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Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption

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Today, I took another look at a daily build of Ubuntu 12.10 to see how far the coders have come in implementing manual LVM and disk encryption. Here is what I found: read more...
permapage | score:9492 | -finid, September 27, 2012

Install Linux Mint Debian Edition on an encrypted LVM file system

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Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is the edition of Linux Mint that is based on Debian Testing. Like the edition of Linux Mint based on Ubuntu, the installer of LMDE lacks support for LVM, and disk encryption. This tutorial presents a detailed guide on how to install LMDE on an encrypted LVM file system. But how is that possible if the installer lacks support for LVM and disk encryption? Easy. First, install a base Debian Testing system using a Debian Testing installer. Second, point the package manager to the default LMDE repositories. At the end, you will be running a system with an encrypted disk, which means another layer of physical security for your data, and one that makes it possible to manage disk space is a manner that is not possible otherwise. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9019 | -finid, January 2, 2011

LVM: Resize Linux Partitions

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LVM is handy if you work as a Linux sysadmin and your users have no idea how big their files will grow.
The Logical Volume Manager (LVM) enables you to resize your partitions without having to modify the partition tables on your hard disk. LVM becomes useful when you are running out of disk space and instead of reinstalling your system on a larger driver, you can simpy expand your existing partiton scheme.
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permapage | score:8762 | -Ray, December 12, 2005

Resize LVM RAID Partitions

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This article describes how you can shrink and grow existing software RAID1 partitions with LVM on top. I have tested this with logical volumes that use ext3 as the file system. I will describe this procedure for an intact RAID array and also a degraded RAID array. read more...
permapage | score:8748 | -falko, January 9, 2009

VirtualBox Tutorial: Clone live virtual machines with LVM snapshots

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If you use LVM volumes for your VirtualBox VMs, you can create backups and clones of a running VM without shutting it down. This tutorial shows just that: using LVM snapshots to create backups and clones of running VirtualBox VMs without downtime. read more...
permapage | score:8630 | -falko, July 28, 2012

Add Software RAID1 to Ubuntu 11.10 LVM

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This guide explains how to set up software RAID1 on an already running LVM system (Ubuntu 11.10). The GRUB2 bootloader will be configured in such a way that the system will still be able to boot if one of the hard drives fails (no matter which one). read more...
permapage | score:8518 | -falko, March 31, 2012

Back up MySQL Databases with mylvmbackup on Debian 6

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mylvmbackup is a Perl script for quickly creating MySQL backups. It uses LVM's snapshot feature to do so. To perform a backup, mylvmbackup obtains a read lock on all tables and flushes all server caches to disk, creates a snapshot of the volume containing the MySQL data directory, and unlocks the tables again. This article shows how to use it on a Debian Squeeze server. read more...
permapage | score:8360 | -falko, May 11, 2012

Tutorial: Install Ubuntu 11.04 on encrypted LVM

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Ubuntu is one of many Linux distributions with support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. LVM is a disk partitioning scheme that brings a level of flexibility to disk management that is not possible with the traditional method. With LVM, you can, if necessary, increase the size of a partition online, that is, while the system is running, without unmounting the partition. You can also add another disk to the system if the old one becomes full. There are many more benefits that LVM offers, but the those two are more than enough reasons to consider using it.

This tutorial presents a step by step guide on how to install Ubuntu 11.04, the latest stable release, on an encrypted LVM file system. Why is it necessary to encrypt the disk? For the reasons detailed here, disk encryption protects your data from unauthorized physical access. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8282 | -finid, May 11, 2011

Tutorial: Backup LVM Partitions with Snapshots

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This tutorial shows how you can create backups of LVM partitions with an LVM feature called LVM snapshots. An LVM snapshot is an exact copy of an LVM partition that has all the data from the LVM volume from the time the snapshot was created. The big advantage of LVM snapshots is that you do not have to worry about open files and database connections, and you do not have to interrupt/halt services on the live partition because a snapshot is usually created in fractions of a second, so your users will not notice any disruption, and your snapshot holds consistent data. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8228 | -falko, April 18, 2007

Install Mageia 1 on encrypted LVM

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Mageia is a new Linux distribution formed by former employees and contributors of Mandriva, a Linux software provider and publisher of a line of Linux distributions of the same name. The first stable release (of Mageia) has since been reviewed for this website (see Mageia 1 review). This article presents the steps necessary to install it on an encrypted LVM file system. read more...
permapage | score:8208 | -finid, June 28, 2011

