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The upgrade path cannot be determined after repurpose

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Repurpose 7-Mode to Clustered Data ONTAP


  • When logging into console or node_mgmt lif, the ONTAP CLI displays the following error:

The upgrade path cannot be determined. The upgrade process has exited. Contact support personnel for the upgrade repair procedure.

  • This occurs after a re-purpose from 7-Mode to Clustered Data ONTAP or from downgrading to a lower version within ONTAP.
  • If prior upgrade was attempted but not completed and now upgrading to a lower version than installed on alternate image, attempts to upgrade will fail on image validation with error:

Error: Upgrade is not complete on nodes: cluster1-01.
Action: to complete the upgrade, run the advanced privilege command "system node upgrade-revert upgrade" on each node

  • When system node upgrade-revert upgrade is attempted, additional error results:

Error: command failed: Upgrade path cannot be determined. Upgrade exited.

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