Creating a volume

You can create a new volume and associate the volume with a given account (every volume must be associated with an account). This association gives the account access to the volume through the iSCSI initiators using the CHAP credentials. You can also specify QoS settings for a volume during creation.

Before you begin


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Management.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the Volumes sub-tab.
  3. From the Active view, click Create Volume.
  4. Enter a name for the volume.
    Tip: Use descriptive naming best practices. This is especially important if multiple clusters or vCenter Servers are used in your environment.
  5. Enter the total size of the volume you want to create.
    Note: The default volume size selection is in GB. You can create volumes using sizes measured in GB or GiB:
    • 1GB = 1 000 000 000 bytes
    • 1GiB = 1 073 741 824 bytes
    Note: By default, 512 byte emulation is set to ON for all the new volumes. VMware requires 512e for disk resources. If 512e is not enabled, a VMFS cannot be created.
  6. Select a user account from the Account drop-down list.
  7. In the Quality of Service area, do one of the following:
    • Under Policy, select an existing QoS policy, if available.
    • Under Custom Settings, set customized minimum, maximum, and burst values for IOPS or use the default QoS values.
    • After you enable datastore QoSSIOC settings, any QoS settings at the volume level are overridden.
    • Volumes that have a Max or Burst IOPS value greater than 20,000 IOPS might require high queue depth or multiple sessions to achieve this level of IOPS on a single volume.
  8. Click OK.