By default you create a NSS pool or volume that are managed by EVMS. EVMS is a disk manager originally developed by IBM.
In 2006 IBM discontinued development of the project. There have been no further releases until now.
Therefor Novell announced in 2008 that they will be moving from EVMS to LVM for NSS.
From OES2 it’s possible to run NSS on LVM with some with some disadvantages:
- no iManager support
- no NSS tools that use EVMS (like software RAID and the creation, modifying and deletion of partitions)
- no NSSMU support (the feature F4 update NDS works!)
- no Clustering
Advantages of NSS on LVM are:
- Better support of LVM in Linux
- Creation of a aligned partition (VMware)
So how can we create a NSS Pool with LVM?
- Create a empty (aligned) partition with Yast
- Create the NSS Pool
mkfs -t nsspool -n nsspoolname devname
- Create a directory for mounting the NSS Pool
- Mount the pool
mount -t nsspool devname nsspoolmountpoint -o name=nsspoolname
- Add the NSS pool to eDirectory
NSSMU | Pools | F4 (NDS Update)
- Add the NSS Pool mountpoint to the fstab file
devname nsspoolmountpoint nsspool auto,rw,name=nsspoolname
And now the NSS Volume
- Create the NSS volume
mkfs -t nssvol -n nssvolname nsspoolname
- Create the mountpoint for the NSS volume
- Mount the NSS volume on the mountpoint
mount -t nssvol nssvolname volmountpoint -o name=nssvolname
- Update eDirectory
NSSMU | Volume | F4 (NDS Update)
- Add the NSS volume mountpoint to fstab file
nssvolname nssvolumemountpoint nssvol auto,rw,name=nssvolname
Now you have a NSS Pool and Volume with LVM.
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