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ONTAP upgrade after controller upgrade fails with SAN or NVMe LIFs down and delete fails

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • SAN
  • Automated Non-Disruptive Upgrade (ANDU)
  • Controller Upgrade


  • ONTAP upgrade after controller hardware upgrade pauses.


Error: SAN or NVMe LIFs are currently down, potentially causing an outage when the cluster is upgraded. LIFs that are down: vserver1:lif_0,vserver1:lif_465,vserver1:lif_175,vserver1:lif_341,
Action: Before upgrading, bring all SAN and NVMe LIFs up using the 'network interface modify { -data-protocol fcp|iscsi|fc-nvme|nvme-tcp } -status-admin up' command.
  • Attempts to delete the FC LIFs fails.


net int delete -vserver vserver1 -lif lif_0
(network interface delete)

Error: command failed: LIF "lif_0" could not be deleted because it is enabled. To disable the LIF, use the "network interface modify" command to change the LIF's "status-admin" setting to "down".

  • Attempting to down the FC LIF fails.


net int mod -vserver vserver1 -lif lif_0 -status-admin down
(network interface modify)

Error: command failed: Vserver does not exist


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