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Offline upgrade to SLES 15 SP2 with LVM and Mulitpath may result in an error.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2


SLES 15 SP2 off-line upgrade on a system with multipathing and LVM can
result in the error: 
"The volume Group /dev/system is incomplete because some physical volumes are missing.  Incomplete Volume Groups are not visible in the partitioner and will be deleted."


A fix for this issue will made available in a future Quarterly Update ISO.  The fix is to yast2-network-4.2.96-3.49.1 which will be found in SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Basesystem 15-SP2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Installer 15-SP2.

The workaround is to add "ifcfg=eth0=dhcp" as a boot option from the ISO boot menu.


YaST tries to come up with a network configuration (via DHCP). As part of this process, it tries to find out which "start mode" it should use. It verifies whether the "/" filesystem is on NFS, so it "accidentally" triggers a probing of the storage devices with not previous multipath activation.

As a workaround, you could add the "ifcfg=eth0=dhcp" option when booting the installer.  This will cause YaST to use the network configuration from Linuxrc thus skipping the failing process described above.


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  • Document ID:000019897
  • Creation Date: 04-Mar-2021
  • Modified Date:11-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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