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Creating an Infinite Volume

You can create Infinite Volumes to provide a large, scalable data container with a single namespace and a single mount point by using System Manager. You can use Infinite Volumes to store large unstructured repositories of primary data that is written once and seldom used.

Before you begin

About this task

You can create only Infinite Volumes without storage classes by using System Manager. If you want to create Infinite Volumes with storage classes, you cannot use System Manager; you must use OnCommand Workflow Automation instead.


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the SVM, and then click Storage > Infinite Volumes.
  3. Click Create.
  4. If you want to change the default name, specify a new name.
  5. Specify a junction path to mount the volume.
  6. Select Data Protection if you are creating a SnapMirror destination volume.
    You are provided read-only access to this volume.
    The number of aggregates that the volume spans is displayed.
  7. Click Edit to modify the list of aggregates that are available to the Infinite Volume.
  8. Specify the size of the volume and the percentage of the total volume size that you want to reserve for Snapshot copies.
    The minimum size of the volume is 1.33 TB for each node used. The default space reserved for Snapshot copies is five percent.
  9. Optional: Select Enable SnapDiff to enable incremental tape backup of the volume.
    You can enable SnapDiff only on read/write volumes.
  10. If you want to enable deduplication on the volume, make the necessary changes in the Storage Efficiency tab.
    You can enable storage efficiency settings only on read/write volumes.

    System Manager uses the default deduplication schedule. If the specified volume size exceeds the limit required for running deduplication, the volume is created and deduplication is not enabled.

  11. Click Create.
  12. Verify that the volume you created is displayed in the Infinite Volume window.
    The volume is created with unified style security and UNIX 700 "read write execute" permissions for the Owner.