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Old 02-18-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Question LMV on 200 student computers that has run out of room in VMWare?

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Here goes. I run computer laboratories in a community college in California, that is, I am responsible for part of the lab configuration. We run Fedora 10 as a guest O.S. in a VMWare Workstation environment on top of a Vista host for about 200 student stations. (Most of our courses are Windows based, thus dictating the Host/Guest alignment we use.) I'm a self-taught LINUX enthusiast in love with Fedora 10, but few faculty, staff or students seem to share my ardor for Fedora or LINUX.) The complete package is rolled out each semester via Sematic Ghost, which is not part of my bailiwick. The initial setup had an harddrive with 8 Gb of reserved space. The "Disk Usage Analyzer" reports that I have a 4.1 Gb HD rather than the 8 GB I'd reserved. Rather than fight with VMWare, I decided to add a second 8 GB HD, but I'm stuck with an LVM and I do not know how to add the second HD. Students have their work stored on the initial drive, so I cannot simply blow each of the 200 implementations away and start over.
Next semester I'll probably configure my setup using traditional partitions, but how can I incorporate the additional space to limp by with what I now have?
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Hi there,

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this task (ie. not having to read too many man pages and mess about with the command line) is to use the system-config-lvm program which is a gui interfacing with all the LVM commands. Have a look at this and you should be able to extend your logical volumes.

Although upon rereading your post I'm not sure if this is what you mean. I'm not sure if you have a VMWare problem or a Fedora one. If your problem is Fedora and LVM, the above comments will work, but if it is VMWare problem I'm not sure how you go about extending HDD space.?? I actually use the FREE VirtualBox which works perfectly for my use, although I run a virtual WinXP on F10 in VirtualBox, not the other way around.

Hope this is of some help.
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Here is a very good HOWTO for LVM. In a nutshell, create your new drive, boot guest, find new device in fdisk, initialize it as a physical volume, join it to, or create a new vol group and create a new volume or expand one. Easiest is to create new and move data from other volumes to this new one to free up space.
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are duplicates.

Both have one answer, but neither one is definitve.
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