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SnapMirror relationships report a Preparing relationship status

Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • SnapMirror
  • SnapVault
  • Unified Replication


  • snapmirror show  or OnCommand System Manager reports a SnapMirror Relationship Status of  "Preparing" for a significant amount of time.

ClusterA::> snapmirror show
Source             Destination  Mirror  Relationship   Total             Last
Path         Type  Path         State   Status         Progress  Healthy Updated
-----------  ----  ------------ ------- -------------- --------- ------- --------
             XDP   svmDest:volDest
                                        Preparing       98.17GB  true    01/01 12:00:00

  • The Preparing operation may run longer and appear to transfer more data than a typical update operation.
  • In some cases, scheduled updates will be missed causing the relationship to report unhealthy with the error: Scheduled update was delayed because another SnapMirror operation for the relationship is in progress




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