Create SVM peers

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SVM peering enables you to establish a peer relationship between two storage virtual machines (SVMs) for data protection.

Before you begin

You must have created a peer relationship between the clusters in which the SVMs that you plan to peer reside.

About this task
  • The clusters that you can select as target clusters are listed when you create SVM peers by using the Configuration > SVM Peers window.

  • If the target SVM resides on a cluster in a system running ONTAP 9.2 or earlier, SVM peering cannot be accepted by using System Manager.


    In such a scenario, you can use the command-line interface (CLI) to accept SVM peering.

  1. Select the initiator SVM.

  2. Select the target SVM from the list of permitted SVMs.

  3. Specify the name of the target SVM in the Enter an SVM field.


    If you have navigated from the Configuration > SVM Peers window, you should select the target SVM from the list of peered clusters.

  4. Initiate SVM peering.

    If you want to…​ Do this…​

    Initiate SVM peering from the initiator cluster

    Click Initiate SVM Peering.

    Accept SVM peering from the remote cluster


    Applicable for non-permitted SVMs

    1. Specify the management address of the remote cluster.

    2. Click the Management URL link to access the SVM Peer window of the remote cluster.

    3. On the remote cluster, accept the Pending SVM Peer request.

    4. Access the initiator cluster, and then click Validate Peering.

  5. Click Continue.

What to do next

You can view the intercluster LIFs, cluster peer relationship, and SVM peer relationship in the Summary window.

When you use System Manager to create the peer relationship, the encryption status is “Enabled” by default.