Recovering OES File System Data with LVM

You can recover the OES file system data with Logical Volume Manager (LVM)

Before you begin

Make sure to backup the required LVM data and obtain the configuration information of the original system. For instructions, see Backing Up LVM Data for OES File System Recovery


  1. Boot the new hardware with RH 5.4 DVD
    • Insert the DVD and boot.
    • Select /dev/sdb as the install drive.

      Note: Do not install the minimal system on the disk where the original root is to be restored.

    • Select customize now during package installation.
    • Unselect everything for a minimal install.

      Note: Change the root (default) VG name before install to “VGrestore” (or something other than the default) to avoid LVM names that conflict with the original VG/LV names.

  2. Post install of minimal system
    • /dev/sdb1 - has /boot
    • /dev/sdb2 – has “VGrestore” VG with default install LV’s.
    • Use fdisk to recreate /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 partitions as they were on the original system.
    • In this example we also need to set /dev/sda2 to partition type “8e” (LVM) with fdisk.
  3. Since this is a restore and not a re-install, we need the UUID of original /dev/sda2 to be used with the pvcreate command. The UUID information can be found in the files created by the vgcfgbackup command run previously.

    Now Initialize the disk to be used with LVM, and then restore the original VG information.

    pvcreate –f –u <saved_uuid for sda2> /dev/sda2

    pvcreate –f –u <saved_uuid for sdc1> /dev/sdc1

    vgcfgrestore –f VgGroup01.VG_backup VgGroup01

    vgcfgrestore –f xyzzy.VG_backup xyzzy

    vgchange –a y VolGroup01

    vgchange –a y xyzzy

    mkfs.ext3 /dev/mapper/VgGroup01-LogVol00

    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1

  4. Setup to restore data from backup
    • mkdir /mnt/boot
    • mkdir /mnt/proc
    • mount /dev/mapper/VolGroup01-LogVol00 /mnt
    • mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
    • Install File System iDataAgent software on /dev/sdb2 (LogVol00)
  5. Restore LogVOl00 and /boot (old root)

    Original system information

    [root ~]# df -k

    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on

    /dev/mapper/VolGroup01-LogVol00 7095808 3089588 3645772 46% /

    /dev/sda1 101086 12513 83354 14% /boot

    tmpfs 255296 0 255296 0% /dev/shm

    /dev/mapper/xyzzy-space 3830056 1469924 2165572 41% /space

    /dev/mapper/xyzzy-extra 4422688 140000 4058024 4% /extra

    /dev/sdb1 8254240 1188228 6646720 16% /ext3

    [root ~]#

  6. Browse the full restore backup data (Default)
  7. Select everything associated with LogVol00 and /boot. Deselect /ext3,/extra and /space, as these three mount points are not part of LogVol00 or /boot.
  8. Perform a full restore, out of place to/mnt
  9. Once the restore completes, use fdisk and set the /dev/sda1partition to bootable.
  10. Modify grub – current grub file

    cd /boot/grub.conf

    [root grub]# cat grub.conf

    # grub.conf generated by anaconda


    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file

    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that

    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.

    # root (hd1,0)

    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroupRecover/LogVol00

    # initrd /initrd-version.img






    ORIGINAL ENTRY – for /dev/sdb

    title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5)

    root (hd1,0)

    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5 ro root=/dev/VolGroupRecover/LogVol00

    initrd /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5.img

    ADD NEW ENTRY – for /dev/sda – the lines in red differ from the original entry

    title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5) RECOVER

    root (hd0,0)0)

    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5 ro root=/dev/VolGroup01/LogVol00

    initrd /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5.img

  11. Reboot, interrupt grub,and then select “Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5) RECOVER” entry from the list (the new grub entry).
  12. The system should now boot using the kernel restored from the /dev/sda1 drive and the root file system should be on /dev/sda2 (restored VolGroup01-LogVol00).
    • Execute “grub-install /dev/sda”. This should set grub to automatically boot using the /dev/sda1 (restored data) on the next boot.
    • Depending on the restored data, it may or may not be necessary to install the File System iDataAgent software again.
    • The /dev/sdb1 disk can be initialized/reformatted (old minimal system).
    • vgchange –a y xyzzy (this may have automatically occurred during boot).
    • The software can now be used to restore the data to /dev/sdb1 (/ext3) and the “xyzzy” volume group on /dev/sdc1 (/space and /extra).
    • If new hardware, the network information may need to be re-configured to enable the IP address.
  13. In our system, the /etc/fstab finds the /boot directory via LABEL, not by device. Modify the LABEL to add it to device /dev/sda1 (resorted boot directory) and remove it from /dev/sdb1.

    tune2fs –L /boot /dev/sda1

    tune2fs –L “” /dev/sdb1

  14. Reboot the System.

    System boots into the original root file system.

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Last modified: 5/4/2018 8:25:02 AM