15.5 Renaming a Pool

The Rename option on the Pools page lets you to modify the name of the selected pool. For example, you might want to assign a pool name that relates to a department name change. The pool must be in the active state when you rename the pool so that eDirectory can be updated.

For an NSS pool on Linux, EVMS must unload and reload the pool in order to rename it. Depending on the pool’s load-time behavior and share state, the pool might be in a deactive state after the rename and require administrator action to reload the pool and its volumes. Because the volumes are temporarily unavailable, it is best to perform a pool rename on Linux during a period of little or no user activity. See Table 15-1 to determine what actions to take after renaming a pool on Linux:

Table 15-1 Actions Required after Renaming an NSS Pool on Linux

Pool Share State

Pool Load-Time State

Pool State After a Rename

Action Required



Active with volumes dismounted

Mount the pool’s volumes


Not autoloaded


Activate the pool, then mount its volumes


Load and unload is controlled by Novell Cluster Services. Before you rename a cluster-enabled pool, make sure to offline the pool resource, activate the pool by using iManager or NSSMU instead of using the load script, then you can rename the pool by using iManager or NSSMU.


Online the pool resource to activate the pool and its volumes. Novell Cluster Services automatically updates the pool resource load and unload scripts to reflect the name change. Also, NSS automatically changes the Pool Resource object name in eDirectory.

Because renaming involves changing information in the Pool object in eDirectory, you must ensure that the shared pool is active on a cluster node that has its NCP server object in the same context as the Pool object of the pool you are going to rename.

  1. In iManager, click Storage > Pools.

    For instructions, see Section 9.1.5, Accessing Roles and Tasks in iManager.

  2. Select a server to manage.

    For instructions, see Section 9.1.6, Selecting a Server to Manage.

  3. In the Pools list, select the pool that you want to rename.

    Wait for the page to refresh and display the details.

  4. If the pool is deactive, activate it by clicking Activate.

    Wait for the page to refresh and display the details.

  5. Click Rename.

    This opens the Rename a Pool Wizard that guides you through the process.

  6. Specify a name, then click Finish.

    If the name is valid and unique, the pool is successfully renamed.

    If not, you receive an error, and you must repeat the process. For information about valid pool names, see Section 5.4, Naming NSS Storage Objects.

  7. If the Pools page does not automatically update to show the new name for the pool, in Roles and Tasks, click Pools to refresh the current page.

  8. Activate the pool if it is deactive, then mount the pools’s volumes.