Using the Legal Hold feature

Starting with ONTAP 9.3, you can use the Legal Hold feature to retain Compliance-mode WORM files for the duration of a litigation.

Before you begin

About this task

A file under a Legal Hold behaves like a WORM file with an indefinite retention period. It is your responsibility to specify when the Legal Hold period ends.

The number of files you can place under a Legal Hold depends on the space available on the volume.

Procedure

  1. Start a Legal Hold: snaplock legal-hold begin -litigation-name litigation_name -volume volume_name -path path_name

    The following command starts a Legal Hold for all the files in vol1:

    cluster1::>snaplock legal-hold begin -litigation-name litigation1 -volume vol1 -path /
  2. End a Legal Hold: snaplock legal-hold end -litigation-name litigation_name -volume volume_name -path path_name

    The following command ends a Legal Hold for all the files in vol1:

    cluster1::>snaplock legal-hold end -litigation-name litigation1 -volume vol1 -path /