Create physical volume

pvcreate /dev/sda4

Physical volume “/dev/sda4” successfully created

Create a logical volume group called pve

vgcreate pve /dev/sda4

Volume group “pve” successfully created

Create volume group If you really need to assign all space on partition this is the way to do it. This is not a good idea as snapshots will not work.

lvcreate -l 100%VG -n storage pve

to use 90%

lvcreate -l 90%VG -n storage pve

If you plan to support lvm snapshots do not use 100% space as you need a second lvm volume.

Logical volume “storage” created

Create filesystem

mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/pve-storage

Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

Display your setup

Display Physical volume

pvdisplay -v -m

Display Volume group


Display Logical volume

LVM volumes follow the convention: /dev//.

lvdisplay /dev/pve/storage


N.B. when LVM2 snapshot, the destination of the backup must be outside the LVM volume that contains the VM you are backing up (i.e. if your VM is in /pve/data that is mounted as /var/lib/vz, you can’t save the backup in /var/lib/vz/dump).