Adding virtual disks
To add a virtual disk, you create a virtual disk, allocate
pieces of physical disks to the virtual disk, then
mount the virtual disk.
To create a virtual disk, run the
Virtual Disk Manager,
select New from the Disk menu.
Accept the default values provided for the Vdisk type
and Device entries or change the selections to
suit your system requirements. Once you have created a virtual
disk filesystem, you may mount it using the
Filesystem Manager, as described in
``Mounting and unmounting filesystems''.
Because virtual disks are intended for systems with more
than one hard disk, your secondary disks must be configured
as described in
``Adding secondary hard disks''.
When configuring these secondary disks with
do not run
Virtual Disk Manager
does not use the disk divisions created by this utility
except when migrating existing divisions to virtual disks.
To add a virtual disk:
Virtual Disk Manager
permits you to create any configuration of
virtual disk, and to allocate pieces to the disks as you like.
Not all possible virtual disks make sense. For example, you can create
a striped disk and specify that all the pieces reside on one physical
hard disk; this will, however, lead to extremely poor performance (as
the virtual disk will be unable to read or write data in parallel across
Allocate one or more disk pieces for the virtual disk:
Select a disk piece and click on Allocate piece.
Select a device (physical disk) for the piece. Using the
disk map (showing the virtual disk layout), select a free area of the disk and assign it to the piece.
Disk pieces are located by their offset (in blocks, from block 0 of the
partition) and their size. So, to create a 1000-block disk piece
you might select the first free section of /dev/dsk/1s1 (the
first partition on the second physical hard disk) and enter the value
``1000'' into the ``Length'' field.
Click on OK to confirm your piece definition.
Continue allocating pieces until all the pieces in the virtual disk
Click on Create to create the virtual disk. If
the virtual disk type uses parity data
(RAID 1, 4, and 5) you will be prompted whether you want to restore
parity at this time.
You are prompted for the type of filesystem to place on the virtual disk.
You have the option of creating a filesystem at this time, or later; see
``Creating filesystems on virtual disks''
Allocating or modifying disk pieces
The Virtual Disk Manager interface
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003