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VxVM System Administrator's Guide


The VERITAS® Volume Manager System Administrator's Guide provides fairly advanced information on the Volume Manager (VxVM®) and how to use it.


This guide is intended for system administrators responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining systems under the control of the VERITAS Volume Manager.

This guide assumes that the user has a:


The purpose of this guide is to provide the system administrator with a thorough knowledge of the procedures and concepts involved with volume management and system administration using the Volume Manager. This guide includes guidelines on how to take advantage of various VxVM features, instructions on how to use VxVM commands to create and manipulate VxVM objects, and information on how to recover from disk failures.


This guide is organized as follows:

Using This Guide

This guide contains instructions for performing Volume Manager system administration functions. Volume Manager administration functions can be performed via one or more of the following interfaces:

This guide focuses on using the VxVM command line interface for Volume Manager administration. Details on how to use the Visual Administrator and the vxdiskadm menu interface are located in the VERITAS Volume Manager User's Guide. Detailed descriptions of the VxVM utilities, the options for each utility, and details on how to use them are located in the Volume Manager manual pages.

Note: Most of the Volume Manager commands require appropriate privileges.

The following are guidelines for using this guide:

Related Documents

The following documents provide information related to the Volume Manager:


The following table describes the typographic conventions used in this guide.

Typeface UsageExamples
Typographic Conventions
courierComputer output; user input; names of commands, files, and directories $ You have mail.

The cat command displays files.

$ ls -a

italicsNew terms; document titles; words to be emphasized; variables to be substituted with a real name or value


$ cat filename

Refer to the User's Guide for details.


boldGlossary terms 

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