Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS

ProcedureHow to Repartition Drives in a Disk Set

The metaset(1M) command repartitions drives in a disk set so that a small portion of each drive is reserved in slice 7 for use by Solstice DiskSuite or Solaris Volume Manager software. The remainder of the space on each drive is placed into slice 0. To make more effective use of the drive, use this procedure to modify the disk layout. If you allocate space to slices 1 through 6, you can use these slices when you set up Solstice DiskSuite metadevices or Solaris Volume Manager volumes.

  1. Become superuser on the cluster node.

  2. Use the format command to change the disk partitioning for each drive in the disk set.

    When you repartition a drive, you must meet the following conditions to prevent the metaset(1M) command from repartitioning the drive.

    • Create slice 7 starting at cylinder 0, large enough to hold a state database replica. See your Solstice DiskSuite or Solaris Volume Manager administration guide to determine the size of a state database replica for your version of the volume-manager software.

    • Set the Flag field in slice 7 to wu (read-write, unmountable). Do not set it to read-only.

    • Do not allow slice 7 to overlap any other slice on the drive.

    See the format(1M) man page for details.

Next Steps

Define metadevices or volumes by using an file. Go to How to Create an File.