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Unable to recreate SVM root volume after its aggregate was destroyed

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Storage Virtual Machine (SVM)
  • SVM root volume


  • An SVM root volume is in an unrecoverable state:
cluster1::> volume show svm1_root
Vserver   Volume       Aggregate    State      Type       Size  Available Used%
--------- ------------ ------------ ---------- ---- ---------- ---------- -----
svm1      svm1_root    -            -          RW            -          -     -
  • The SVM root volume cannot be deleted because the vserver still has other data volumes:

cluster1::*> volume delete svm1_root -vserver svm1

Error: command failed: Cannot delete root volume because the Vserver has volumes.

  • Attempt to create a new root volume fails using the -vsroot true option:

cluster1::*> volume create -vserver svm1 -volume svm1_root_1 -aggregate cluster1_02_SSD_1 -size 1GB -vsroot true -security-style ntfs
[Job 238] Job is queued: Create svm1_root_1.

Error: command failed: [Job 238] Job failed: Failed to create the volume in Volume Location Database. Reason: VLDB found an existing Vserver root volume.

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