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Over the past 5 years, I have been setting up Ubuntu servers using the Alternate installer. I need to provision a new server today, and I'm curious if the Alternate CD is still the only way to setup LVM/RAID at installation time. I'm my limited experience with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, I noticed it's single installer configures LVM automatically. Has Ubuntu's installer, at least the standard "Server" installer, added support for LVM/RAID, or is the Alternate installer still required for that kind of server setup?

http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu-iso/DVDs/ubuntu/12.04.1/release/

Alternate install CD

The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

  • setting up automated deployments;
  • upgrading from older installations without network access;
  • LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
  • installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).

LVM has always been fundamental for our server needs, so I'm surprised if it is still not considered a server-worthy feature.

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The Ubuntu Server image has LVM and RAID, I think since 9.10. Go for the manual option at partitioning, you'll find it there.

If you want to have an Ubuntu Desktop on RAID/LVM, then you still need the Alternate image

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I started with Ubuntu 6.06, so it's very likely I missed it when it was added, and I guess I never realized the Alternate wording quoted above was in contrast to LVM w/ desktop Ubuntu. I'll give the Server image a try now. –  jimp Nov 20 '12 at 18:31
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