Supported and unsupported features for FlexCache volumes

You must be aware of the features that are supported by FlexCache volumes and their origin volumes.

Feature Supported at the origin volume? Supported at the FlexCache volume?
Antivirus Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Not applicable
Auditing Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Cloud Volumes ONTAP Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Compaction Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Compression Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Deduplication Yes Yes

Inline deduplication is supported on FlexCache volumes starting with ONTAP 9.6. Cross-volume deduplication is supported on FlexCache volumes starting with ONTAP 9.7.

FabricPool Yes Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

FlexGroup volume Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Yes
FlexVol volume Yes No
FPolicy Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

MetroCluster configuration Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

NFSv3 Yes Yes
NFSv4 Yes No
QoS Yes Yes
Note: File-level QoS is not supported for FlexCache volumes.
Qtrees Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

No
Quotas Yes No
Note: Starting with ONTAP 9.6, remote quota (rquota) is supported at FlexCache volumes.
SMB/CIFS Yes Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.8.

SnapLock volumes No No
SnapMirror Asynchronous relationships Yes No
  • The primary volume or secondary volume in a SnapMirror relationship cannot be a FlexCache volume.
  • Only the primary volume of a SnapMirror relationship can be a FlexCache origin volume.

    Starting with ONTAP 9.8, a SnapMirror secondary volume can be a FlexCache origin volume.

  • You can have a FlexCache volume from an origin primary volume in SnapMirror relationship, but not from a secondary volume.
SnapMirror Synchronous relationships No No
SnapRestore Yes No
Snapshot copies Yes No
SVM DR configuration Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.5. The primary SVM of an SVM DR relationship can have the origin volume; however, if the SVM DR relationship is broken, the FlexCache relationship must be re-created with a new origin volume.

No

You can have FlexCache volumes in primary SVMs, but not in secondary SVMs. Any FlexCache volume in the primary SVM is not replicated as part of the SVM DR relationship.

Storage-level Access Guard (SLAG) No No
Thin provisioning Yes Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.7

Volume cloning Yes

Cloning of an origin volume and the files in the origin volume is supported starting with ONTAP 9.6.

No
Volume granular encryption (VGE) Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Yes

Supported starting with ONTAP 9.6

Volume move Yes Yes (only for volume constituents)

Moving volume constituents of a FlexCache volume is supported from ONTAP 9.6 onwards.

Volume rehost No No