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Snapshot operation not allowed due to clones backed by snapshots during CommVault backup

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • CommVault backups
  • SnapMirror


  • SnapMirror transfers are very slow however completing once in a day. 
  • SnapMirror fails with error: 

Last Transfer Error: Snapshot copy "snapmirror.71575c6d-054f-11ee-8817-d039eaa3ca65_2163753661.2023-06-21_080000" on source volume "e1447ae2-cd8a-11e8-90d3-00a098e2b3de:Bekido_Servers" is transient. Using a transient Snapshot copy is not supported by this operation. (Snapshot copy "snapmirror.71575c6d-054f-11ee-8817-d039eaa3ca65_2163753661.2023-06-21_080000" on source volume "e1447ae2-cd8a-11e8-90d3-00a098e2b3de:Bekido_Servers" is transient. Using a transient Snapshot copy is not supported by this operation.)

  • SnapMirror-audit-logs: 

Wed Jun 21 08:32:45 IST 2023 CreateSnapshotDest[Jun 21 08:30:00]:94dfa4a6-0c1b-11ee-b4b5-d039eaa3181b Operation-Uuid=d18a7514-923d-4b55-a2d2-f00aff2ee100 Group=none Operation-Cookie=0 action=Defer source=<source-path> destination=<SVM:volume> status=Failure message=Failed to create Snapshot copy snapmirror.71575d6d-054f-11ee-8837-d039eaa3ca65_2163853661.2023-06-21_083000 on volume <SVM:Volume>.(Failed to create Snapshot copy snapmirror.71575c6d-064f-11ee-8817-d039eaa3cb65_2163753761.2023-06-21_083000 on volume e1447ae3-cd9a-11e8-90d3-00a098e2b3de:Bekido_Servers.(Volume has clones backed by snapshots))

  • Snapshot creation fails due to error:
Sat Sep 11 03:33:00 -0600 [netappsha-01: snapd_cmode: wafl.snap.create.skip.reason:error]: vol_volume_33 96aa054c-1048-11e8-xxxx-0xxxxxx1a12e: Skipping creation of daily.2021-09-11_0333 Snapshot copy (Snapshot operation not allowed due to clones backed by snapshots. Try again after sometime.).

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