Logical Volume Management on Debian Linux

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Rob Turner

He is an Instructor of Computer Technology with Ball State University where he currently teaches all of the departments Linux courses and co-teaches Cisco networking courses. He is an avid Debian user as well as many of the derivatives of Debian such as Mint, Ubuntu, and Kali. Rob holds a Masters in Information and Communication Sciences as well as several industry certifications from Cisco, EC-Council, and Linux Foundation.

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11 Responses

  1. Dibs says:

    Thank you so much for this how to guide, i’m going to be doing my LFCS soon and was cracking my head to understand LVM and it all clicked while reading this HOW TO. Thank you for the easy to understand write up, you sir I salute.

    • Rob Turner says:


      You are quite welcome and best of luck on the LCFS. It’s a great test to challenge yourself with common Linux tasks!

  2. Anders says:

    I love LVM2 and software raid in Linux. One tip if you want to try this before making something for real, use USB memory sticks as disks. They work great as such. Swell to test disk craches and rebuilding RAID-5 or RAID-6.

    • Rob Turner says:

      Anders, I prefer LVM on hardware RAID but this little NAS box didnt support HW RAID. The USB drive option is a fantastic idea for testing a potential install! No reason to risk the real drives when USB media is so cheap.

      • Anders says:

        Actually, hardware Raid have hardware dependencies. Linux software Raided disks can be moved between machines, for instance when replace a faulty motherboard or disc controller. That can’t be done securly unless replaced with the same brand and version of hardware.

        By the way, it is dead easy to move a volume group and its logical volumes to new disks and remove old that are about to crach. Just add a physical volume to the volume group and then move all data off the bad one. Lastly remove the bad one. No need to do any manual moving. Used it to move a raid that was degenerated out and a new, larger in.

        Lastly, I would have recommended to mount under /srv and not /mnt. As /mnt are meant for temporary mounts and /srv are for server storage. Makes it easier to backup, like /home for user data. ;-)

        • Rob Turner says:

          Anders, To each their own. /mnt was only used for illustrative purposes. The box that these drives are actually in, does mount the LVM’s in a different location.

  3. satish says:

    Please let me know if the LVM is same for other distro’s as well.

    • Rob Turner says:

      Satish, You’re very welcome. LVM2 is very similar across most distributions. I can’t speak for de facto but I would say that most of the LVM stuff will be the same across distributions. The only realy differences will likely be Distro specific things and maybe naming conventions of the LVM package.

  4. SRN says:

    Great articule!!!!please more on the like of this.

  5. Satish says:

    I am waiting since very long time for this.
    Many Thanks @Rob Turner @Tecmint

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