Installing InfoPrint Manager for AIX on a PowerHA server

Once you have verified the failover of your PowerHA for AIX system, you can use the following procedure to install InfoPrint Manager for AIX Version 4 Release 7.

  1. Use the allocatefs utility to allocate disks for InfoPrint Manager file systems referred to in File system configuration planning. You must allocate these file systems in the order specified below.
    Important: To create file systems using the allocatefs utility, you must set the correct PowerHA configuration. You can use one of these two methods:
    • Create a new environment variable called CLUSTER_OVERRIDE and set the value to yes. This enables the correct permissions for allocatefs utility to create the file systems.
    • You can use the InfoPrint SMIT administrator’s interface to run the command through C-SPOC (Cluster Single Point Of Control). For more information about C-SPOC, see the PowerHA documentation.

    If you are running InfoPrint Manager as a non-root user, such as ipm1, you must set the maximum number of processes to at least 4096. InfoPrint Manager installer sets this value for your system during the installation process.

    Note: If you are mirroring, these file systems should be mirrored and backed up. This advice applies to all file systems except /var/psf/segments.
    1. There are two possible ways of allocating the /var/psf, /var/psm, and /var/pddir file systems:
      1. To allocate a new shared hard drive, specify allocatefs —d hdiskn where n specifies the number for the hard drive. This command automatically creates a new volume group and allocates the three file systems to that volume group.
      2. To add these file systems to an existing shared volume group, specify allocatefs —s yourshared_volume_groupname. This command automatically allocates the three file systems to that volume group.
    2. To allocate /var/pd, specify allocatefs —f /var/pd hdisk1 hdisk2 hdisk3 hdisk4 . This command allocates the /var/pd file system across the four hard drives named in the command. You can specify a minimum of two hard drives and a maximum of four hard drives.
    3. To allocate /var/psf/segments, specify allocatefs —f /var/psf/segments hdisk5 hdisk6 hdisk7 hdisk8. This command allocates the /var/psf/segments file system across the four hard drives named in the command. You can specify a minimum of two hard drives and a maximum of four hard drives.
    4. Set all created file systems and volume groups to not mount automatically at boot time.
    5. After you complete running allocatefs on the primary node, vary off the volume groups and then import these volume groups to the secondary or backup node.

    By specifying allocatefs —? from an AIX command line, you can see the command syntax that allows you to specify the disks for the InfoPrint Manager file systems. For more information, see the InfoPrint Manager: Reference.

  2. Add these new file systems to the resource group in PowerHA.
  3. Bring the resource group online.
  4. Run the InfoPrint Manager Installer on both the primary and the backup server. When installing on the primary server, use the -V flag. When installing on the secondary or backup server, use the -v flag.
  5. Comment out /etc/inittab InfoPrint Manager lines on both primary and secondary servers.
  6. Add an PowerHA Application Server with InfoPrint Manager start (start_ipmha) and stop (stop_ipmha) scripts that reside in the /usr/lpp/pd/bin directory.
      Note:
    • Only a person with root user authority or the InfoPrint Manager user can run this command.
    • InfoPrint Manager for AIX Support does not support user modification of these scripts.
  7. Specify the appropriate server names that must be started in the etc/rc.pd.servers file.
    Important: Make sure that you synchronize these files on all your cluster nodes:
    • rc.pd.servers
    • rc.ippgw.daemons
    • rc.mvsd.daemons

    These files can be found in the /etc folder.

    Note: This step needs to be performed manually on both the primary and the secondary node.

    This script lists the InfoPrint servers that are started by the rc.pd process. If an AIX server named ipm1 was being started, you could specify the following in this file:

    startserv -l en_US ipm1

  8. Run both the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI and the InfoPrint Manager Operations GUI on the primary node.

    Ricoh recommends against running either GUI on the backup node.

  9. Once InfoPrint Manager for AIX has been installed, ensure that you synchronize cluster resources across the installation.
  10. Test to make sure that your server can failover to the backup node. Check to ensure the InfoPrint system is operational by verifying standard functions, including:
    • Verify the presence of the lpd daemon and restart the daemon if it is not running.
    • If you are performing a manual failover event, Ricoh recommends you shut down both the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI and the InfoPrint Manager Operations GUI on the primary node. When the file systems are moved to the backup node on a failover, both GUIs will be brought down.