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SnapMirror relationships report a Preparing relationship status

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • SnapMirror
  • SnapVault
  • Unified Replication
  • Storage Virtual Machine Disaster Recovery (SVM DR)


  • An XDP SnapMirror or SVM DR reverse resync takes much longer than expected
  • It appears as if transfers are very slow, with low amount of data sent to the destination
  • snapmirror show  or ONTAP System Manager reports a SnapMirror Relationship Status of  "Preparing" for a significant amount of time

ClusterA::> snapmirror show
Source             Destination  Mirror  Relationship   Total             Last
Path         Type  Path         State   Status         Progress  Healthy Updated
-----------  ----  ------------ ------- -------------- --------- ------- --------
             XDP   svmDest:volDest
                                        Preparing       98.17GB  true    01/01 12:00:00

  • Both volume and SVM replication relationships can experience long periods of Preparing status after snapmirror resync
  • The Preparing operation may run longer, and appear to transfer more data, than a typical update operation
  • The delay in completing the Preparing operation will cause snapmirror resync of a volume snapmirror, or SVM DR, to appear slow.


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