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Can't Create NSS Pool Object on OES Linux

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By Aaron Gresko

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Posted: 7 Jan 2005

OES is in public beta right now, and isn't officially supported. A few people have run into a problem with creating NSS volumes on OES Linux, however---so I decided to post a tip to help them out.

According to the OES documentation, creating NSS volumes on the same physical disk that holds the boot partition can be problematic. This is because Linux uses LVM (Logical Volume Management) by default and NSS needs to use EVMS (Enterprise Volume Management System). The 2.6 kernel that ships with SLES 9 is set to only allow one type of volume management on a physical disk.

That leaves a user with the following options:

  • Install another disk to hold the boot partitions
  • Install SLES 9 with EVMS as the default volume manager
  • Patch the kernel to allow EVMS volumes on LVM devices
  • Convert LVM volumes to EVMS volumes after SLES 9 installation

More information on implementing the listed solutions can be found here in the documentation.

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