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?


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.


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

  • 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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