Series of the tutorial to learn LVM commands. In this part, how to extend, reduce, export, and import volume group (vgextend, vgreduce, vgexport, vgimport).
In this post, we are going to see how to extend the volume group, how to reduce the volume group, how to export volume groups, and how to import it. Previous posts of this LVM tutorial series can be found on below links :
- Part 1 : Physical Volume (pvcreate, pvdisplay)
- Part 1 : Physical Volume (pvchange, pvmove)
- Part 2 : Volume group (vgcreate, vgdisplay, vgscan)
- Part 2 : Volume group (vgcfgbackup, vgcfgrestore, vgchange)
- Part 2 : Volume group (vgremove, vgsync)
- Part 3 : Logical Volume (lvcreate, lvdisplay, lvremove)
- Part 3 : Logical Volume (lvextend, lvreduce, lvchange)
- Part 3 : Logical Volume (lvsync, lvlnboot)
This is the second post in part two of the volume group. In previous posts, we have seen commands like
vgscan. Let’s walk through new VG related commands.
Whenever there is a need for extra space on mount points and new disks are added to the system, related volume groups need to accommodate these new disks. Let’s say
vg01 is existing VG and new
disk5 is added to the server then you need to use vgextend command to add these new disks into vg01. This will, in turn, add new free PE in existing VG
vg01 and hence free space will hike in VG.
To add disks into existing VG, you need to initialize it first with
pvcreate command (see part one tutorial for
pvcreate). Once done disk can be used in
vgextend like below :
# vgextend /dev/vg01 /dev/disk/disk5 Volume group "/dev/vg01" has been successfully extended. Volume Group configuration for /dev/vg01 has been saved in /etc/lvmconf/vg01.conf
After successful completion, you can verify that new PV is added to VG by looking at
vgdisplay -v vg01 output.
This command can be used with below options :
-xSet allocation permissions
-z sparepvShould be used to mirroring to define spare PV
-g pvg_nameExtend with the physical volume group specified.
Its just reverse of the above command. It reduces VG by removing specified PV in command. It’s a bit risky to use hence extra precaution needed. You should make sure that no PE from targeted PV is being used in any LV of VG. This can be verified by
vgdisplay command. If no then you can use
lvremove commands to move/delete data. Once you are sure that no PE from targeted PV is being used i.e. all PEs are free to form this PV then run below command to remove PV from VG.
# vgreduce /dev/vg01 /dev/disk/disk5 Volume group "/dev/vg01" has been successfully reduced. Volume Group configuration for /dev/vg01 has been saved in /etc/lvmconf/vg01.conf
If you are using multiple PV links then you should remove all PV paths from VG using the above command.
This command allows two options :
-fForcefully remove PV
-l pv_pathRemove only specified particular PV path from VG
vgexport one can export all VG related information from disks into map file leaving data on disks intact. With the help of this map file, the same VG can be imported on another system provided all related disks are presented to this another system.
Please note that running this command removes all VG related files from
/dev directory and all its related entries in
/etc/lvmtab file. This means after running
vgexport, that particular VG is turned into non-existent VG for the system.
vgexport, one has to make sure that no one is using data on LVOLs from this VG. This can be verified using
fuser -cu /mount_point command. Also, VG shouldn’t be active at the time of export hence you need to de-activate VG using
# vgchange -a n /dev/vg01 Volume group "/dev/vg01" has been successfully changed. # vgexport -v -m /tmp/vg01.map vg01 Beginning the export process on Volume Group "/dev/vg01". /dev/dsk/c0t1d0 vgexport:Volume Group “/dev/vg01” has been successfully removed.
This command allows below options :
-pPreview only. It won’t actually export Vg but creates a map file. Useful for live VG
-f fileWrites all PV paths to file. This file can be used as input to
This command imports VG which been exported using the above command. Map file extracted from
vgimport command should be supplied as an argument to vgimport. In case if a map file is not available, it will still try to import VG by reading LVM information lies of physical disks. In this case, a list of all PV should be supplied.
vgimport successfully imports VG, note that it’s in an inactive state. You need to activate VG to use it on the system. Also, its recommended to take a configuration backup once you import new VG on system
# vgimport -v -m /tmp/vg01.map /dev/vg01 list_of_disk vgimport: Volume group “/dev/vg01” has been successfully created. Warning: A backup of this volume group may not exist on this machine. Please remember to take a backup using the vgcfgbackup command after activating the volume group. # vgchange -a y vg01 Volume group “/dev/vg01” has been successfully changed. # vgcfgbackup /dev/vg01 Volume Group configuration for /dev/vg01 has been saved in /etc/lvmconf/vg01.conf
This command can be supplied with below options :
-NImport with persistent device file names
-sScan each disk
-f fileImport PV paths from the file
This concludes the second post of part two. In the next post, we will be seeing how to backup and restore volume group configurations and how to change volume group states.
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