Confimation of method to create Logical Volumes on large drives

Mansell, Gary Gary.Mansell at
Mon Jan 22 03:16:28 CST 2007

Dear all,

I have been stress testing a couple of Dell PE2950's attached to Dell
MD100 SAS arrays in preparation for putting them out as fileservers. The
machines are running up2date versions of RHEL 4 ES.

I have been stressing and rebooting the machines quite a lot in the
process but today when I rebooted one of them it has come back up and
can't find the logical volumes for the data on the MD1000 SAS array
(although it can find the logical volumes for the system partitions).

The MD1000 partitions and lvm config were setup using the following

      * Partition the Storage Device:
parted /dev/sdb mklabel gpt

parted /dev/sdb print

parted /dev/sdb mkpart primary ext3 0 <end from above>

parted /dev/sdb set 1 lvm on

      * Create the Logical Volume Configuration

pvcreate /dev/sdb1

vgcreate -s 256m VG_DATA /dev/sdb1

vgchange -a y VG_DATA


lvcreate -l 2048 VG_DATA -n APPS

lvcreate -l 4096 VG_DATA -n USER

lvcreate -l 8192 VG_DATA -n PROJ

      * Create the filesystems:

mke2fs -j -b 4096 -i 32768 -m 2 -O dir_index /dev/VG_DATA/APPS

mke2fs -j -b 4096 -i 32768 -m 2 -O dir_index /dev/VG_DATA/USER

mke2fs -j -b 4096 -i 32768 -m 2 -O dir_index /dev/VG_DATA/PROJ

      * Turn off filesystem consistency checking at mount time:

tune2fs -i0 -c0 /dev/VG_DATA/APPS

tune2fs -i0 -c0 /dev/VG_DATA/USER

tune2fs -i0 -c0 /dev/VG_DATA/PROJ

      * Label the partitions:

e2label /dev/VG_DATA/APPS APPS

e2label /dev/VG_DATA/APPS USER

e2label /dev/VG_DATA/APPS PROJ

      * Add the following lines in the /etc/fstab file for the new

LABEL=APPS /usr2/apps ext3 defaults,noatime 1 2

LABEL=USER /usr2/userdata ext3 defaults,noatime 1 2

LABEL=PROJ /usr2/projdata ext3 defaults,noatime 1 2

      * Make the Storage mount points:

mkdir -p /usr2/apps /usr2/projdata /usr2/userdata

      * Mount the filesystems:

mount /usr2/apps /usr2/userdata /usr2/projdata

Is this correct?

Specifically, should I create the gpt partition /dev/sdb1 or should I
have just done a pvcreate of /dev/sdb and not performed the parted

Any help gladly appreciated

Gary Mansell

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