This article will share Redhat Linux’s LVM Interview questions. LVM is one of the most important sub-system in Linux where you need to provision multiple dynamic filesystems. If you attend any Linux interview, you can always expect more questions from LVM. I have intentionally posted this article for Interviewers who always search in internet for what to ask to the candidate.To select the right candidate, you should ask the quality interview questions.By asking the theatrical values will not help to find the right candidate.
The below one is an example of bad interview question.
How many volume groups can be created in Linux ?
I feel this question is unnecessary and In day to day operation,you will never reach this limit.
I feel that the below interview questions can help you to find the right candidate.
This articles just covers the LVM part.
1.Is it possible to increase the logical volume on fly ?
Answer: Yes.We can increase the logical volume without umount it.
2.How to reduce the logical volume ? is it possible to reduce on fly ?
Answer: No.You can’t reduce the logical volume on fly. Here is the steps to reduce the logical volume on redhat Linux.
- Un-mount the filesystem
- Run e2fsck on the volume device
- Reduce the Filesystem.(resize2fs)
- Reduce the logical Volume(lvreduce)
- Mount the filesystem back for production.
The detailed step by step guide is available here.
3.How to do you scan the new LUN or disk for LVM physical volume ?
Answer:Use “pvscan” to scan existing physical volume from newly connected SAN or DISKS.
4.How to scan disks for existing volume group ?
Answer:Use “vgscan” to scan existing volume group from newly connected SAN or DISKS.
But you should use “pvscan” prior to executing this command.
5.How to scan a logical volume from exising volume group?
6.How to stop the logical volume ? or deactivate the logical volume ?
Answer: “lvchange -an /dev/vg_name/lv_name”
7.How to activated the logical volume which in deactivated state ?
Answer: “lvchange -ay /dev/vg_name/lv_name” .
8.How to disable the volume group ? or Deactivate the volume group ?
Answer:”vgchange -an volume_group_name” .
9.How to enable the volume group ? or Activate the volume group ?
Answer:”vgchange -ay volume_group_name” .
10.How do you find that what are the disks are used for logical volume mirroring ?
Answer: use “lvs -a -o +devices”
11. What are steps to perform in order to increase the logical volume on fly ?
- Extend the logical volume
- Increase the Filesystem size
- Verify the status using df command or lvs command.
12.How to list the imported volume groups ?
Answer: Use “vgs” command to display the imported volume group.
13.How to list the available logical volumes on the system?
Answer: Use “lvs” command to list the available logical volumes on the system.
14.How to list the available physical volumes in LVM?
Answer: Use “pvs” command to list the available physical volumes.
15.How to see the detailed volume group information ?
Answer: Use “vgdisplay vg_name”
16.How to see the detailed logical volume information ?
Answer: Use “lvdisplay /dev/vg_name/lv_name”
17.How to see the detailed physical volume information ?
Answer: Use “pvdisplay /dev/disk_name” Ex: pvdisplay /dev/sde
18.How to rename volume Group ? can we rename the VG on fly ?
Answer:Yes.Its possible to rename the volume group on fly.But the mounted volumes will not reflect the same unless you re-mount the volume with new VG name.
Need to update the /etc/fstab with new VG name to mount the volumes across the system reboot.
19.How to take a LVM configuration backup ?
Answer:Use “vgcfgbackup vg_name” to take the latest configuration backup of volume group.The default volume group backup location is “/etc/lvm/backup” .
20.How to re-create the device files for LVM volumes ?
Answer:Run “vgmknodes” to recreate the LVM devices files.
21.What is lvmdump ?
Answer: “lvmdump” is tool for LVM2 to collect the various information for diagnostic purposes.By default, it creates a tarball suitable for submission along with a problem report
22.How to replace the failed hard disk in LVM ?
23.How to create a mirrored logical volume ?
24.How to create a striped Logical volume ?
25.How to convert the linear volume to mirror volume ?
26.How are snapshots in LVM2 different from LVM1 in Redhat Linux?
Answer:LVM1 snapshots are readonly by default where LVM2 snapshots were read/write.
27.What are the steps involved to create the logical volume from scratch ?
i.Create a physical volume using pvcreate command.
ii.Create a volume group using “vgcreate” command
#vgcreate vg02 /dev/sdc
iii.Create a logical volume using “lvcreate” command
#lvcreate -L 100M -n vol1 vg02
iv.Create a filesystem on logical volume using mkfs command.
#mkfs -t ext4 /dev/vg02/vol1
v.Mount the filesystem using mount command for use.
#mount -t ext4 /dev/vg02/vol1 /vol1
28.How to extent the volume group ?
Answer:Using “vgextend” we can increase the volume group.
29.Assume Volume group “vg02” is already exists.How do you extend the volume group with 50GB ? Provide all the steps with commands.
1.Get the 50GB lun from SAN team.(/dev/sdd)
2.Create physcical volume ( # pvcreate /dev/sdd )
2.Extend the volume group (# vgextend vg02 /dev/sdd)
30.If the vg02 has two physical volumes called /dev/sdc/ & /dev/sdd. How do you remove /dev/sdd from vg02.
Answer: “vgreduce vg02 /dev/sdd/”
31.How to decommission/remove LVM completely from the host ?
1.Un-mount all the logical filesystems
2.Remove the logical volumes using “lvremove” command.
3.Destroy the volume group using “vgremove” command.
4.Use “pvremove” command remove the physical volumes from the system.
Many more to come …..
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