Released September 26, 2023
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This release notes document is written for the person who installs, configures and/or administers the LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Linux product. The document contains important information not detailed in the formal LifeKeeper Single Server Protection documentation set such as system requirements, new features and links to product restrictions and troubleshooting hints and tips. It is important that you review this document before installing and configuring LifeKeeper Single Server Protection software.
| What’s New in this Release?
Open Source Packages
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Product Description
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection 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 Single Server Protection is built on the proven and stable architecture of SIOS LifeKeeper. LifeKeeper Single Server Protection provides superior application monitoring and can perform recovery of failed applications and system infrastructure items (e.g., NFS share, IP address, File System). If an application cannot be recovered for some reason, LifeKeeper Single Server Protection will initiate a restart of the node via a system reboot or via a VMware HA restart for VMware virtual machines configured for VM and Application Monitoring.
New Features of Supported Versions of LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Linux Version 9
|LifeKeeper Core||Oracle Linux 8.8 is supported. (Certified in November 2023.) Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.|
|Rocky Linux 8.8 is supported. (Certified in November 2023.) Note:If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.|
|Miracle Linux 8.8 is supported. (Certified in November 2023.) Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.|
|Oracle Linux 9.2 is supported. (Certified in October 2023.)|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8 is supported. (Certified in October 2023.) Note: If you are using DataKeeper, follow these steps when installing LifeKeeper.|
|Rocky Linux 9.1 is supported.(Certified in October 2023.)
|Rocky Linux 9.2 is supported. (Certified in October 2023.)
|QWK storage now supports specifying endpoints.|
|MQ||LifeKeeper for Linux now supports IBM MQ 9.3.2, 9.3.3 and 9.3.4 (Certified in November 2023.)|
|LifeKeeper Core||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 is supported.|
|Enhanced firewall detection during setup runtime.|
| Rocky Linux 9.0 is supported.
|Miracle Linux v8.6 is supported.|
|VMware vSphere 8.0 is supported. (Certified in June 2023.)|
|Oracle Linux 8.7 is supported. (Certified in June 2023.)|
|Oracle Linux 9.0 and 9.1 are supported. (Certified in June 2023.)|
|Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 (Certified in May 2023.)|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 is supported. (Certified in May 2023.)|
|Rocky Linux 8.7 is supported. (Certified in June 2023.)|
|Miracle Linux 9 is supported. (Certified in June 2023.)|
|PostgreSQL Recivery Kit||Supports PostgreSQL 15.|
|NFS||LifeKeeper does not support NFS loop back configurations where a server exports a file system and mounts the exported file system on the same system. An error message is logged if the unsupported configuration is detected during install/update or creation of an NFS resource.|
|LifeKeeper Core||Added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6.|
|Added support for Oracle Linux 8.6.|
|Miracle Linux 8.4 is now supported.|
|LifeKeeper Core||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 is supported.|
|Oracle Linux 8.5 is supported.|
|Recovery Kit for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure||Communication via virtual IP address using the LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit is allowed in the Oracle Cloud environment.|
|Network Attached Storage Recovery Kit||It is no longer necessary to set “NFS_RPC_PROTOCOL=tcp” when protecting an NFS shared file system with UDP disabled|
|LifeKeeper GUI||Bug Fixes|
|LifeKeeper Core||Support SLES 15 SP3|
|Supports Oracle Linux 8.4|
|Oracle||Supports Oracle 21c (21.3) running on-premises|
|PostgreSQL Recovery Kit||Supports PostgreSQL 14|
|Supports EDB Postgres Advanced Server 14.0 (Certified in January 2022)|
||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.
|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.|
|MySQL||Supports MariaDB 10.5|
|MQ||Supports WebSphere MQ 9.2 for RHEL 7.9|
|Supports WebSphere MQ 9.2 for RHEL 8.3|
|Install, NFS, IP, Oracle, Quorum/Witness, Filesystem, Generic, lksupport||Bug Fixes|
|LifeKeeper Core||Supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)|
|Supports CentOS 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)|
|Supports Oracle Linux 7.9 (Certified in December 2020)|
|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.
|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 （UEK6 is not supported）|
|Supports OpenSSL package to 1.1.1g|
|Supports SLES15 SP2|
|Supports cURL package to 7.68.0|
|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|
|PostgreSQL||Supports PostgreSQL 13 (Certified in December 2020)|
|Supports EDB Postgres Advanced Server 13.0 (Certified in December 2020)|
|SAP MaxDB, DB2, Filesystem, Generic Application, IP||Bug Fixes|
The following is a list of the latest bug fixes and enhancements.
