeper installation image.

Name Version License Type and Version
curl-7.68.0-1 7.68.0 MIT
libcurl-7.68.0-1 7.68.0 MIT
gnutls-2.8.6-3.1 2.8.6 GPLv3+ and LGPLv2+
gnutls-utils-2.8.6-3.1 2.8.6 GPLv3+
libgcrypt-1.5.0-2.1 1.5.0 LGPLv2+
libgpg-error-1.10-2.1 1.10 LGPLv2+
libxml2-2.7.8-7.1 2.7.8 MIT
libxml2-static-2.7.8-7.1 2.7.8 MIT
lighttpd-1.4.41-2 1.4.41 BSD
lighttpd-fastcgi-1.4.41-2 1.4.41 BSD
openssl-1.1.1g-1 1.1.1g BSDish
openssl-perl-1.1.1g-1 1.1.1g BSDish
pcre-4.5-2.1 4.5 distributable
pdksh-5.2.14-780.7.1 5.2.14 GPL; distributable
perl-5.8.8-8.2 5.8.8 Artistic or GPL
perl-addons-5.8.8-26 5.8.8 Various
powercli-11.5.0-2 11.5.0 various license
powershell-6.2.3-2 6.2.3 MIT
readline-4.3-14.1 4.3 GPL
runit-2.0.0-4.11 2.0.0 BSD
util-linux-2.31.1-2 2.31.1 GPLv2 and GPLv2+ and LGPLv2+ and BSD with advertising and Public Domain
Perl Config::IniFiles (CPAN module) 2.27 GPL/Artistic (Same as Perl)
openjdk-12.0.2 12.0.2 GPLv2+
kconfig-frontends 4.11.0 GPLv2
balance 3.54 GPL
mdadm 3.2.6 GPL v2
nbd-client 1.0 GPL
nbd-server 1.3 GPL
HADR-CentOS-2.6.32-all 2.6.32 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-3.10.0-514.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-3.10.0-693.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-3.10.0-862.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-3.10.0-all 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-4.18.0-147.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-4.18.0-193.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-4.18.0-240.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-4.18.0-305.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-CentOS-4.18.0-all 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-2.6.32-all 2.6.32 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-3.10.0-514.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-3.10.0-693.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-3.10.0-862.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-3.10.0-all 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-4.18.0-147.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-4.18.0-193.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-4.18.0-240.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-4.18.0-305.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL-4.18.0-all 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-2.6.32-71.el6 2.6.32 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-2.6.32-all 2.6.32 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-3.10.0-514.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-3.10.0-693.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-3.10.0-862.el7 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-3.10.0-all 3.10.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-147.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-193.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-240.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-305.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-348.el8 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-RHAS-4.18.0-all 4.18.0 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.400.8.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.400.9.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.400.9.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.401.4.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.402.2.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.403.3.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.404.1.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.404.1.2.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2025.405.3.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.500.10.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.500.9.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.500.9.3.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.501.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.501.2.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.502.4.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.502.4.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.502.5.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.503.1.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-OEL.UEK-4.14.35-2047.503.1.el7uek 4.14.35 GPLv2
HADR-SuSE-4.12.14-122.20.1 4.12.14 GPLv2
HADR-SuSE-4.12.14-197.37.1 4.12.14 GPLv2
HADR-SuSE-4.12.14-95.51.1 4.12.14 GPLv2
HADR-SuSE-5.3.18-all 5.3.18 GPLv2

Installation and Configuration

See the LifeKeeper for Linux Installation Guide for complete installation and configuration information.

Upgrades

LifeKeeper can be upgraded to Version 9.6.2 from either LifeKeeper Version 9.4.x, Version 9.5.x or Version 9.6.x. If upgrading from a version other than 9.4.x or 9.5.x, the older version will need to be uninstalled and SIOS Protection Suite for Linux will have to be reinstalled. An alternative to uninstalling the older version would be to upgrade from the older version to 9.4.x or 9.5.x, then perform the upgrade to 9.6.x.

Storage and Adapter Options

For a list of the disk array storage models and adapters currently supported by LifeKeeper in shared storage configurations as well as their type of certification, see the Storage and Adapter Options topic. Details about driver versions and other configuration requirements for these arrays and adapters are listed in the Storage and Adapter Configuration topic.

Technical Notes

We strongly recommend that you read the Technical Notes section concerning configuration and operational issues related to your LifeKeeper environment.

Known Issues

See Known Issues and Restrictions in the Troubleshooting section of LifeKeeper for Linux Technical Documentation and the DataKeeper Troubleshooting section..

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  • Google Cloud, BigQuery and Google Compute Engine are trademarks of Google LLC.
  • “Oracle Cloud” is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and its affiliates.
    Trademark symbols such as ® and ™ may be omitted from system names and product names in this document.

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