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SANtricity commands

Show volume group

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The show volumeGroup command returns information about a volume group.

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 or Storage Monitor role.


This command returns this information about a volume group:

  • The status (such as Optimal, Degraded, Failed, Missing)

  • The capacity

  • The current owner (the controller in slot A or the controller in slot B )

  • The RAID level

  • The drive media type (HDD or SSD)

  • The drive interface type (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, InfiniBand, SAS)

  • Tray loss protection (yes or no)

  • Secure capable - indicates whether the volume group is composed of all secure-capable drives. Secure-capable drives can be either FDE drives or FIPS drives.

  • Secure - Indicates whether the volume group has drive security turned on (this is called secure enabled).

  • The associated volumes and free capacity

  • The associated drives

  • Data Assurance capabilities and presence of Data Assurance enabled volumes

  • Resource provisioning capabilities


show volumeGroup [volumeGroupName]


Parameter Description


The name of the volume group for which you want to show information. Enclose the volume group name in square brackets ([ ]).


This command returns volume group information as shown in this example:

Name:              SecureGroup

      Status:         Optimal
      Capacity:       120.000 GB
      Current owner: Controller in slot A

      Quality of Service (QoS) Attributes

         RAID level:                  5
         Drive media type:            Hard Disk Drive
         Drive interface type:        SAS
         Shelf loss protection:       No
         Secure Capable:              Yes
         Secure:                      No
         Data Assurance (DA) capable: Yes
         DA enabled volume present:   No
         Resource-provisioned:           Yes

      Total Volumes:          1
         Standard volumes:    1
         Repository volumes:  0
         Free Capacity:       110.000 GB

      Associated drives - present (in piece order)
      Total drives present: 5

         Tray     Slot
         99       1
         99       2
         99       3
         99       4
         99       5

Minimum firmware level