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How to change accidently activated clustered volume groups back into unclustered state

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


By accident, existing volumes groups on a non mirrored or clustered device have been changed from a local managed into a clustered state as shown by vgs output:

sles12sp2lvm:/etc/lvm # vgs -a
  Skipping clustered volume group vg2
  Skipping clustered volume group vg1
  VG     #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize  VFree
  system   1   1   0 wz--n- 25.75g 10.75g

Now the change needs to be reverted.


Please run the command

vgchange -cn <list_of_volume_groups> --config 'global { locking_type = 0}'

to disable the affected volume groups and change the locking_type to 0. Then execute

vgchange -ay

to activate those volume groups again.

Additional Information

Example output:

sles12sp2lvm:/etc/lvm # vgchange -cn vg1 vg2 --config 'global { locking_type = 0 }'
  WARNING: Locking disabled. Be careful! This could corrupt your metadata.
  Volume group "vg1" successfully changed
  Volume group "vg2" successfully changed
sles12sp2lvm:/etc/lvm # vgchange -ay vg1 vg2
  1 logical volume(s) in volume group "vg1" now active
  1 logical volume(s) in volume group "vg2" now active


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  • Document ID:7018716
  • Creation Date: 17-Mar-2017
  • Modified Date:12-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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