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SANtricity commands

Set volume group forced state

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The set volumeGroup forcedState command moves a volume group into a Forced state.

Supported Arrays

This command applies to any individual storage array, including the E2700, E5600, E2800, E5700, EF600 and EF300 arrays, as long as all SMcli packages are installed.


To execute this command on an E2800, E5700, EF600, or EF300 storage array, you must have the Storage Admin role.


Use this command if the start volumeGroup import command does not move the volume group to an Imported state or if the import operation does not work because of hardware errors. In a Forced state, the volume group can be imported, and you can then identify the hardware errors.


set volumeGroup [volumeGroupName] forcedState


Parameter Description


The name of the volume group that you want to place in a Forced state. Enclose the volume group name in square brackets ([ ]).


You can move the drives that comprise a volume group from one storage array to another storage array. The CLI provides three commands that let you move the drives. The commands are start volumeGroup export, start volumeGroup import, and set volumeGroup forcedState.

In the Forced state, you can perform an import operation on the volume group.

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