The removal of disk groups in VERITAS Volume Manager (tm) 3.1 for Windows 2000 results in an error message displayed upon boot.
vxboot- failed to auto-import disk group. All volumes of the disk group are not available.
This error is displayed because the disks from a dynamic disk group have been removed without being properly deported, deleted, or converted to basic disks. When the computer is rebooted, Volume Manager expects to find these disks so that the disk group can be auto imported. When the disks are not there, the error message is generated.
When Volume Manager is uninstalled and reinstalled, information about the disk group is retained in the registry. If the disk group will not be used again, remove the record of that disk group from the registry. Otherwise, the message will continue to be seen at reboot.
To remove the disk group from the registry, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to
Start | Run 2. In the Open: box, type REGEDIT and click
OK. This will launch the registry editor.
3. Navigate the registry to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vxio\Boot Info\ (Figure 1)
Figure 1 - Disk Group Information
4. The disk groups are not listed by the actual name, only by a general name of Disk Group 1, Disk Group 2, and so on. To determine which disk group to delete, click the general name to see a further listing that includes the actual name of the disk group. (Figure 2)
Figure 2 - Disk Group Detail
5. Once you have determined which disk group to delete, highlight its general name (such as Disk Group 3) and press the Delete key
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