Launching an ONTAP Cloud HA pair in AWS

If you want to launch an ONTAP Cloud HA pair in AWS, you need to create an ONTAP Cloud HA working environment in Cloud Manager.

Before you begin

About this task

Immediately after you create the working environment, Cloud Manager launches a test instance in the specified VPC to verify connectivity. If successful, Cloud Manager immediately terminates the instance and then starts deploying the ONTAP Cloud system. If Cloud Manager cannot verify connectivity, creation of the working environment fails. The test instance is either a t2.nano (for default VPC tenancy) or m3.medium (for dedicated VPC tenancy).


  1. On the Working Environments page, click Add environment.
  2. Under Create, select ONTAP Cloud HA.
  3. On the Details and Credentials page, enter a name for the working environment, add AWS tags if required, enter a password, and then click Continue.
    Some of the fields in this page are self-explanatory. The following table describes fields for which you might need guidance:
    Field Description
    Credentials These are the credentials for the ONTAP Cloud cluster admin account. You can use these credentials to connect to ONTAP Cloud through OnCommand System Manager or its CLI.
    Name Cloud Manager uses the working environment name to name the ONTAP Cloud cluster and the Amazon EC2 instances. It also uses the name as the prefix for the predefined security group, if you select that option.
    AWS tags AWS tags are metadata for your AWS resources. Cloud Manager adds the tags to the ONTAP Cloud instances and each AWS resource associated with the instances.

    AWS Documentation: Tagging your Amazon EC2 Resources

    Note: If AWS keys were not specified for your Cloud Manager account, you are prompted to enter them after you click Continue. You must enter the AWS keys before you proceed.
  4. On the HA Deployment Models page, choose an HA configuration.
  5. On the Location page, enter the network information that you recorded in the AWS worksheet and then click Continue.
    The following image shows the Location page filled out for a multiple AZ configuration:

    Screen shot: Shows the VPC page filled out for an HA configuration. A different availability zone is selected for each instance.

  6. On the Connectivity and SSH Authentication page, choose connection methods for the HA pair and the mediator.
  7. If you chose multiple AZs, specify the floating IP addresses for the cluster management interface port and the two NFS/CIFS data ports and then click Continue.
    The IP addresses must be outside of the CIDR block for all VPCs in the region.
  8. If you chose multiple AZs, select the route tables that should include routes to the floating IP addresses and then click Continue.
    If you have more than one route table, it is very important to select the correct route tables. Otherwise, some clients might not have access to the ONTAP Cloud HA pair.

    AWS Documentation: Route Tables

  9. On the Data Encryption page, choose no data encryption, ONTAP Cloud-managed encryption, or AWS-managed encryption.
    For AWS-managed encryption, you can choose a different master key if more than one key is available in your account.
    Note: If Cloud Manager was not set up for encryption, the Cloud Manager Admin must set it up.

    Setting up Cloud Manager for ONTAP Cloud encryption in AWS

  10. If you selected ONTAP Cloud encryption, select one to four key managers, select the certificate of the CA that signed the server certificate for each key manager, and then click Continue.
    Note: The key manager CA certificate is for all selected key managers, which means the same certificate authority (CA) must have signed the server certificate for each key manager.
  11. On the ONTAP Cloud BYOL License page, specify whether you want to enter a license for this ONTAP Cloud system.
  12. On the Preconfigured Packages page, select one of the packages to quickly launch an ONTAP Cloud system, or click Create my own configuration.
    If you choose one of the packages, you only need to specify a volume and then review and approve the configuration.
  13. On the IAM Role page, you should keep the default option to let Cloud Manager create the roles for you.
  14. On the Licensing page, change the ONTAP Cloud version as needed, select a license, an instance type, the instance tenancy, and then click Continue.
    If your needs change after you launch the instances, you can modify the license or instance type later. See Changing the configuration of ONTAP Cloud instances.
    Note: If a newer Release Candidate, General Availability, or patch release is available for the selected version, then Cloud Manager updates the system to that version when creating the working environment. For example, the update occurs if you select ONTAP Cloud 9.2 RC1 and ONTAP Cloud 9.2 GA is available. The update does not occur from one release to another—for example, from 9.2 to 9.3.
  15. If the NetApp Support Site credentials page is displayed, enter your NetApp Support Site credentials.
    Credentials are required for BYOL instances.
  16. On the Underlying storage resources page, choose a single storage type or a tiered storage configuration.
    The underlying AWS disk type is for the initial volume. You can choose a different disk type for subsequent volumes.
  17. On the Disk Size page, select the default disk size for all disks in the initial aggregate and for any additional aggregates that Cloud Manager creates when you use the simple provisioning option.
    You can create aggregates that use a different disk size by using the advanced allocation option.
  18. On the Write Speed page, choose Normal or High.
  19. On the Create Volume page, enter details for the new volume, and then click Continue.
    You might skip this step if you want to create a volume for iSCSI. Cloud Manager sets up volumes for NFS and CIFS only.
    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.

    Volume Protection

    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.

    Usage Profile

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

    For more information, see Understanding volume usage profiles.
    The following image shows the Volume page filled out for the CIFS protocol:

    Screen shot: Shows the Volume page filled out for a ONTAP Cloud instance.

  20. If you selected the CIFS protocol, set up a CIFS server on the ONTAP Cloud CIFS Setup page:
    Field Description
    DNS Primary and Secondary IP Address The IP addresses of the DNS servers that provide name resolution for the CIFS server.

    The listed DNS servers must contain the service location records (SRV) needed to locate the Active Directory LDAP servers and domain controllers for the domain that the CIFS server will join.

    Active Directory Domain to join The FQDN of the Active Directory (AD) domain that you want the CIFS server to join.
    Credentials authorized to join the domain The name and password of a Windows account with sufficient privileges to add computers to the specified Organizational Unit (OU) within the AD domain.
    CIFS server NetBIOS name A CIFS server name that is unique in the AD domain.
    Organizational Unit The organizational unit within the AD domain to associate with the CIFS server. The default is CN=Computers.
    DNS Domain The DNS domain for the ONTAP Cloud Storage Virtual Machine (SVM). In most cases, the domain is the same as the AD domain.
  21. On the Review & Approve page, review and confirm your selections:
    1. Review details about the configuration.
    2. Click More information to review details about support and the AWS resources that Cloud Manager will purchase.
    3. Select the I understand... check boxes.
    4. Click Go.


Cloud Manager launches the ONTAP Cloud HA pair. You can track the progress in the timeline.

If you experience any issues launching the HA pair, review the failure message. You can also select the working environment and click Re-create environment.

For additional help, go to NetApp ONTAP Cloud Support.

After you finish