Converting filesystems to virtual disks
A traditional filesystem exists as a physical disk division.
Because virtual disks provide more
flexible storage than divisions,
consider converting all your filesystem divisions to virtual
disks. Once you have converted a division to a virtual disk, it will no
longer be accessible via the divisions device nodes. It will be accessible
via the virtual disk device nodes.
To migrate from a system based on divisions to virtual
disks, unmount the filesystems on the division that you wish to convert,
then create a simple virtual disk for each division using the
Virtual Disk Manager,
as described in
``Adding virtual disks''.
Allocate the division to the virtual disk, as described in
``Allocating or modifying disk pieces''.
The division will be deleted automatically once the virtual
disk is assigned to it.
When the filesystem is in a simple virtual disk
configuration, migration to other
array configurations can be done without taking the disk
offline. The division should not be accessed while it is migrated.
For your existing divisions:
Unmount the filesystems on the divisions that you want to convert.
For each division, select New from the Disk menu,
add a simple one-piece virtual disk as described in
``Adding virtual disks'',
and allocate the division to the virtual disk.
This overlays each division with a simple virtual disk.
For each division, select Modify from the Disk menu,
and migrate the simple virtual disk to the desired
RAID type. For example, if you want to create a mirrored
filesystem, select Mirror and allocate a spare disk piece
to the parity piece.
If migrating to a disk array, you must have spare disk
space for temporary storage.
Use the Filesystem Manager to
update the information about mounted filesystems.
Replace the filesystems' divvy device nodes with
their virtual disk ones.
For example, if you have replaced the /u filesystem
with a mirror vdisk4,
mount /dev/dsk/vdisk4 instead of /dev/u
on the /u mount point.
Tuning the performance of virtual disks
Creating filesystems on virtual disks
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003