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Old 04-18-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Question /boot/efi and Suse Linux Enterprise 11


I am trying to install Suse Linux Enterprise edition 11 SP2 on a server which has UEFI bios ( quite a latest server).

So when i boot this server with SUSE linux Media,installer creates a partition /boot/efi by default ( type shows as vfat).

I never saw a VFAT partition on linux ( normally raiserfs or ext2 or ext3 for /boot), but this seems different and installer does not allow me to go for any other partition type other than vfat.

When i selected expert partitioning option ( as i have to create some LVM partitions as well ) , there is no vfat option available for /boot/efi so i had to go for FAT.

Questions are:

1. What is the difference between VFAT and FAT?

2. Does FAT a good choice for linux oS like Suse Enterprise ... why they went for FAT for elilo?

3. Is the selection of FAT OK for /boot/efi? I am concerned but does not have any option to go for VFAT ( by the way what is linux partition type number for VFAT)?

Thanks in advance for help
Old 04-18-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
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what is telling you it is a fat format ?
the /boot ( sda1) suse11 uses is ext3

i would check to make 100% sure that there are not already formated partitions
partitions that YOU did not make
/boot -- ext3
the rest on a server LVM

the default "should " set up a standard everyday server layout
Old 04-18-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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Hi John,

It could not be aalready formatted partition ... becuase i created a new hardware RAID... it is all new setup.

It seems to me that for UEFI enabled systems , Suse is creating /boot/efi partition with VFAT format....and this was quite surprising choice for me...

Please see the link below and kindly let me know what do u think....
Old 04-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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SUES 11 is a non free os
you have bought and paid for the required support contract

have you asked the novell support seeing as you paid for this


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