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Snapshots - changing the snapshot policy may result in losing snapshots in the next scheduled run

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9.x
  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3
  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2


When changing the snapshot policy of a volume, the following prompt is displayed:

vol modify -vserver <vserver_name> -volume <volume_name> -snapshot-policy <snapshot_policy_name>


::> vol modify -vserver smsql -volume smsqlpri -snapshot-policy Newpolicy
Warning: You are changing the Snapshot policy on volume smsqlpri to Newpolicy. Any Snapshot copies on this volume from the previous policy will not be deleted by this new Snapshot policy.
Do you want to continue? {y|n}:

  • The message implies that all current snapshots will remain, but this is not the case.
  • The message says that snapshots will not be deleted 'immediately'.
  • Once the new schedule starts, all snapshots will adhere to the new policy if the naming convention stays the same.

What can occur:

  • If the new retention rule allows more snapshots per hourly, weekly, or monthly schedule, then nothing will happen.
  • If the new retention rule decreases the number of snapshots, then upon the next scheduled run, you will lose the older snapshots based on the new retention limit.

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