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Starting SVMs

You can provide data access from a Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) by starting the SVM. You can use the vserver start command to start an SVM.

About this task

When you start the SVM, the protocols that were stopped will start serving data. The protocol might have been stopped either independently by running commands such as vserver fcp stop or when the SVM was stopped.

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


  1. Use the vserver start command to start the SVM.
    The following command starts the SVM
    cluster1::> vserver start -vserver
    [Job 21] Job succeeded: DONE
  2. If the SVM start 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 starting state, run the vserver start command again.

    The following commands restart the SVM that failed to start:

    cluster1::> vserver start
    [Job 43] Job is queued: Vserver Start.  
    Error: command failed: [Job 43] Job failed: Internal Error
    cluster1::> vserver show
                                        Admin      Operational   Root
    Vserver          Type    Subtype    State      State         Volume     Aggregate
    -------          -----   -------    -------   --------     ----------- ---------- 
    cluster1         admin     -         -           -             -           -
    cluster1-01      node      -         -           -             -           -  data    default    running   running       root_vs0      aggr1  data    default    starting  stopped       root_vs1      aggr1
    cluster1::> vserver start
    [Job 48] Job succeeded: DONE


The SVM is in the running state and starts serving data to clients.

When you start an SVM with Infinite Volume, its data policy is automatically re-imported and its JSON format is checked.