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vVol creation error for .vSphere-HA protected folder



is anybody else facing with error when starting up a VM on the vVol datastore? I have an error failing to create .vSphere-HA folder for HA protected machine list.

From VASA provider log the message as follows:

Caused by: com.netapp.offtap3.ontap.ApiFailedException: Invalid VM name: _vSphere_HA. VM names must be between 1 and 254 characters in length. The first letter must be one of A-Z or a-z. The remaining characters must be A-Z, a-z, 0-9, space or valid ASCII punctuation. (errno=13001)

Does anybody knows how to solve that, or is there a "secret" patch for this issue?

The .vSphere-HA folder is created automatically by vSphere and it is not the VM!


AFF A300 (9.4P5), VSC 7.2.1P1


Thanks for response 


Re: vVol creation error for .vSphere-HA protected folder



I am sorry you are seeing this problem.  I suggest you open a Support case on this.



Re: vVol creation error for .vSphere-HA protected folder

Any news about this issue? I have found, that there is KB article from June with linking to Bug 1212933, but I have been creating SR in March and till that time NetApp was not able to solve this issue?? How long it will take?

Re: vVol creation error for .vSphere-HA protected folder

Hi George,


We have identified changes in ONTAP and the virtual appliance (VASA Provider) to address this.  The ONTAP changes are targeted to 9.6P1 and 9.5P8.  The virtual appliance changes are in the 9.6 release, targeted for August release.  Both are undergoing QA testing, so these may change.  I hope this helps.