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You can use the EnableEncryptionAtRest method to enable the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption at rest on the cluster so that the cluster can manage the encryption key used for the drives on each node. This feature is not enabled by default.

Tip To see the current status of encryption at rest and/or software encryption at rest on the cluster, use the get cluster info method. You can use the GetSoftwareEncryptionAtRestInfo method to get information the cluster uses to encrypt data at rest.
Note This method does not enable software encryption at rest. This can only be done using the create cluster method with enableSoftwareEncryptionAtRest set to true.

When you enable encryption at rest, the cluster automatically manages encryption keys internally for the drives on each node in the cluster.

If a keyProviderID is specified, the password is generated and retrieved according to the type of key provider. This is usually done using a Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) key server in the case of a KMIP key provider. After this operation, the specified provider is considered active and cannot be deleted until Encryption at Rest is disabled using the DisableEncryptionAtRest method.

Note If you have a node type with a model number ending in "-NE", the EnableEncryptionAtRest method call will fail with a response of "Encryption not allowed. Cluster detected non-encryptable node".
Note You should only enable or disable encryption when the cluster is running and in a healthy state. You can enable or disable encryption at your discretion and as often as you need.
Note This process is asynchronous and returns a response before encryption is enabled. You can use the GetClusterInfo method to poll the system to see when the process has completed.


This method has the following input parameters:

Name Description Type Default value Required


The ID of a KMIP key provider to use.




Return values

This method has no return values.

Request example

Requests for this method are similar to the following example:

   "method": "EnableEncryptionAtRest",
   "params": {},
   "id": 1

Response examples

This method returns a response similar to the following example from the EnableEncryptionAtRest method. There is no result to report.

   "id": 1,
   "result": {}

While Encryption At Rest is being enabled on a cluster, GetClusterInfo returns a result describing the state of Encryption at Rest ("encryptionAtRestState") as "enabling". After Encryption at Rest is fully enabled, the returned state changes to "enabled".

   "id": 1,
      "result": {
         "clusterInfo": {
            "attributes": { },
               "encryptionAtRestState": "enabling",
            "ensemble": [
            "mvip": "",
            "mvipNodeID": 1,
            "name": "Marshall",
            "repCount": 2,
            "svip": "",
            "svipNodeID": 1,
            "uniqueID": "91dt"