Manage AWS credentials and subscriptions for BlueXP

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Add and manage AWS credentials so that BlueXP has the permissions that it needs to deploy and manage cloud resources in your AWS accounts. If you manage multiple AWS subscriptions, you can assign each one of them to different AWS credentials from the Credentials page.

Overview

You can add AWS credentials to an existing Connector or directly to BlueXP:

How to rotate credentials

BlueXP enables you to provide AWS credentials in a few ways: an IAM role associated with the Connector instance, by assuming an IAM role in a trusted account, or by providing AWS access keys. Learn more about AWS credentials and permissions.

With the first two options, BlueXP uses the AWS Security Token Service to obtain temporary credentials that rotate constantly. This process is the best practice because it’s automatic and it’s secure.

If you provide BlueXP with AWS access keys, you should rotate the keys by updating them in BlueXP at a regular interval. This is a completely manual process.

Add credentials to a Connector

Add AWS credentials to a Connector so that it has the permissions needed to manage resources and processes within your public cloud environment. You can either provide the ARN of an IAM role in another account or provide AWS access keys.

Grant permissions

Before you add AWS credentials to a Connector, you need to provide the required permissions. The permissions enable BlueXP to manage resources and processes within that AWS account. How you provide the permissions depends on whether you want to provide BlueXP with the ARN of a role in a trusted account or AWS keys.

Note If you deployed a Connector from BlueXP, BlueXP automatically added AWS credentials for the account in which you deployed the Connector. This initial account is not added if you deployed the Connector from the AWS Marketplace or if you manually installed the Connector software on an existing system. Learn about AWS credentials and permissions.

Choices

Grant permissions by assuming an IAM role in another account

You can set up a trust relationship between the source AWS account in which you deployed the Connector instance and other AWS accounts by using IAM roles. You would then provide BlueXP with the ARN of the IAM roles from the trusted accounts.

Steps
  1. Go to the IAM console in the target account in which you want to provide the Connector with permissions.

  2. Under Access Management, click Roles > Create Role and follow the steps to create the role.

    Be sure to do the following:

    • Under Trusted entity type, select AWS account.

    • Select Another AWS account and enter the ID of the account where the Connector instance resides.

    • Create the required policies by copying and pasting the contents of the IAM policies for the Connector.

  3. Copy the Role ARN of the IAM role so that you can paste it in BlueXP later on.

Result

The account now has the required permissions. You can now add the credentials to a Connector.

Grant permissions by providing AWS keys

If you want to provide BlueXP with AWS keys for an IAM user, then you need to grant the required permissions to that user. The BlueXP IAM policy defines the AWS actions and resources that BlueXP is allowed to use.

Steps
  1. From the IAM console, create policies by copying and pasting the contents of the IAM policies for the Connector.

  2. Attach the policies to an IAM role or an IAM user.

Result

The account now has the required permissions. You can now add the credentials to a Connector.

Add the credentials

After you provide an AWS account with the required permissions, you can add the credentials for that account to an existing Connector. This enables you to launch Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems in that account using the same Connector.

Before you get started

If you just created these credentials in your cloud provider, it might take a few minutes until they are available for use. Wait a few minutes before you add the credentials to BlueXP.

Steps
  1. Ensure that the correct Connector is currently selected in BlueXP.

  2. In the upper right of the BlueXP console, click the Settings icon, and select Credentials.

    A screenshot that shows the Settings icon in the upper right of the BlueXP console.

  3. Click Add Credentials and follow the steps in the wizard.

    1. Credentials Location: Select Amazon Web Services > Connector.

    2. Define Credentials: Provide the ARN (Amazon Resource Name) of a trusted IAM role, or enter an AWS access key and secret key.

    3. Marketplace Subscription: Associate a Marketplace subscription with these credentials by subscribing now or by selecting an existing subscription.

      To pay for Cloud Volumes ONTAP at an hourly rate (PAYGO) or with an annual contract, AWS credentials must be associated with a subscription to Cloud Volumes ONTAP from the AWS Marketplace.

    4. Review: Confirm the details about the new credentials and click Add.

Result

You can now switch to a different set of credentials from the Details and Credentials page when creating a new working environment:

A screenshot that shows selecting between cloud provider accounts after clicking Switch Account in the Details & Credentials page.

Add credentials to BlueXP for creating a Connector

Add AWS credentials to BlueXP by providing the ARN of an IAM role that gives BlueXP the permissions needed to create a Connector. You can choose these credentials when creating a new Connector.

Set up the IAM role

Set up an IAM role that enables the BlueXP SaaS to assume the role.

Steps
  1. Go to the IAM console in the target account.

  2. Under Access Management, click Roles > Create Role and follow the steps to create the role.

    Be sure to do the following:

  3. Copy the Role ARN of the IAM role so that you can paste it in BlueXP in the next step.

Result

The IAM role now has the required permissions. You can now add it to BlueXP.

Add the credentials

After you provide the IAM role with the required permissions, add the role ARN to BlueXP.

Before you get started

If you just created the IAM role, it might take a few minutes until they are available for use. Wait a few minutes before you add the credentials to BlueXP.

Steps
  1. In the upper right of the BlueXP console, click the Settings icon, and select Credentials.

    A screenshot that shows the Settings icon in the upper right of the BlueXP console.

  2. Click Add Credentials and follow the steps in the wizard.

    1. Credentials Location: Select Amazon Web Services > BlueXP.

    2. Define Credentials: Provide the ARN (Amazon Resource Name) of the IAM role.

    3. Review: Confirm the details about the new credentials and click Add.

Result

You can now use the credentials when creating a new Connector.

Associate an AWS subscription

After you add your AWS credentials to BlueXP, you can associate an AWS Marketplace subscription with those credentials. The subscription enables you to pay for Cloud Volumes ONTAP at an hourly rate (PAYGO) or using an annual contract, and to use other NetApp cloud services.

There are two scenarios in which you might associate an AWS Marketplace subscription after you’ve already added the credentials to BlueXP:

  • You didn’t associate a subscription when you initially added the credentials to BlueXP.

  • You want to replace an existing AWS Marketplace subscription with a new subscription.

What you’ll need

You need to create a Connector before you can change BlueXP settings. Learn how to create a Connector.

Steps
  1. In the upper right of the BlueXP console, click the Settings icon, and select Credentials.

  2. Click the action menu for a set of credentials and then select Associate Subscription.

    A screenshot of the action menu for a set of existing credentials.

  3. Select an existing subscription from the down-down list or click Add Subscription and follow the steps to create a new subscription.

Edit credentials

Edit your AWS credentials in BlueXP by changing the account type (AWS keys or assume role), by editing the name, or by updating the credentials themselves (the keys or the role ARN).

Tip You can’t edit the credentials for an instance profile that is associated with a Connector instance.
Steps
  1. In the upper right of the BlueXP console, click the Settings icon, and select Credentials.

  2. Click the action menu for a set of credentials and then select Edit Credentials.

  3. Make the required changes and then click Apply.

Deleting credentials

If you no longer need a set of credentials, you can delete them from BlueXP. You can only delete credentials that aren’t associated with a working environment.

Tip You can’t delete the credentials for an instance profile that is associated with a Connector instance.
Steps
  1. In the upper right of the BlueXP console, click the Settings icon, and select Credentials.

  2. Click the action menu for a set of credentials and then select Delete Credentials.

  3. Click Delete to confirm.