Restricting access to Snapshot copies



When testing your Site Recovery Manager recovery plans it is possible to have a successful test recovery with a warning about snapshots like below:

Warning: Failed to update embedded paths in virtual machine file /vmfs/volumes/1234/.snapshot/filer/MyVM.vmx.  Unable to access the file


This is because SRM is not able to write to the snapshot directory (which is a good thing)  VMware KB 2033814 advises this is “expected behavior and can be safely ignored”  but who wants warnings in their SRM History Reports? Not me…

Solution: Disable access to snapshot copies

If you don’t want a warning in your logs simply disable access to snapshot copies.


To disable client access to Snapshot copies within the volA volume, enter the following command:

vol options volA nosnapdir on



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