Primary-DR post-install tasks

This topic describes tasks that you perform after the Primary-DR installation.

Configure time synchronization on the Vault Server using NTP

The Vault must be synchronized with the organization’s NTP server.

1. In C:\Program Files\PrivateArk\Server\DBParm.ini, set the following parameter:

Where X.X.X.X, Y.Y.Y.Y, Z.Z.Z.Z and so on are the Time Server IP addresses and port 123 is the Windows Time port.

2. Restart the Vault application using the Private-Ark Central Administration Console (the PrivateArk Server icon on the desktop).

After configuring the NTP settings and registration keys (refer to the Microsoft documentation for details), you must set the Windows Time service to Automatic (Delayed start) and start it in order for the settings to take effect.

After defining the NTP, ensure that the last synced time source lists the IP address of one of your defined NTP servers. If it does not, then there may be firewall issues or the sync process did not run successfully.

Enable the Disaster Recovery user

The Disaster Recovery User (DR User) is a predefined user that is added automatically as an Owner to every Safe, and only has the access rights required to replicate the Safes. The predefined DR User makes it easier to replicate your data to the Disaster Recovery Vault.

When the DR user is created during installation, the DR User account is disabled. Before using the DR User, enable it in the Primary Vault and update its password.

Specify how frequently the DR Vault will be updated

The DR parameter file determines how frequently the Production Vault will be replicated to the DR Vault. When you set these parameters, take into consideration that the more frequently a replication is performed, the less chance there is that information will be lost if the Production Vault stops suddenly. On the other hand, constant replications use Vault resources and may affect other Vault tasks.

In PADR.ini, specify the following parameter:
ReplicateInterval – The minimum time interval in seconds between data replications.

Hide the Vault users hierarchy

Configure the DR Remote Administration Agent

As a part of the DR Vault installation, the Remote Control Agent is installed and configured automatically. You can use remote administration features immediately after installation. For more information about Remote Administration, see Install remote administration clients.

For information about configuring the Remote Control Agent manually, see Remote Control Client.