There is a simple way of creating partitions on a Linux server if you have the option to turn the server off during the process.
GPartd can be booted to give you a simple GUI interface to manage all disks attached to the Linux server in either a physical or virtual capacity.

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For this example I am going to do this to a virtual machine (SLES 11 x64)

  1. Copy the gpartd live ISO to an accessible datastoreGpartd ISO
  2. Attach the ISO to the serverAttach Gpartd to VM
  3. Power on the virtual machine
  4. Open the console (if virtualised)Gpartd Start Screen
  5. Press enterGPartd Keymap
  6. Don’t change the keymap unless you need to so press enter past thisGPartd Language
  7. Change your language to your preferred language or press enter for the default (33 English)GPartd XServer Start
  8. Press enter to start X Server
  9. Select disk on top right of windowGPartd Select Disk
  10. Click on Device -> New Partition Table
  11. Click OK
  12. Drag the slider to the desired size or enter required amount in fields and press AddGPartd Create Partition
  13. Click Apply
  14. Click Apply if you want to accept the pending operationsGPartd ApplyGPartd Creating PartitionGPartd Created Partition
  15. Take a note of the location of the disk, in this case it is /dev/sdb1
  16. Reboot
  17. Remove ISO from virtual CD-ROM drive or eject media from physical server.
  18. Log in
  19. Create the mount point folder eg: mkdir /mnt/disk1
  20. Type “mount /dev/sdb1 /test”
  21. Type “df -h” to see the volume

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