Takeover of vFiler units and the vFiler limit
The vFiler limit, set with the vfiler limit command, determines how many vFiler units can exist on a system. In an HA pair, if the two systems have different vFiler limits, some vFiler units might not be taken over if a takeover occurs.
When performing a takeover, a system can take over only the number of vFiler units that were specified by that system's vFiler limit. For example, if the limit is set to 5, the system can only take over five vFiler units from the partner. If the partner that is being taken over has a higher vFiler limit, some vFiler units cannot be taken over successfully.
For more information about setting the vFiler limit, see the Data ONTAP MultiStore Management Guide for 7-Mode.