Volume move overview

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Using ONTAP System Manager classic interface with ONTAP 9.7 or earlier, you can nondisruptively move a data volume from one node to another node within the same storage virtual machine (SVM) in an ONTAP 9 cluster.

Requirements for using this content

Before you use perform these procedures, ensure that the following conditions are met:

  • The cluster is running ONTAP 9.

  • You have cluster administrator privileges.

  • You want to use best practices, not explore every available option.

  • You want to use the Classic System Manager UI for ONTAP 9.7 and earlier releases, not the ONTAP System Manager UI for ONTAP 9.7 and later.

    For some tasks, you must use the ONTAP command-line interface (CLI).

  • You know which volume you want to move.

    For help in deciding which volumes to move, you can use Active IQ Unified Manager (formerly OnCommand Unified Manager).

  • The volume that will be moved is a data volume.

  • Any new or repurposed hardware is fully installed and already has aggregates.

  • If the cluster has LUNs, all nodes have two paths per LUN.

  • Flow control is not enabled on cluster network ports.

  • For volumes containing namespaces, the cluster is running ONTAP 9.6 or later.

    Volume move is not supported for NVMe configurations running ONTAP 9.5.

Other ways to do this in ONTAP

To complete this task using…​

Refer to…​

The redesigned System Manager (available with ONTAP 9.7 and later)

The ONTAP command-line interface

Alternatives to volume move

Before moving volumes, you should evaluate whether the following approaches are better suited to your situation:

  • If you want to nondisruptively upgrade a controller in place, you can consider using aggregate relocation (ARL), which does not require physical data movement.

  • If you want to move only a LUN—​without its containing volume—​you can use the LUN move process.