VxVM Volume based file systems fail to mount during boot time on SLES10 systems
This issue occurs because the file system attempts to check and mount the VxVM device before the device is present.
This issue is due to how the Operating System's init scripts are designed. Expectation is that network based file systems should not be mounted until later in the startup process pending additional service startups.
SUSE 10 init scripts do not exclude _netdev devices from initial mount operation as expected, addition of the "hotplug" mount option is necessary to postpone attempts to mount VxVM based volume file systems until Volume Manager can startup.
Edit the file system entry in /etc/fstab file to include the file system options _netdev and hotplug.
/dev/vx/dsk/vg/lvol0 /mnt vxfs _netdev,hotplug 1 2
For a permanent solution it would be recommended to contact Novell to get the permanent fix in SuSE:
To add _netdev in boot.localfs
# fsck $FSCK_PROGRESSBAR -R -A -m -a $FSCK_FORCE -t noopts=hotplug
# fsck $FSCK_PROGRESSBAR -R -A -m -a $FSCK_FORCE -t noopts=hotplug,_netdev