Had a problem recently where SMVI backups freeze at 89% with the vcenter showing “Netapp create backup” for eternity. Due to the lack of logging until the task actually completes there’s no way to tell what it’s doing. After a bit of googling I discovered that it’s due to the “snapmirror update” option in the backup. The chances are it’s sat there trying to update the snapmirror, but your destination is too small or there’s another problem.
Getting snapmirror problem “Transfer aborted: process was aborted” when you try to initialize? Try checking the amount of snapshots you have on the source volume. We had an issue where we already had the maximum amount of snapshots and the initialize could therefore not create its baseline one.
The error message is entirely useless and had a reasonable amount of information been provided by Netapp, this would not have take 2 days of investigation!
Delete a few snapshots and try again, it should be fine.