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Getting started with Cloud Compliance for Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Azure NetApp Files

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Complete a few steps to get started with Cloud Compliance for Cloud Volumes ONTAP or Azure NetApp Files.

Quick start

Get started quickly by following these steps or scroll down to the remaining sections for full details.

Number 1 Deploy the Cloud Compliance instance

Deploy Cloud Compliance in Cloud Manager if there isn’t already an instance deployed.

Number 2 Enable Cloud Compliance in your working environments

Click Cloud Compliance, select the Configuration tab, and activate compliance scans for specific working environments.

Number 3 Ensure access to volumes

Now that Cloud Compliance is enabled, ensure that it can access volumes.

  • The Cloud Compliance instance needs a network connection to each Cloud Volumes ONTAP subnet or Azure NetApp Files subnet.

  • Security groups for Cloud Volumes ONTAP must allow inbound connections from the Cloud Compliance instance.

  • NFS volume export policies must allow access from the Cloud Compliance instance.

  • Cloud Compliance needs Active Directory credentials to scan CIFS volumes.

    Click Cloud Compliance > Scan Configuration > Edit CIFS Credentials and provide the credentials. The credentials can be read-only, but providing admin credentials ensures that Cloud Compliance can read data that requires elevated permissions.

Number 4 Configure volumes to scan

Select the volumes that you’d like to scan and Cloud Compliance will start scanning them.

Deploying the Cloud Compliance instance

Deploy Cloud Compliance in Cloud Manager if there isn’t already an instance deployed.

Enabling Cloud Compliance in your working environments

  1. At the top of Cloud Manager, click Cloud Compliance and then select the Configuration tab.

    A screenshot of the Scan Configuration tab immediately after deploying the Cloud Compliance instance.

  2. To scan all volumes in a working environment, click Activate Compliance for All Volumes.

    To scan only certain volumes in a working environment, click or select Volumes and then choose the volumes you want to scan.

Result

Cloud Compliance starts scanning the data on each working environment. Results will be available in the Compliance dashboard as soon as Cloud Compliance finishes the initial scans. The time that it takes depends on the amount of data—​it could be a few minutes or hours.

Verifying that Cloud Compliance has access to volumes

Make sure that Cloud Compliance can access volumes by checking your networking, security groups, and export policies. You’ll need to provide Cloud Compliance with CIFS credentials so it can access CIFS volumes.

Steps
  1. Make sure that there’s a network connection between the Cloud Compliance instance and each network that includes volumes for Cloud Volumes ONTAP or Azure NetApp Files.

    For Azure NetApp Files, Cloud Compliance can only scan volumes that are in the same region as Cloud Manager.
  2. Ensure that the security group for Cloud Volumes ONTAP allows inbound traffic from the Cloud Compliance instance.

    You can either open the security group for traffic from the IP address of the Cloud Compliance instance, or you can open the security group for all traffic from inside the virtual network.

  3. Ensure that NFS volume export policies include the IP address of the Cloud Compliance instance so it can access the data on each volume.

  4. If you use CIFS, provide Cloud Compliance with Active Directory credentials so it can scan CIFS volumes.

    1. At the top of Cloud Manager, click Cloud Compliance.

    2. Click the Configuration tab.

      A screenshot of the Compliance tab that shows the Scan Status button that’s available in the top right of the content pane.

    3. For each working environment, click Edit CIFS Credentials and enter the user name and password that Cloud Compliance needs to access CIFS volumes on the system.

      The credentials can be read-only, but providing admin credentials ensures that Cloud Compliance can read any data that requires elevated permissions. The credentials are stored on the Cloud Compliance instance.

      After you enter the credentials, you should see a message that all CIFS volumes were authenticated successfully.

      A screenshot that shows the Scan Configuration page and one Cloud Volumes ONTAP system for which CIFS credentials were successfully provided.

  5. On the Scan Configuration page, click View Details to review the status for each CIFS and NFS volume and correct any errors.

    For example, the following image shows three volumes; one of which Cloud Compliance can’t scan due to network connectivity issues between the Cloud Compliance instance and the volume.

    A screenshot of the View Details page in the scan configuration that shows three volumes; one of which isn’t being scanned because of network connectivity between Cloud Compliance and the volume.

Enabling and disabling compliance scans on volumes

You can stop or start scanning volumes in a working environment at any time from the Scan Configuration page. We recommend that you scan all volumes.

A screenshot of the scan configuration page where you can enable or disable scanning of individual volumes.

To: Do this:

Disable scanning for a volume

Move the volume slider to the left

Disable scanning for all volumes

Move the Activate Compliance for all Volumes slider to the left

Enable scanning for a volume

Move the volume slider to the right

Enable scanning for all volumes

Move the Activate Compliance for all Volumes slider to the right

New volumes added to the working environment are automatically scanned only when the Activate Compliance for all Volumes setting is enabled. When this setting is disabled, you’ll need to activate scanning on each new volume you create in the working environment.

Scanning data protection volumes

By default, data protection (DP) volumes are not scanned because they are not exposed externally and Cloud Compliance cannot access them. These volumes are typically the destination volumes for SnapMirror operations from an on-premises ONTAP cluster.

Initially, the Cloud Compliance volume list identifies these volumes as Type DP with the Status Not Scanning and the Required Action Enable Access to DP volumes.

A screenshot showing the Enable Access to DP Volumes button that you can select to scan data protection volumes.

Steps

If you want to scan these data protection volumes:

  1. Click the Enable Access to DP volumes button at the top of the page.

  2. Activate each DP volume that you want to scan, or use the Activate Compliance for all Volumes control to enable all volumes, including all DP volumes.

Once enabled, Cloud Compliance creates an NFS share from each DP volume that was activated for Compliance so that it can be scanned. The share export policies only allow access from the Cloud Compliance instance.

Only volumes that were initially created as NFS volumes in the source ONTAP system are shown in the volume list. Source volumes that were created initially as CIFS do not currently appear in Cloud Compliance.