Initialize disk

## increase the private region size default 1024
vxdisksetup -i c2t0d0 privlen= 2048

## change the default of a disk
vxdisksetup -i <device> format=sliced   - initialized a disk as a sliced disk

Note: format can be either sliced, simple, cdsdisk or none (see above - Disk Regions)

Uninitialize disk vxdiskunsetup -C c2t0d0
Disk Information vxdisk -g <group> list <disk>
vxdisk -s list
Resize a LUN vxdisk -g <group> resize <disk> length=8G
Add a disk slice to volboot vxdctl add disk <device> type=simple
Add a disk slice vxdisk –f <device> type=simple
Add a disk vxdiskadd c1t0d0 or c1 (all disk on controller)
vxdisksetup -i <device>
Remove a disk totally from VM vxdisk rm <device>
Remove a disk from a volume vxdg -g <group> rmdisk <diskname>
Remove a disk slice from VM vxdctl rm disk <device>
Clear any host ID flags vxdisk clearimport <disk name>
Renaming a disk vxedit -g <disk> rename <old disk name> <new disk name>
Move disk to different disk group vxdg move <source dg> <target dg> <disk>

Note: you must always have one disk in a disk group, you cannot move a disk that is used by a volume
Offline a disk

vxdisk offline <dev name>

Note: disk must not be in a disk group

Online a disk

vxdisk online <dev name>

Note: disk must have a private region otherwise you need to initialise the disk

Hot spare vxedit –g <group> set spare=on <disk>
NoHotUse vxedit –g <group> set nohotuse=on <disk>
Turn off failing flag vxedit -g <group> set failing=off <disk>
Encapsulate a disk vxdisk define c0t0d0s0 type=nopriv
Reattach disk (SAN)

vxreattach [-br | -c <device>]

-b = Background process
-r = Recover volumes
-c = Checks to see if reattach is possible

Discover new disks vxdisk scandisks [new | fabric ]
Disk Comment vxedit -g <group> set comment="......." <disk>
Private region problem

## Here i am fixing a "online altused" issue but search the web for different issues as there are a number of ways to the same thing, just remember the vxprivutil command

## obtain the disks private region tag 15
prtvtoc /dev/rdsk/c2t0d0s2

## dd the content sto a file
dd if=/dev/rdsk/c2t0d0s3 of=/tmp/c2t0d0s3_privreg

## run the below script

## if now errors reported above and in the file, then dd back to disk
dd if=/tmp/c2t0d0s3_privreg.good of=/dev/rdsk/c2t0d0s3

## repeat for any other bad disks

Disk Group

Create a disk group vxdg init group <disk>=<device>
vxdg init <group> <disk>=<device> cds=off    - initialize a non-cds disk group
Remove a group vxdg destroy <group>
Add a disk to a group vxdg –g <group> adddisk <disk>=<device>
Remove a disk from a group vxdg –g <group> rmdisk <disk>
Replace failed disk

vxdg -k -g <group> adddisk <disk>=<device>

-k = forces vxvm to take media name of the failed disk & assign it to the new disk

Import a group

vxdg import <group>
vxdg -n <new-group-name> import <old-group-name>
vxdg -C import <group>

Import group (clear any flags)

vxdg import -C <group>

-C - clears any exist host flags

Deport a group vxdg deport <group>
vxdg -n <new-group-name> deport <old_group_name>
List no hot use on disk vxdg –g <group> nohotuse
List spare space on disk vxdg –g <group> spare
Display free space vxdg –g <group> free
Backup disk group (vxvm 4.0) vxconfigbackup
Restore disk group (vxvm 4.0) vxconfigrestore [-p|-d|-c]
Diskgroup Version vxdg list <group> | grep -i version
Upgrade disk version vxdg upgrade <group>                       - upgrade to current version
vxdg -T 50 upgrade <group>                 - upgrade to version 50
vxdg -T 50 init <group> <disk>=<device>    - creater new group @ version 50
Boot/Default DG vxdg bootdg
vxdg defaultdg

vxdctl defaultdg <group> - set defaultdg


Adding mirror to root /etc/vx/bin/vxrootmir <alternate> create rootvol, swap vol,
Create a simple volume

vxassist make <volume> <size> <disk>
vxassist -g <group> make <vol> <size> !ctrl:c2     - don't use controller 2

vxassist make <volume> <size> <disk> layout=[stripe-mirror|concat-mirror|mirror-concat|mirror-stripe]

stripe-mirror = layered volume
concat-mirror = layered volume
mirror-concat = non-layered volume
mirror-stripe = non-layered volume

Mirror a simple volume vxassist mirror <volume> <disk>
vxassist -g <group> remove mirror <vol> !disk01    - remove the disk01 mirror
Create a stripped volume

vxassist make <volume> <size> layout=stripe

vxassist -g <group> -o ordered make <vol> <size> layout=stripe ncol=3 <disk1> <disk2> <disk3>

Create mirrored volume with log vxassist make <volume> <size> layout=mirror, log nmirror=# nlog=#

Note: for information about logging see logging section below
Create a raid volume vxassist make <volume> <size> layout=raid5
Create a raw volume

vxassist -U <usage_type> make <volume> <size> alloc='<disk>'

fsgen - filesystems
gen - raw volumes
raid - supports raid5
root - suuports root filesystems for booting
swap - performs no recovery on startup
relayout - used temporary for disk relayout operations