|PL-8605||Upgrade perl from 5.8.8 to 5.32.1|
|PL-16529||Upgrade Open source packages powershell and PowerCLI|
|PL-16874||Updated the included OpenSSL package to 3.1.1|
Hotfixes and Add-on Support Packages
The patch is located here.
||The patch resolves a problem when the lighttpd package was updated the entries in the LifeKeeper default file was not properly being included causing lkpolicy to fail. The Monitoring.cgi change resolves a problem where it was to trying to call a subroutine that no longer exists and was using a deprecated Perl syntax.|
|Oracle ARK||Oracle 12c R1 and R2 are no longer supported.|
|WebSphere MQ ARK||MQ 8.0.x and 9.0.x are no longer supported.|
|No longer support new or existing configurations with NFS servers/clients on the same nodes (also known as “Loopback configuration”).|
|Core||SteelEye Management Console is no longer supported.|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is no longer supported.|
|CentOS 6 is no longer supported.|
|Oracle Linux 6 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Software is bundled and runs on 64-bit systems (x86_64, AMD64) and is comprised of the following components:
|LifeKeeper Core||steeleye-lk-9.8.0-7607.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.|
|LifeKeeper GUI||steeleye-lkGUI-9.8.0-7607.x86_64.rpm||The LifeKeeper GUI package provides a graphical user interface for LifeKeeper administration and status monitoring.|
|LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkIP-9.8.0-7607.noarch.rpm||The SSP IP Recovery Kit provides recovery software for automatic switchover of IP addresses.|
|Quick Service Protection||steeleye-lkQSP-9.8.0-7607.noarch.rpm||The Quick Service Protection Recovery Kit provides a simple disaster recovery function for various services.|
|LifeKeeper Man Pages||steeleye-lkMAN-9.8.0-7607.noarch.rpm||The LifeKeeper Man Page package provides reference manual pages for the SSP product.|
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Optional Software
|LifeKeeper Apache Web Server Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkAPA-9.8.0-7607.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 MaxDB Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkSAPDB-9.8.0-7607.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-lkDB2-9.8.0-7607.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-9.8.0-7607.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-9.8.0-7607.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-9.8.0-7607.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-9.8.0-7607.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 NFS Server Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkNFS-9.8.0-7607.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-9.8.0-7607.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 WebSphere MQ Recovery Kit||steeleye-lkMQS-9.8.0-7607.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.|
|Recovery Kit for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure||steeleye-lkOCIVIP-9.8.0-7607.noarch.rpm||Communication via a virtual IP address using the LifeKeeper IP Recovery Kit is allowed in the Oracle Cloud environment.|
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Product Requirements
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection is supported on any Linux platform that satisfies the minimum requirements included in the table below.
|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.
|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.|
|Memory||The minimum memory requirement for a system supporting LifeKeeper is 512 MB. This is the minimum amount required by LifeKeeper supported Linux distributions. 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||
SSP for Linux can be upgraded to Version 9.8.0 from either LifeKeeper Version 9.6.x or Version 9.7.0. If upgrading from a version other than 9.6.x or 9.7.0, the older version will need to be uninstalled and SSP for Linux will have to be reinstalled. An alternative to uninstalling the older version would be to upgrade from the older version to 9.6.x or 9.7.0, then perform the upgrade to 9.8.0.
LifeKeeper Single Server Protection Support Software Requirements
The following table of Supporting Software is only required in VMware VMs configured for VM and Application Monitoring.
VMware vSphere Client (for LifeKeeper Single Server Protection vSphere Client Plug-in functionality)
VMware Tools installed and running on all protected virtual machines
VMware Application HA monitoring must be enabled and set to VM and Application Monitoring for all protected virtual machines
|Approximately 175 KB in /opt (for VMware Tools|
Open Source Packages
The following open source packages are included in the LifeKeeper installation image.
|Name||Version||License Type and Version|
|pdksh||5.2.14||Public Domain and GPL|
|perl (IMPORTANT: Starting in LifeKeeper for Linux v9.8.0 the perl version that is included has been upgraded to Perl 5.32.1 which may require changes to custom perl code. Refer to Perl 5.8.8 to Perl 5.32.1 Upgrade for details.)||5.32.1||GPL-1.0-or-later or Artistic-1.0-Perl|
|Perl Addon Packages||–||Various|
|util-linux||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)|
|nbd (kernel module)|| 2.6.32
|raid1 (kernel module)|| 2.6.32
See the Known Issues and Workarounds section in LifeKeeper Single Server Protection for Linux Technical Documentation for known issues, workarounds and other troubleshooting information.