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Unable to delete a folder (reported as symlink, from a snapmirror copy)

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • SnapMirror
  • CIFS


  • After creating a SnapMirror volume from one system to an another, the folder dst\sub (junction path (reparse point)) of a nested volume in the destination volume can not be deleted

::> volume show -vserver svm0 -volume src,sub,dst -fields security-style,unix-permissions,junction-path-source,type,junction-path

vserver volume security-style unix-permissions junction-path junction-path-source type
------- ------ -------------- ---------------- ------------- -------------------- ----
svm0    dst    ntfs           ------------     /dst          RW_volume            RW
svm0    src    ntfs           ------------     /src          RW_volume            RW
svm0    sub    ntfs           ------------     /src/sub      RW_volume            RW

::> vserver security file-directory show -vserver svm0 /dst/sub
                Vserver: svm0
              File Path: /dst/sub
      File Inode Number: 97
         Security Style: ntfs
        Effective Style: unix
         DOS Attributes: 10
 DOS Attributes in Text: ----D---
Expanded Dos Attributes: -
           UNIX User Id: 0
          UNIX Group Id: 0
         UNIX Mode Bits: 777
 UNIX Mode Bits in Text: rwxrwxrwx
                   ACLs: -

  • Different views of the folder dst\sub (junction path (reparse point))

Total Commander (will report it is a LNK)


Windows Explorer (will report it as a shortcut)


Command Prompt (will report it is as a junction)


Packet Trace

No. Time Protocol smb2.filename smb2.reparse_tag        Info
x   x    SMB2                                           Find Request SMB2_FIND_ID_BOTH_DIRECTORY_INFO Pattern: sub
x   x    SMB2     sub           REPARSE_TAG_MOUNT_POINT Create Response File: ;Find Response


  • Microsoft Windows error messages when trying to access \ modify (permission/ownership) \ delete dst\sub

Windows cannot access \\svm0\nsroot\dst\sub.
You do not have permission to access \\svm0\nsroot\dst\sub.
Object name: \\svm0\nsroot\dst\sub. You must have Read permissions to view the properties of this object.
An error occurred while applying security information to: \\svm0\nsroot\dst\sub. Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Unable to set owner. Access is denied.
Folder name: \\svm0\nsroot\dst\sub. Folder access denied. You need permission to perform this action.

  • ONTAP error messages when trying to take ownership of dst\sub

Security can be applied only on a file/directory

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