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Cannot delete snapshot owned by SnapMirror

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Snapshot copy
  • SnapMirror


  • Attempting to delete a snapshot copy fails with the following:
Error: command failed. Snapshot copy “snap_name” of volume “vol1” on vserver “svm1” has NOT expired or is locked. Use the “snapshot show -fields owners, expiry-time” command to view the expiry or lock status of the snapshot copy.
  • The following command shows the snapshot as busy and owned by SnapMirror:
::> volume snapshot show -vserver svm1 -volume vol1 -busy true -fields owners
  • Volume was previously a SnapMirror destination, but this was broken off and deleted.
  • SnapMirror source volume is no longer available
  • Snapshot delete fails even with -ignore-owners true set

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