How to Remove existing filesystems from Veritas Volume Manager

How to Remove existing filesystems from Veritas Volume Manager: (all the filesystems were under veritas)

Sometimes when databases will decommissioned, in that case we need to remove the unused filesystems from the Server in order to clean up the storage.

Below is the complete process which will present how to remove existing filesystem under vxvm. 
yogesh-test $ df -k | grep ORACLE

/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_admin 1048576   52834  935768     6%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/admin
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_backup1 2084864  308850 1665020    16%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/backup1
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_temp01 4194304  284281 3665654     8%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/temp01
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_data01 36700160 17510880 17989955    50%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/data01
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_data02 164626432 91177483 68858394    57%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/data02
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_backup2 2084864  308850 1665020    16%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/backup2
/dev/vx/dsk/yogesh-dg/ORACLE_flashback 10485760   19038 9812559     1%    /data/oracle/ORACLE/flashback
 Note: Before proceeding with the activity, you should take the necessary outputs like vxprint, vxdg, vxdisk, vxinfo etc..
1.First check whether all the filesystems are in use or not.

#fuser -cu /data/oracle/ORACLE/admin

If the output show some userid/username it means those ID’s are sitting somewherer in the listed FS’s i.e Filesystem is open and some read/write operation are under progress. We need to kill them and clear the FS so that the FS should be clean/free before stopping the volume & before umounting. Usually this process is used to avoid any data loss during the read/write operation in case of open Filesystems.

#fuser -ck <FS-mountpoint>

2. Now we will proceed with the Volume stop and Filesystem unmount operation. If we will try to stop the volume before un-mounting the Filesystem  it will give errors as volumes are open, so we have to unmount the volumes first.

#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_admin
# vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_admin
vxvm:vxvol: ERROR: Volume ORACLE_admin is currently open or mounted

It means we have to firstly un-mount the Filesystems and then proceed with the volume stop operation.

#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/admin

3. After that stop the volumes:

#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_admin
4. Check volume status by below command:

#vxprint -htv ORACLE_admin
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/backup1
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/temp01
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/data01
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/data02
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/backup2
#umount /data/oracle/ORACLE/flashback

#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_backup1
#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_temp01
#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_data01
#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_data02
#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_backup2
#vxvol -g yogesh-dg stop ORACLE_flashback
5.Below command will remove the volumes:

#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_admin
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_backup1
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_temp01
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volumeORACLE_data01
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_data01
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_data02
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_backup2
#vxassist -g yogesh-dg remove volume ORACLE_flashback


#vxedit -g yogesh-dg -rf rm <volume-name>
#vxdisk -o alldgs list
#vxdisk -o alldgs list | grep -i yogesh-dg
#vxprint -htg yogesh-dg

#df -k | grep -i ORACLE
6. Check all the volumes have been cleared by below command:

#vxprint -htg yogesh-dg | grep -i ORACLE

Note: Here if your all Filesystems are unmounted from DG and you have to clean up the storage then you have to destroy the DG and free up the disks. 

#vxdg -g <DG> destory

#/etc/vx/bin/vxdiskunsetup -C <disk-name without S#>


#vxdg -g <DG> rmdisk <disk-name>

#/etc/vx/bin/vxdiskunsetup -C <disk-name without S#>

#vxdg -g <DG> destroy

7. Finally remove or hashed the removed Filesystems entries from /etc/vfstab file:

#cp /etc/vfstab /etc/vfstab.backup

#vi /etc/vfstab

#egrep “ORACLE_admin|ORACLE_backup1|ORACLE_temp01|ORACLE_data01|ORACLE_data02|ORACLE_backup2|ORACLE_flashback” /etc/vfstab
8. Done with the activity.

Yogesh Raheja

Yogesh working as a Consultant in Unix Engineering by profession. And he has multiple years experience in Solaris, Linux , AIX and Veritas Administration. He has been certified for SCSA9, SCSA10, SCNA10, VXVM, VCS, ITILv3. He is very much passionate about sharing his knowledge with others. Specialties: Expertize in Unix/Solaris Server, Linux (RHEL), AIX, Veritas Volume Manager, ZFS, Liveupgrades, Storage Migrations, Cluster deployment (VCS and HACMP) and administration and upgrade on Banking, Telecom, IT Infrastructure, and Hosting Services.

14 Responses

  1. kishore duggirala says:

    good doc yogesh.

  2. Yigesh Raheja says:

    @Kishore, thanks mate.

  3. Sateesh says:

    good one :)

  4. Yogesh Raheja says:

    @Sateesh, thank you :)

  5. John says:

    Yogesh, the way you explained is really superb!!

  6. Yogesh Raheja says:

    @John, I will keep this compliment in my pocket!!!…:-), thank you.

  7. sekhar says:

    hi yogesh,

    need procedure for kernel patch in solaris 10

  8. MS says:

    good one…

  9. Yogesh Raheja says:

    @Saurabh, thanks…

  10. Vignesh says:

    Yogesh, whenever i have doubt, i’m always refering this document. Now i have a doubt in open files. In linux, using lsof command to find the open files PID to kill, but in solaris how it possible? fuser -cu doesn’t showing PID,running process, memory consuming.
    suggest the command equal to lsof, Thanks for this article.

  11. Ramdev Ramdev says:

    I do use this if i have to know all the openfiles and corresponding pids related to a filesystem

     # /usr/bin/pfiles `/usr/sbin/fuser -c /data  2>/dev/null` | /usr/bin/egrep ‘^[0-9]|/data’

    how it works?

    fuser -c will list all the PIDs which are using the /data, and “2> /dev/null ” moves any errors or warning to /dev/null.  the output of fuser will be passed to pfiles ( the command used to find openfiles related a specific process), and from the output we are filtering only openfiles related to data and the lines which are having PID.

  12. jeeva says:

    use pfiles command

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