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Cannot delete NVE volume. Error: One or more key servers are unavailable for Vserver

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE)
  • External Key Manager (EKM)


  • Cannot delete NVE volume nor force delete.

Cluster1::*> volume delete -vserver SVM1 -volume NVE_vol -force

Error: command failed: One or more key servers are unavailable for Vserver "SVM1". Use the "security key-manager
       external show-status -vserver SVM1" command to check the status of the key servers. Verify that the network
       configuration is correct.

  • Trying to delete the external key server fails with an error:

Error: command failed: The key server at “server_IP” contains volume encryption keys that are currently in use and not available from any other configured key server.



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