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Creating FlexClone files

You can use System Manager to create a FlexClone file, which is a writable copy of a parent file. You can use these copies to test applications.

Before you begin

About this task

FlexClone files are supported only for FlexVol volumes, not for Infinite Volumes.

You can create a FlexClone file of a parent file that is within a volume by accessing the parent file from the volume it resides in and not the parent volume.


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM), and click Storage > Volumes .
  3. From the Clone menu, click Create > File.
  4. In the Create FlexClone File dialog box, select the file that you want to clone and specify a name for the FlexClone file.
  5. Click Clone.


The FlexClone file is created in the same volume as the parent file.