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Old 05-12-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Windows on LUKS LVM Post Slackware 12.1 Install

Here is my current set up (it's been working out great). For anyone that was wondering, I just followed README-Crypt.

fdisk -l output:
Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1          12       96358+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2              13       24321   195262042+  8e  Linux LVM
lvm vgs output:
  VG                 #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize   VFree
  crypt_volume_group   1   3   0 wz--n- 186.21G 27.21G
lvm lvs output:
  LV   VG                 Attr   LSize   Origin Snap%  Move Log Copy%  Convert
  home crypt_volume_group -wi-ao 150.00G
  root crypt_volume_group -wi-ao   8.00G
  swap crypt_volume_group -wi-ao   1.00G
As you can see, I've got everything encrypted besides a small boot partition. I'd like to use maybe 15G of the 27 I have free from my volume group to add a Windows partition to my setup. I've put together a list of the steps I think I need to take and I was hoping a few of the gurus around here could give it a quick once over to see if I missed anything.

First, create the logical volume that windows will be stored on:
~# lvcreate -L 15G -n windows crypt_volume_group
Then, add a LILO entry for the Windows partition.

Finally, install Windows.

There is one caveat that I am not quite sure how to handle. How can I make the Windows installer able to recognize the partition I want to install it on if it is encrypted? It is possible to unlock it temporarily or am I pretty much stuck?
Old 05-13-2008, 12:35 AM   #2
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For Windows afaik you need to use something like TrueCrypt.

Alien Bob has it in his repository. Might need updating, but you can use and edit his scripts.
Old 05-13-2008, 02:22 AM   #3
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You will not be able to install Windows on the encrypted partition - you will need a Linux initrd to unlock the partition before you can even access the Logical Volume. And Windows cannot be installed in a LVM either - only plain primary partitions will work. Basically you're stuck indeed.

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You could try to lock up your machine installing nemonico. Sometimes it happens

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Old 05-23-2008, 01:10 AM   #5
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virtual machine for you
maybe backing up your data and repartitioning with 1 unencrypted windows partition might help


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