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Volume move fails with "volume is involved in a SnapMirror operation and cannot be moved," but no SnapMirror relationship is configured

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Applies to

ONTAP 9.0 (or later)


  • A volume move is attemped, but fails while setting up the move operation.  
  • When volume move show is run to determine the cause of the failure, Detailed Status indicates:

The volume is involved in a SnapMirror operation and cannot be moved until the SnapMirror operation is complete. Wait for the SnapMirror operation to finish or abort the SnapMirror operation by issuing a 'snapmirror abort -hard true' command.

  • As implied by Detailed Status, volume move can fail when there is an active SnapMirror relationship.
  • When snapmirror show is run, there is no SnapMirror relationship associated with the volume being moved. 
  • In addition to the absence of a SnapMirror relationship, SKTrace logs in /etc/log/mlog/sktrace.log may contain the message:SM_VM: Failed to fence volume


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