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  1. #1

    Cool Cannot create Volume Groups while installing RHE 5 on Vmware 4.0.2

    I have tried mulitple times installing RHE 5 on Vmware, the installation works fine but i am not able to create Volume Groups (or partitions) while installing the RHE.
    My friend, an admin told me the option should come up at the time of installation...i am a kind of newbie, any leads on this?

  2. #2
    In RHEL 6 LVs are created by default, but in RHEL5, I think, you need to created them manually. Select custom partitioning or custom scheme (something along those lines) and then you should be able to create LVs

  3. #3
    I installed RHEL 6 also, but the same issue. So i reverted to RHEL 5, but the issue persists !

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  5. #4
    do you get an error message?

    what's the output of
    fdisk -l
    after you finished installing RHEL6?

  6. #5
    [root@localhost xxxxx]# fdisk -l
    bash: fdisk: command not found

  7. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by rockfella View Post
    [root@localhost xxxxx]# fdisk -l
    bash: fdisk: command not found
    How bizarre, fdisk is not installed, I thought it was part of the minimal install.

    what's the output of
    cat /etc/fstab
    It would be handy to know exactly what you have done, step by step.

  8. #7
    [root@localhost xxxxx]# cat /etc/fstab
    LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
    LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
    tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    LABEL=SWAP-sda2 swap swap defaults 0 0

  9. #8
    everything is mounted by labels, which is not very helpful here.

    Are you, at this point in time, trying to add a new VG? what is it that you are trying to do?

    At any rate, I would suggest that you install fdisk

    yum -y install util-linux-ng
    you could try running this and posting the output
    but not sure if it will be installed

  10. #9
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    Virginia, USA
    fdisk is most likely already installed.
    fdisk in RHEL is supposed be be run by sudo or root. If you're still having problems, the full path should be

    Anyway, check out this link from VMware:
    VMware KB: Extending a logical volume in a virtual machine running Red Hat or Cent OS
    Be sure to exchange the appropriate steps for ext3 and ext4, as this doc was written for ext3.

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