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How moving a FlexVol volume works

FlexVol volumes are moved from one aggregate or node to another within the same Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) for capacity utilization and improved performance, and to satisfy service-level agreements.

A volume move does not disrupt client access during the move.

Moving a volume occurs in multiple phases:

The move is not disruptive to client access because the time in which client access is blocked ends before clients notice a disruption and time out. Client access is blocked for 45 seconds by default. If the volume move operation cannot finish in the time that access is denied, the system aborts this final phase of the volume move operation and allows client access. The system attempts the final phase three times by default. After the third attempt, the system waits an hour before attempting the final phase sequence again. The system runs the final phase of the volume move operation until the volume move is complete.

You can change the amount of time client access is blocked or the number of times (cutover attempts) the final phase of the volume move operation is run if the defaults are not adequate. You can also determine what the system does if the volume move operation cannot be completed during the time client access is blocked. The volume move start man page contains details about moving a volume without disrupting client access.