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Stopping SVMs

You can use the vserver stop command to stop a Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) when you want to troubleshoot or delete the SVM, or stop data access from the SVM.

Before you begin

All clients connected to the SVM must be disconnected.
Attention: If any clients are connected to the SVM when you stop it, data loss might occur.

About this task

You cannot stop an SVM during a storage failover (SFO) if the resources of that SVM are part of an HA pair.

When you stop the SVM, other operations such as SnapMirror data transfers continue to run as per the schedule.

The SVM administrator cannot log in to the SVM when the SVM is in the stopped state.


  1. Use the vserver stop command to stop the SVM.
    The following command stops the SVM
    cluster1::> vserver stop -vserver
    [Job 41] Job succeeded: DONE
  2. If the SVM stop operation fails with an internal error message, perform the following steps:
    1. Use the vserver show command to verify the admin state of the SVM
    2. If the admin state of the SVM is in the stopping state, run the vserver stop command again.

    The following commands stop the SVM that failed to stop:

    cluster1::> vserver stop -vserver
    [Job 45] Job is queued: Vserver Stop.    
    Error: command failed: [Job 45] Job failed: Internal Error
    cluster1::> vserver show
                                        Admin      Operational   Root
    Vserver          Type    Subtype    State      State         Volume     Aggregate
    -------          -----   -------    -------   --------     ----------- ---------- 
    cluster1         admin     -         -           -             -           -
    cluster1-01      node      -         -           -             -           -  data    default    stopped   stopped       root_vs0      aggr1  data    default    stopping  running       root_vs1      aggr1
    cluster1::> vserver stop -vserver
    [Job 49] Job succeeded: DONE


The SVM is in stopped state and stops serving data to clients.