Xen: Convert an image-based guest to LVM

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This short article explains how you can move/convert a Xen guest that uses disk images to LVM volumes. Virtual machines that use disk images are very slow and heavy on disk IO, therefore it is often better to use LVM. Also, LVM-based guests are easier to back up (using LVM snapshots). read more...
permapage | score:8207 | -falko, April 21, 2009

Manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 17

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That is because with Anaconda’s LVM-based disk partitioning scheme, all available disk space are allocated to the LVM Physical Volume, which makes it impossible to recover space from the system for installing another distribution.

That is why it is very important to plan for the future, when installing Fedora. In this article, a step-by-step guide on how to create an LVM-based disk partitioning scheme for Fedora 17. read more...
permapage | score:8160 | -finid, July 22, 2012

Dual-boot Fedora 17 on LVM and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

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This article offers a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Fedora 17 on a computer with two hard drives, with Fedora 17 installed on an LVM partitioning scheme. read more...
permapage | score:8114 | -finid, August 3, 2012

Xen live migration of LVM virtual machines with iSCSI on Debian

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This guide explains how you can do a live migration of an LVM-based virtual machine (domU) from one Xen host to the other. I will use iSCSI to provide shared storage for the virtual machines in this tutorial. Both Xen hosts and the iSCSI target are running on Debian Lenny in this article. read more...
permapage | score:8070 | -falko, May 1, 2009

Install RAID5 and LVM on Debian

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Do it the easy way with the Debian Etch installer...
Our team at LinuxForce recently put together a Debian server with LVM on a software RAID5 volume. This has been possible through complex installation procedures in the past, but today the Debian Etch installer is capable of handling such an installation if you follow the proper steps, which I outline in this article.

Among other things, we needed the flexibility to write partition tables for Xen on the fly, dependability that would allow a generous replacement window when harddrives failed, and as little possibility of data loss and downtime through harddrive failure as possible.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7866 | -Ray, April 1, 2007

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in the Ubuntu GUI

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Well, it looks like from Ubuntu 12.10, due in late October, Ubiquity will have support for full disk encryption and LVM. The test build that I installed in a virtual machine shows that the implementation is still in the early stages, but it also shows how easy it will be to configure both features when the final release hits the digital shelves. read more...
permapage | score:7843 | -finid, September 6, 2012

Tutorial: Learning Linux LVM

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Also known as Storage management magic with Logical Volume Management.
In this article, Daniel introduces you to the concepts behind Linux LVM (Logical Volume Management) and shows you how to get the latest kernel patches and tools installed on your system. LVM allows you to create logical volumes out of the physical storage resources on your machine. However, unlike physical volumes, the logical volumes can be expanded and shrunk while the system is still running, providing Linux system administrators with the storage flexibility that they've until now only dreamed of.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7816 | -Ray, April 23, 2001 (Updated: June 7, 2003)

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

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Openfiler is one of two free and open source NAS/SAN applications in active development (the other one is FreeNAS). By default, Openfiler is installed to hard disk using the traditional Linux disk partitioning system. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) adds a layer of flexibility to disk space configuration and management that is not possible with the traditional method of disk partitioning. Fedora, Debian and Mandriva have installers with automatic LVM partitioning features. With Openfiler, however, your only option is by manual configuration. This tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to installing Openfiler on disk using LVM. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:7791 | -finid, February 9, 2010

Dual-boot Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 with both sides on LVM

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How to dual-boot Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 on a computer with one hard disk is the subject of this tutorial. If you have ever configured dual-booting between Windows and a Linux distribution, the steps involved should be very familiar, but if you have not, this tutorial is detailed enough that you should not have any problems in setting this up on your computer – laptop or desktop.

When completed successfully, you should have a dual-boot system with both ends installed on an LVM-based disk partitioning system, one that allows you great flexibility in disk management. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:7724 | -finid, June 21, 2011

Ubuntu LVM Configuration

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Trying to set up an LVM-based desktop system in Ubuntu means using the "alternate-text" installer edition. This simple tutorial provides a step-by-step guide, with screenshots, on how to configure Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in Ubuntu, using Ubuntu 8.10. read more...
permapage | score:7713 | -finid, November 14, 2008
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