Resource configuration planning

Resources in the Windows HA cluster include the application and all the shared file systems that belong to it. Windows HA provides an environment by identifying a set of cluster-wide resources essential to uninterrupted processing defining relationships among these nodes ensuring resources are available to client processes. When a cluster node fails or detaches from the cluster for a scheduled outage, the Cluster Manager redistributes its resources among any number of the surviving nodes.

Each resource in a cluster is defined as part of a Resource Group or a Role. This allows you to combine related resources that need to be clustered to provide a particular service. A Role includes the list of nodes that can acquire those resources and serve them to clients. Resources can either be cascading or rotating.

When configuring the InfoPrint Manager clustering, you have to add the InfoPrint services as resources in the created Resource Group or Role.

Before adding the Infoprint Manager services as resources, the InfoPrint Manager shared folders need to be created within the shared disk in the cluster (CSV) and the cluster nodes need to be rearranged.

Changes within the primary node

  1. Mount the CSV.

    Failover forces the CSV to be mounted within the other node.

  2. On the CSV storage, create this folder structure:

    • RICOH\InfoPrint Manager
    • RICOH\InfoPrint Manager\var\pd
    • RICOH\InfoPrint Manager\var\psf
    • RICOH\InfoPrint Manager\var\pddir

  3. After you create the folder structure, start installing InfoPrint Manager for Windows on the primary node and on all existing secondary nodes.

  4. On the first panel, the installer asks you to choose between Standard or HA installation. To install InfoPrint Manager on a Windows Server Cluster for High Availability, select HA.

  5. On the next installer panel, you can choose between HA primary and HA failover installation.

      Note:
    • When installing InfoPrint Manager on the primary node, select HA primary.

    • When installing InfoPrint Manager on any of the secondary nodes, select HA failover.

  6. Continue with the installation in the usual manner. See RICOH InfoPrint Manager for Windows: Getting Started for more information.

  7. After creating the folder structure and installing InfoPrint Manager for Windows, follow these steps:

    1. Stop all the InfoPrint Manager services within the primary node, if they are running. By default for a HA installation, the InfoPrint Manager services do not start automatically after the installation.

    2. After you create these folders, move the content from the primary node to the CSV:

      • Move the primary node \var\pd content to the \var\pd folder you created on the cluster shared volume. Within the primary node, the var\pd folder must become a Windows junction to the \var\pd shared volume folder.

      • Move the primary node \var\psf to the \var\psf folder you created on the cluster shared volume. Within the primary node, the \var\psf folder must become a Windows junction to the \var\psf shared volume folder.

      • Move the primary node \var\pddir to the \var\pddir folder you created on the cluster shared volume, and then the primary node \var\pddir must become a Windows junction to the \var\pddir folder you created on the cluster shared volume.

    3. Start the InfoPrint Manager services and check if they are running after the primary node modifications.

    4. Stop all the InfoPrint Manager services.

Changes within the failover node

Note: By default, a HA failover installation does not create the \var\pd, \var\pddir and \var\psf folders. In this case, you must create the \var\psf folder and \var\psf\segments subfolder manually. For each node, you must create a unique segment with a unique name.
  1. Remove the content of the failover node, \var\pd folder, if it exists.

  2. Remove the content of the failover node, \var\psf folder.

  3. Remove the content of the failover node, \var\pddir folder, if it exists.

  4. Move the shared volume to the failover node using the Cluster Manager.

  5. Create a Windows junction from the failover nodes \var\pd to the \var\pd folder you created on the cluster shared volume.

  6. Create Windows junctions from the failover node \var\psf to the \var\psf folder you created on the cluster shared volume.

  7. Create a Windows junction from the \var\pddir folder to the \var\pddir folder you created on the cluster shared volume.

  8. To test if the InfoPrint Manager services start properly after making these changes within the failover node, change the state of the InfoPrint Manager services to Manual mode.

  9. Stop all the InfoPrint Manager services if you have started them and change the state of the InfoPrint Manager services to Disabled mode.

  10. Move the shared disk back to the primary node by using the Cluster Manager.

File system configuration planning

InfoPrint Manager shared file systems include these:

  • /var/pd

  • /var/psf

  • /var/pddir/

The cluster administrator must configure the \var\psf\segments folder path on each node before starting InfoPrint Manager. Each node uses its own segments directory. The first node uses C:\ProgramData\RICOH\InfoPrint Manager\var\psf\segments1 folder, the second node uses C:\ProgramData\RICOH\InfoPrint Manager\var\psf\segments2 folder, and so on.

You must configure each node through the Management Console application. Select Option from the menu and choose the Customize Input Manager option.

Add resources to the InfoPrint Manager cluster group

  1. Right click on the group you have created and select Add a resource->Generic Service.

    Note: All InfoPrint Manager services must be added as resources within the created group.

  2. The InfoPrint Manager services are displayed on the next panel.

Cluster resource configuration

After you add all the InfoPrint Manager resources to the cluster, you must configure them.

First, you must configure the dependencies between resources, the same as for a normal installation on a Windows machine.

These services or cluster resources are dependent on the service license:

  • InfoPrint Manager Service

  • InfoPrint Manager LPD

  • InfoPrint Manager MVS Download Receiver

  • InfoPrint Manager SAP

You must configure them individually, by right clicking on the resource you want to configure. Select the Properties tab and add the license service as a dependency.
Note: The services or cluster resources that are not listed above do not need any dependency configuration.

After you configure the service dependencies, you must configure the registry entries. Right-click each cluster group resource, select the Option tab, and add these registry entries:

  • InfoPrint Manager Registry replication.

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RICOH\Infoprint Manager\Configuration

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\InfoprintManager

  • InfoPrint Manager LPD Service Registry replication

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Infoprint Manager LPD