Remove a volume

vxedit –rf rm <volume>
vxassist -g <group> remove volume <vol>

Note: you must disable the volume first

Initializing a volume vxvol init state <volume> [plex]state=clean,enable,active
Online Relayout

vxassist -g <group> relayout <vol> layout=stripe ncol=2
vxassist -g <group> relayout <vol> layout=stripe ncol=+1
vxassist -g <group> relayout <vol> layout=stripe ncol=-1
vxassist -g <group> relayout <vol> layout=stripe stripe=32k ncol=5
vxassist -g <group> relayout <vol> layout=raid5 stripeunit=32k ncol3
vxassist -g <group> convert <vol> layout=stripe-mirror

# Display the relayout operation
vxrelayout -g <group> [status|reverse|start] <vol>
vxtask list

Remove a volume off a particular disk ## either make sure there is a another disk in the group, you can even specify it
vxassist -g <group> move <vol> \!<disk> [<disk>]
Rename a volume vxedit -g <group> rename <old_vol_name> <new_vol_name>
Starting a volume vxvol start <volume>
Start a disabled volume

vxrecover –sb <volume>

-s = start volume after recovery
-b = background the recovery task

Disable a volume vxvol -g <group> stop <volume>
Evacuate a volume vxevac -g <group> <from-disk> <to-disk>
Maintenance mode vxvol maint <volume>
Not clean vxmend mirror clean <plex>
No kernel state vxplex att <vol_name> <plex>
Extending a volume size vxresize <volume> <new length>
vxresize -g <group> <volume> +100m       - increase the volume by 100Mb
Shrinking a volume size vxresize <volume> <new length>
vxresize -g <group> <volume> -100m       - decrease the volume by 100Mb
add a DRL log to a volume vxassist addlog <volume>
remove a DRL log from a volume vxassist remove log <volume>
Extending log size vxvol set loglen = 2m <volume/log>
Detering volume size vxassit -g <group> maxsize layout=mirror - the maximum size you can create a mirror
vxassist -g <group> maxgrow <volume>     - the maximum size the volume can grow too
Recover a volume

Vxmend fix clean <plex>

Change volumes permissions vxedit -g <group> set owner=<user> group=<group> mode=<perms> <vol>

# to display the permissions
ls -l /dev/vx/rdsk/<group>


Creating a plex vxmake plex <plex> sd =<sub disk name>
Remove a plex vxplex –o rm dis <plex>
vxplex -g <group> dis <plex>
vxedit -g <group> -rf rm <plex>
Moving a plex vxplex mv <original plex> <new plex>
Copying a plex vxplex cp <volume> <new plex>
Attaching a plex vxplex att <volume> <plex>
Detaching a plex vxplex det <plex>
Offlining a plex vxmend off vol01-02


Creating sub-disk vxmake sd <sub-disk> <disk>, offset, len
Removing sub-disk vxedit rm <sub-disk>
Moving sub-disk vxsd mv <old sub-disk> <new sub-disk>
Associating with a plex vxmake plex <plex> sd=<sub-disk>, …
i.e vxmake plex home-1 sd= disk02-01, disk02-00, disk02-02
Dissociating vxsd dis <sub-disk>
Splitting vxsd –s<size> split sd<new sub><newsub2>
Joining vxsd join <sub-disk1><subdisk2><new subdisk>
relocating a sub disk ## either make sure there is a another disk in the group, you can even specify it
vxassist -g <group> move <vol> \!<disk> [<disk>]
relocating a whole disk sub disks

vxprint -g rootdg -se 'sd_orig_dmname="disk02"'
vxunreloc -g rootdg disk02

Volume Manager Information


Display all the physical disks

vxdisk list
vxdisk -o alldgs list

Display detailed disk info vxdisk list <disk>
Check for disk failures vxstat –g <group>–ff –d

Disk Group

Display group properties vxdg list
Display detailed group info vxdg list <group>
  vxinfo -p -g <group>


Display volume info vxprint –Aht <vol>
Display volume properties vxprint –vl
Display unstartable volume vxinfo -g <group> <vol>
Check for volume failures vxstat –g <group>–ff -v


Display plex properties vxprint –vp
Check for plex failures vxstat –g <group>–ff -p


Display sub-disk properties vxprint –st

Veritas Tasks

Display tasks

vxtask list
vxtask monitor   - continuously monitor

r = running
p = pause
a = aborting

Statistics and Tracing

Iostats vxstat -g <group> -r –d <disks>       - reset all stats on disk
vxstat -g <group> -d                  - display stats
vxstat -g <group> -i 1 -d <vol>       - display stats every 1 sec intervals for volume
vxstat -g <group> -i 10 -c 5 -d       - display 5 sets @ 10 secs intervals
Tracing vxtrace -d <filename> -o dev,disk <vol>
vxtrace -f <filename> -o dev,disk <vol> | more


Add vxlicinst               - versions greater than 3.5
vxlicense -c            - versions below 3.5
View vxlicrep                - versions greater than 3.5
vxlicense -p            - versions below 3.5

/etc/vx/licenses/lic    - versions greater than 3.5
/etc/vx/elm             - versions below 3.5

Reload new license vxdctl license init