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Creating FlexClone volumes

You can use System Manager to create a FlexClone volume when you need a writable, point-in-time copy of an existing FlexVol volume. You might want to create a copy of a volume for testing or to provide access to the volume for additional users, without giving them access to the production data.

Before you begin

About this task

The base Snapshot copy that is used to create a FlexClone volume of a SnapMirror destination is marked as busy and cannot be deleted. If a FlexClone volume is created from a Snapshot copy that is not the most recent Snapshot copy, and that Snapshot copy no longer exists on the source volume, all SnapMirror updates to the destination volume fail.


  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. Select the volume from the volume list.
  4. Click Clone > Create > Volume.
  5. In the Create FlexClone Volume dialog box, type the name of the FlexClone volume you want to create.
  6. Optional: If you want to enable thin provisioning for the new FlexClone volume, select Thin Provisioning.
    By default, this setting is the same as that of the parent volume.
  7. Create a new Snapshot copy or select an existing Snapshot copy that you want to use as the base Snapshot copy for creating the new FlexClone volume.
  8. Click Clone.