When you create a Solaris Volume Manager component, you assign physical slices to a logical Solaris Volume Manager name, such as d0. The Solaris Volume Manager components that you can create include the following:
State database replicas
Volumes (RAID-0 (stripes, concatenations), RAID-1 (mirrors), RAID-5, and soft partitions)
Hot spare pools
For suggestions on how to name volumes, see Volume Names.
The prerequisites for creating Solaris Volume Manager components are as follows:
Create initial state database replicas. If you have not done so, see Creating State Database Replicas.
Identify slices that are available for use by Solaris Volume Manager. If necessary, use the format command, the fmthard command, or the Solaris Management Console to repartition existing disks.
Make sure you have root privilege.
Have a current backup of all data.
If you are using the GUI, start the Solaris Management Console and navigate to the Solaris Volume Manager feature. For information, see How to Access the Solaris Volume Manager Graphical User Interface (GUI).