Disk partition - Red Hat Linux

The Disk Partition tab lets you define partitions for the servers being provisioned.

There are two ways to define a partition for Gentoo-based system packages — by supplying a script or using fields in the GUI:

  • To supply a script, click Use script for disk partitioning. Then do one of the following:
    • Type the script directly in the input box.
    • Type the name of a local property that contains the script, enclosing the property name with double question marks.
    • Click Select Property  to display a drop-down menu of available properties. Select the property that contains the script.
      If you want to reboot after script execution, click Reboot after the script is executed.
  • To use the GUI to define a partition, do one of the following:
    • To create a new partition, click Add. Provide information in the Disk Partition window and click OK.
    • To modify an existing partition, select the partition in the Disk Partition list and click Open. Provide information in the Disk Partition window and click OK.

    Note

    If you have EFI-based hardware on the server that you are provisioning and you want to enable booting using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) during provisioning (rather than using BIOS), you must define a UEFI partition, in addition to the primary or root partition.

Field definitions

Field

Description

Mount point

The location within a file directory where a volume should exist. Enter a location or select one from the drop-down list.

For example, for a UEFI partition, select /boot/efi as the mount point.

Type

Select one of the following file system types:

  • ext2 — Supports standard UNIX file types and allows file names up to 255 characters.
  • ext3 — Supports all features of ext2 plus journaling.
  • swap — Supports virtual memory, that is, swapping data in and out of this partition when there is insufficient RAM to perform an operation.
  • ext4 — (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 only) Supports all features of ext3 plus adds support for larger file systems, more efficient allocation of disk space, no limit on the number of subdirectories within a directory and more robust journaling.
  • vfat — File Allocation Table (FAT) filesystem format, for a UEFI partition.

Size (MB)

The size of the partition in megabytes. If you want the partition to fill all remaining space on the disk, check Fill all unused space on disk.
If you are specifying the size of a swap partition, make sure the size you specify is supported by the specific version of this system package's operating system.For a UEFI partition, specify a size between 50 to 250 megabytes. The default for a UEFI partition is 200 megabytes.

Disk

If you are creating a Gentoo-based system package, enter the physical volume (hda, hdb, hdc, etc.) on which to place the partition.

Proceed to the Basic configuration - Red Hat Linux tab.

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