Do not create volumes larger than 1TB if you expect to run the Solaris software with a 32–bit kernel or if you expect to use a version of the Solaris OS prior to Solaris 9 4/03. See Overview of Large Volume Support in Solaris Volume Manager for more information about large volume support in Solaris Volume Manager.
To create the RAID 5 volume, use one of the following methods:
From the Enhanced Storage tool within the Solaris Management Console, open the Volumes node, then choose Action->Create Volume and follow the steps in the wizard. For more information, see the online help.
Use the following form of the metainit command:
metainit name -r component component component
name is the name for the volume to create.
r specifies to create a RAID 5 volume.
component specifies a slice or soft partition to include in the RAID 5 volume.
To specify an interlace value, add the -i interlace-value option. For more information, see the metainit(1M) man page.
# metainit d45 -r c2t3d0s2 c3t0d0s2 c4t0d0s2 d45: RAID is setup
In this example, the RAID 5 volume d45 is created with the -r option from three slices. Because no interlace value is specified, d45 uses the default of 16 Kbytes. The system verifies that the RAID 5 volume has been set up, and begins initializing the volume.
You must wait for the initialization to finish before you can use the RAID 5 volume.
To prepare the newly created RAID 5 volume for a file system, see Chapter 16, Creating UFS, TMPFS, and LOFS File Systems (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems. An application, such as a database, that uses the raw volume must have its own way of recognizing the volume.
To associate a hot spare pool with a RAID 5 volume, see How to Associate a Hot Spare Pool With a Volume.