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Cloning LUNs

LUN clones enable you to create multiple readable and writable copies of a LUN. You can use System Manager to create a temporary copy of a LUN for testing or to create a copy of your data available to additional users, without providing them access to the production data.

Before you begin

About this task

When you create a LUN clone, automatic deletion of the LUN clone is enabled by default in System Manager. As a result, the LUN clone is deleted when Data ONTAP triggers automatic deletion to conserve space.


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM), and then click Storage > LUNs.
  3. Select the LUN that you want to clone, and then click Clone.
  4. If you want to change the default name, specify a new name.
  5. Click Clone.
  6. Verify that the LUN clone you created is listed in the LUNs window.