Planning for file systems

You can set up your file systems in any available volume group, but we recommend creating a new volume group. If you plan to install the Ricoh ProcessDirector base product on two computers (an active computer and a backup computer), you must create them on the SAN or mounted file system so both computers can access them.
  • On the AIX computers that the base product or a Secondary Server feature is installed on:
    • You need to set up file systems and mount the file systems on your computer before you install Ricoh ProcessDirector.
    • We recommend creating enhanced journaled file systems (JFS2).
  • On SLES or Red Hat Linux computers that a Secondary Server feature is installed on:
    • A single partition is the simplest file system setup. The Ricoh ProcessDirector installer can create directories in a single partition automatically.
    • Multiple partitions let the system continue functioning when it runs out of space in one partition. If you want to set up file systems in multiple partitions, you need to create and mount the file systems on your computer before you install Ricoh ProcessDirector.
    • When setting up partitions of the Linux system for Ricoh ProcessDirector, you can use Logical Volume Manager (LVM), Hardware RAID, or separate partitions. Hardware RAID 0 provides the best performance.
    • If you want to use Logical Volume Manager (LVM), you need to set up and mount the file systems on your computer before you install Ricoh ProcessDirector.
    • Ricoh ProcessDirector does not support file systems created with the 64-bit inode setting.

  • On Windows computers that have application servers installed, you do not have to set up file systems before installation.

When you determine the size and location of file systems, consider these factors:

  • Storage and backup needs
  • Failure recovery