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How to create a symbolic link in ONTAP without the need for NFS

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Applies to

  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3
  • ONTAP 9
  • CIFS


A symbolic link is a file created in a UNIX environment that references or points to another file or directory.

  • This article is intended for clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 and later.
  • The PowerShell commands used are not supported until that release of clustered Data ONTAP.

This article describes the procedure that should be followed to create a symbolic link in Data ONTAP without the need to mount an NFS export.

  • It focuses on utilizing the NetApp PowerShell toolkit, which can be downloaded from the NetApp Support Site
    • The NetApp PowerShell toolkit is an effective way to manage your clustered Data ONTAP environment. It contains well over 1300 cmdlets that can be used to manage Data ONTAP, whether your environment is running on Data ONTAP 7-Mode or clustered Data ONTAP.



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