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vxinstall - menu-driven Veritas Volume Manager initial configuration procedure




The vxinstall utility provides a menu driven interface to configure Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM). If you install the Veritas Volume Manager software package using the operating system's package administration commands, you can run vxinstall to configure VxVM for initial use on your system.

  Note    If you use the Veritas software installation scripts, do not run this utility.



vxinstall first asks if you want to view the Veritas licenses already installed on the system. Answering "yes" is equivalent to executing the vxlicrep command (see vxlicrep(1)).

You are then asked if you want to add licenses for other Veritas products. Answering "yes" is equivalent to running the vxlicinst command (see vxlicinst(1)). and entering a license key.

Enclosure-Based Naming

You can choose whether you want to use disk access names that are based on the device names assigned by the operating system, or that are based on names that you assign to enclosures.

System-Wide Default Disk Group

You can enter the name for the default disk group (defaultdg). This is an alias for the disk group name that should be assumed if the -g option is not specified to a command, or if the VXVM_DEFAULTDG environment variable is undefined. By default, defaultdg is set to nodg (that is, no disk group).


From release 4.0 of VxVM, it is no longer necessary to run vxinstall to configure the rootdg disk group. Disks and disk groups may be added to VxVM by running commands such as vxdiskadm(1M) or by using the graphical user interface without first running vxinstall. The operation of VxVM does not require any disk groups to have been configured, and a disk group named rootdg does not need to be present on the system. Any disk group may be configured as the default disk group that is to be used with VxVM commands. Any disk group named rootdg has no special significance to VxVM. See the vxdg(1M) manual page for further details.


vxdctl(1M), vxdg(1M), vxdiskadm(1M), vxintro(1M), vxlicinst(1), vxlicrep(1)