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Old 10-09-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
ermeyers
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Manual LVM2 config


I've got two Ubuntu 9.04 LTSP servers, lts1 and lts2, which have been setup differently by different people. Each server has 4+ scsi disks that I'd like to setup with LVM and SW_Raid-1 (for mirroring) on disks 0-3 on each.

Abbreviated:
Code:
root@lts1:~# lshw -C disk                         
  *-cdrom                                                      
       ...
  *-disk:0                                                     
       description: SCSI Disk                                  
       logical name: /dev/sda                                  
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)
  *-disk:1
       description: SCSI Disk
       logical name: /dev/sdb
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)
  *-disk:2
       description: SCSI Disk
       logical name: /dev/sdc
       size: 16GiB (18GB)
  *-disk:3
       description: SCSI Disk
       logical name: /dev/sdd
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)
Abbreviated:
Code:
root@lts2:~# lshw -C disk           
  *-cdrom                 
       ...
  *-disk:0                                       
       description: SCSI Disk                    
       logical name: /dev/sda                    
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)                    
  *-disk:1                                       
       description: SCSI Disk                    
       logical name: /dev/sdb                    
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)                    
  *-disk:2                                       
       description: SCSI Disk                    
       logical name: /dev/sdc
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)
  *-disk:3
       description: SCSI Disk
       logical name: /dev/sdd
       size: 8683MiB (9105MB)
  *-disk:4
       description: SCSI Disk
       logical name: /dev/sde
       size: 16GiB (18GB)
The first part of this problem is that lts2 server was setup with LVM on /dev/sda during install, and the lts1 server wasn't, so I need to emulate the LVM configuration of lts2 on lts1. So, first I need to move the standard install off of lts1:/dev/sda to /dev/sdd, so that I can begin a new LVM configuration on lts1:/dev/sda.

Is "dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdd" a sufficient copy?

The LVM install on lts2 had created:
Code:
root@lts2:~# ls -l /dev/lts2
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 2009-09-11 15:02 root -> /dev/mapper/lts2-root
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 2009-09-11 15:02 swap_1 -> /dev/mapper/lts2-swap_1
Were these links/nodes automatically created by "vgscan --mknodes"?

I'd like to end up with the same for lts1:
Code:
root@lts1:~# ls -l /dev/lts1
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 2009-09-11 15:02 root -> /dev/mapper/lts1-root
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 2009-09-11 15:02 swap_1 -> /dev/mapper/lts1-swap_1
That's enough to start, I think.
 
Old 10-09-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
Doculus
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Hi,
"dd" makes a sector-to-sector copy, but you should not have any of these partitions mounted.
You maybe you should go from a livecd.

Also, do not use them after together at the same time, as they will have the same filesystem uids, and this _can_ lead to problems (not sure about this, but I would avoid).

The dev/mapper links are automatically created, but not by vgscan --mknodes, but by the udev daemon, during the boot process.
(To be more explicit by vgchange -a y). You do not need to care about. You should not create static nodes for them either, as the device minor ids can change if you add/remove volumes, and you will have a mess.

For creating the logical volumes, you should go through pvcreate/vgcreate/lvcreate commands.
See the manual of them to understand them clearly, I do not want to mislead you.

Btw. I would suggest to setup a RAID10 array with the 4 disks, it purforms _much_ better.
 
  


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