Manual LVM configuration on Fedora 13

FedoraFedora 13 is one of the Linux distributions that supports and uses Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) as the default disk partitioning scheme. While this is a good thing (it has its benefits), the space allocation to the partitions and logical volumes is not optimal. This tutorial provides a step by step guide on how to configure LVM (on Fedora 13) in a manner that satisfies the basic guidelines of LVM configuration.

So if you have the installation disk ready, insert into your computer’s optical drive and let’s get started. Note that this tutorial involves a computer with only one hard disk.

You may or may not get to see this window, but if you do, just select the disk you would like to use for the installation, then click “Next.”

Select disk

Select disk to use for installation

Fedora 13 gives you all kinds of options here. Because Anaconda’s default allocation of space to /boot and logical volumes does not make sense, we want to create a custom configuration. So select “Create Custom Layout.” Next.

Select partition mode

The disk should already be initialized. So select the free space and click “Create.”

Free space

Select initialized free space to partition

The first partition we must create is a standard partition for /boot. Create.

Partition type

Select the Partition type to create

To create the partition for /boot, select the options as shown in the image below. The size does not have to be 100 MB. For guidance, a default installation of Fedora 13 uses only 28 MB of the disk space allocated to /boot. OK.


Create the /boot partition

With the partition for /boot created, select the remaining free space and click “Create.”

Add more

Select the free space to create additional partitions

The option to choose here is LVM Physical Volume. This just means that we want to initialize the free space for use by LVM. Create.

Create PV

Initialize the free space for use by LVM

The File System Type should already be pre-select. If not, click on the drop down menu and select “physical volume (LVM).” Click the “Fill to maximum allowable size” radio button, and to encrypt the disk, check “Encrypt.” OK.

PV properties

Specify the properties of the physical volume (PV)

With the physical volume created, make sure it’s selected and click on “Create.”

Select PV

Select the PV to create the volume group (VG)

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