The LifeKeeper for Linux SAP MaxDB Recovery Kit provides a mechanism for protecting SAP MaxDB instances within LifeKeeper. The SAP MaxDB software, LifeKeeper Core and SAP MaxDB Recovery Kit are installed on two or more servers in a cluster. Once the SAP MaxDB database instance is under LifeKeeper protection, clients connect to the database using a LifeKeeper protected IP address. The LifeKeeper protected IP address must be created separately and a dependency made manually between the parent SAP MaxDB resource instance and the child IP address resource. In the event that the SAP MaxDB server fails, LifeKeeper will first attempt to recover it on the local server. If the local recovery fails, then LifeKeeper will fail over to a backup server.