This document describes how to build, install, and configure LVM for Linux. A basic description of LVM is also included. This version of the HowTo is for LVM 2 . This tutorial refers to version 2 of the Logical Volume Manager (commonly referred to as LVM2). The original LVM had a broadly similar architecture, but lacked. In this complete Beginner’s friendly tutorial, we will discuss LVM. LVM or Logical Volume Management is a disk partition management utility.

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What a great introduction to LVM!

Linux Logical Volume Manager Tutorial

Devices used as physical volumes do not generally need a partition table, however it is permissible to have one if you wish. LVM writes a header to the device to allocate it for management. Your name or email address: The etch download doesn’t work. LVM detects existing physical volumes by scanning for block devices that contain a volume label.

Process to do that is as follows. Log in or Sign up. This can be useful if the underlying device is resizable as is often the case when, lvm example, LVM is being run on a virtual machine.

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Please let me know if that serves your purpose. For example, it is not uncommon for software RAID devices to be made into physical volumes so that they can be divided into a number of smaller block devices. Successful use of this technique requires some care because you effectively need to do the work of CLVM manually and with nothing to protect you tuotrial the consequences of any mistakes.


In the situation below the physical volume is on the first partition of the disk labeled as sdb, so adapt for your specific situation: To find out the IP address of the Debian Etch system, run. The reverse is also possible, using the vgreduce command, provided that any data located on the physical volumes in question has been either deleted or moved elsewhere beforehand.

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This often makes snapshotting practicable in circumstances where a full copy would tutorrial too long. We hope you find this tutorial helpful. There seems to be so little ‘easy’ documentation out there for managing disks and LVs in Linux. Encryption should be everywhere by default by now Useful guide on shrinking logical volume. Great guide, thank you: We have added the last two columns of output so that we turorial see the space allocated to our logical volumes.

You can do this by typing:. If we check the pvs output again, we can see that our physical volumes are now associated with new volume group:.

microHOWTO: LVM (Logical Volume Manager) Tutorial

Hopefully, by this point, you will have a fairly good understanding of the various components that LVM manages to create a flexible storage system.

Now that you are familiar with some of the terminology and structures LVM uses, we can explore some common ways to use LVM.

The same applies to any other type of data on the volume lv2 you wish to preserve. One recipee I would like to add because it took me a while figuring this out myself is how to enlarge your volumes after increasing the size of a virtual additional disk in VMWare.


The default extent size is 4MB, but a different value can be chosen when a volume group is kvm2 and it is often useful to do so. But it lacks any mentioning of encryption. Increase the size of an LVM logical volume. I have spent the last 3 days pulling my hair out trying to get lvm to work properly and learn it in general. As LVM is a rather abstract topic, this article comes with a Lvm22 Etch VMware image that you can download and start, and on that Debian Etch system you can run all the commands I execute here and compare your results with mine.

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Beginner’s Guide to LVM (Logical Volume Management)

You can do this by typing: The root password is howtoforge. However this tutorial is useful example for creating LVM, the basic concept in chapter 2 should have been removed in favor of concept from chapter 7 or simply put warning there “do not do this except for training!

In this tutorial, we will discuss about Logical Volume Management. Logical volumes can have meaningful names like “databases” or “root-backup”.