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Install and Upgrade with EVMS Partitioned Server


November 20, 2009 1:55 pm





Creating EVMS partitions on a clean disk machine:

  1. Click Partitioning on the Installation Settings screen and select Create EVMS Based Proposal and click Next.

  2. It creates a boot partition and lvm container with EVMS volumes on the second partition.

Creating EVMS partitions on top of existing partitions:

If the server has the partitions created already with a previous installation, delete the old partitions and create the EVMS partitions new.

Follow the steps below to clean up the disk and create the partitions.

  1. Choose Create Custom Partition Setup

  2. Then select disk

  3. Press the button Use entire hard disk and choose the Create EVMS Based Proposal option.

  4. It goes back to the Installation Settings screen with the EVMS partitions created.

    It then deletes the existing partitions and creates a new boot partition and lvm container with EVMS volumes.

Upgrading a single hard disk server with the EVMS partition:

  1. Install OES 2 SP1 with EVMS Partitioning to create NSS pools and Volumes.
  2. Down the server and upgrade to OES 2 SP2. During System for Update screen, while mounting the partitions, it shows a window saying the /dev/evms/sda1 could not be mounted.
  3. Select the button “Specify Mount options“.

  4. By default the path under Device will be /dev/evms/sda1.

  5. Edit the Device to remove evms i.e /dev/evms/sda1 to /dev/sda1, then click OK.

  6. Start the Update on the EVMS Partitioned server.

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  1. By:MHGlenn

    Nice procedure, but why would one want to to this? Under what circumstances?

    • By:jlodom

      NSS requires EVMS, but Novell recommends that you not use EVMS on your primary Linux volume. However, if you only have a single physical volume (or only have one RAID container) then you will have to use EVMS on it if you want to also use NSS. This setup makes that easier.

  2. By:Shivaji

    If you are migrating from a Netware to a SLES server, setting up NSS volumes on Linux makes it easy to just migrate everything over by restoring your backup tapes. This procedure, and a few others available elsewhere, give the steps required to create EVMS partitions for the NSS volumes.