Provisioning volumes for ONTAP clusters

Cloud Manager enables you to provision NFS and CIFS volumes on NetApp Private Storage clusters, as well as on-premises ONTAP clusters.

Before you begin

NFS or CIFS must be set up on the cluster. You can set up NFS and CIFS using System Manager or the CLI.


  1. On the Working Environments page, double-click the name of the ONTAP cluster on which you want to provision volumes.
  2. Click the create new volume icon.
  3. On the Create New Volume page, enter details for the volume, and then click Create.
    Some of the fields in this page are self-explanatory. The following table describes fields for which you might need guidance:
    Field Description


    The maximum size that you can enter largely depends on whether you enable thin provisioning, which enables you to create a volume that is bigger than the physical storage currently available to it.

    Access control (for NFS only)

    An export policy defines the clients in the subnet that can access the volume. By default, Cloud Manager enters a value that provides access to all instances in the subnet.

    Permissions and Users / Groups (for CIFS only)

    These fields enable you to control the level of access to a share for users and groups (also called access control lists or ACLs). You can specify local or domain Windows users or groups, or UNIX users or groups. If you specify a domain Windows user name, you must include the user's domain using the format domain\username.

    Usage Profile

    Usage profiles define the NetApp storage efficiency features that are enabled for a volume.

    For more information, see Understanding volume usage profiles.


    A Snapshot copy policy specifies the frequency and number of automatically created NetApp Snapshot copies. A NetApp Snapshot copy is a point-in-time file system image that has no performance impact and requires minimal storage. You can choose the default policy or none. You might choose none for transient data: for example, tempdb for Microsoft SQL Server.