Launching a single ONTAP Cloud system in Azure

If you want to launch an ONTAP Cloud system in Azure, you need to create an ONTAP Cloud working environment in Cloud Manager.

Before you begin

About this task

When Cloud Manager creates an ONTAP Cloud system in Azure, it creates a resource group that includes the security group, network interfaces, and two storage accounts: one for Azure Standard Storage and one for Premium Storage.


  1. On the Working Environments page, click Add environment.
  2. Under Create, select ONTAP Cloud.
  3. On the Details and Credentials page, enter a name for the working environment, add tags if needed, 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 both the ONTAP Cloud system and the Azure virtual machine. It also uses the name as the prefix for the predefined security group, if you select that option.
    Tags Tags are metadata for your Azure resources. Cloud Manager adds the tags to the ONTAP Cloud system and each Azure resource associated with the system.

    Microsoft Azure Documentation: Using tags to organize your Azure resources

    Note: If Azure credentials were not specified for your Cloud Manager account, you are prompted to enter them after you click Continue. You need to enter them before you can proceed.
  4. On the Location page, enter the network information that you recorded in the worksheet, select the checkbox to confirm network connectivity, and then click Continue.
  5. On the Data Encryption page, choose no data encryption or Azure-managed encryption.
  6. On the ONTAP Cloud BYOL License page, specify whether you want to enter a license for this ONTAP Cloud system.
  7. 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.
  8. On the Licensing page, change the ONTAP Cloud version as needed, select a license and a virtual machine type, and then click Continue.
    If your needs change after you launch the system, you can modify the license or virtual machine 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.
  9. On the Azure Marketplace page, follow the steps if you have not yet enabled programmatic deployments from the Azure Marketplace.
  10. If the NetApp Support Site credentials page is displayed, enter your NetApp Support Site credentials.
    Credentials are required for BYOL instances.
  11. On the Underlying storage resources page, choose either Premium Storage or Standard Storage.
    The disk type is for the initial volume. You can choose a different disk type for subsequent volumes.
  12. 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.
  13. On the Write Speed page, choose Normal or High.
  14. On the Create Volume page, enter details for the new volume, and then click Continue.
    You should skip this step if you want to use iSCSI. Cloud Manager enables you to create 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.

  15. If you chose 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.
  16. 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 Azure resources that Cloud Manager will purchase.
    3. Select the I understand... check boxes.
    4. Click Go.


Cloud Manager deploys the ONTAP Cloud system. You can track the progress in the timeline.

If you experience any issues deploying the ONTAP Cloud system, 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