Getting started with Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure Edit on GitHub Request doc changes

Getting started with Cloud Volumes ONTAP (formerly ONTAP Cloud) includes verifying your networking, granting Azure permissions, deploying Cloud Manager, and then launching Cloud Volumes ONTAP using Cloud Manager.

The steps to deploy Cloud Manager in an Azure US Gov region or in an Azure Germany region are different than the steps on this page. Refer to instructions for US Gov regions or for Azure Germany regions instead.

Verifying your networking

You must choose the Azure VNet and subnets in which you want to deploy Cloud Manager and Cloud Volumes ONTAP. At a minimum, your networking must meet the following requirements:

  • Outbound internet access

    The target VNet must have one or more subnets that have outbound internet access so Cloud Manager and Cloud Volumes ONTAP can contact several endpoints. To review the list of endpoints, see Azure networking requirements.

  • Connections between networks

For additional networking information, see Azure networking requirements.

Granting Azure permissions

When you deploy Cloud Manager from NetApp Cloud Central, you must use an Azure account that has permissions to deploy the Cloud Manager virtual machine on your behalf.

About this task

This task grants an Azure user with the permissions required to deploy Cloud Manager.

When deploying Cloud Manager, Cloud Central grants Cloud Manager with the permissions that it needs to deploy and manage Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure. The permissions are granted by enabling a Managed Service Identity on the Cloud Manager virtual machine. To review the list of those permissions, see What Cloud Manager does with Azure permissions.

Steps
  1. Create a custom role using the Cloud Central policy:

    1. Download the Cloud Central policy for Azure.

    2. Use the JSON file to create a custom role in Azure.

      The following example shows how to create a custom role using the Azure CLI 2.0:

      az role definition create --role-definition C:\Policy_for_Setup_As_Service_Azure.json

      You should now have a custom role called Azure SetupAsService.

  2. Assign the role to the user who will deploy Cloud Manager from Cloud Central:

    1. Open the Subscriptions service and select the user’s subscription.

    2. Click Access control (IAM).

    3. Click Add and then add the permissions:

      • Select the Azure SetupAsService role.

        Azure SetupAsService is the default name provided in the Cloud Central policy. If you chose a different name for the role, then select that name instead.
      • Assign access to an Azure AD user, group, or application.

      • Select the user account.

      • Click Save.

Result

The Azure user now has the permissions required to deploy Cloud Manager from NetApp Cloud Central.

Deploying Cloud Manager in Azure

You need to install and set up Cloud Manager so you can use it to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure.

Steps
  1. Go to NetApp Cloud Central and sign up or log in.

  2. Under Cloud Volumes ONTAP, click Start Free Trial.

  3. Select Microsoft Azure.

  4. When prompted, accept the permissions request from Microsoft.

    The form is owned and hosted by Microsoft. Your credentials are not provided to NetApp.

  5. Follow the prompts to deploy the Cloud Manager virtual machine and software in Azure.

    You should keep the page open until the deployment is complete. The portal redirects you to the Cloud Manager system when it is available.

    If a proxy server is required for internet connectivity in the subnet, Cloud Manager prompts you to add the proxy details.
  6. If you want to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems in multiple Azure subscriptions, provide permissions for those subscriptions:

    1. Open the Subscriptions service and then select the subscription in which you want to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems.

    2. Click Access control (IAM).

    3. Click Add and then add the permissions:

      • Select the OnCommand Cloud Manager Operator role.

      • Assign access to a Virtual Machine.

      • Select the subscription in which the Cloud Manager virtual machine was created.

      • Select the Cloud Manager virtual machine.

      • Click Save.

    4. Repeat these steps for additional subscriptions.

Result

Cloud Manager is now installed and set up so users can deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP instances.

Deploying Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure

You can deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure to provide enterprise-class features for your cloud storage.

Steps
  1. On the Working Environments page in Cloud Manager, click Create.

  2. Under Create, select Cloud Volumes ONTAP for Azure.

  3. Complete the steps in the wizard to launch the system.

    Note the following as you complete the wizard:

    • The predefined network security group includes the rules that Cloud Volumes ONTAP needs to operate successfully. If you need to use your own, refer to Security group rules.

    • The underlying Azure disk type is for the initial Cloud Volumes ONTAP volume. You can choose a different disk type for subsequent volumes.

    • The performance of Azure Premium Storage is tied to the disk size. Larger disks provide higher IOPS and throughput.

    • The disk size is the default size for all disks on the system.

      If you need a different size later, you can use the Advanced allocation option to create an aggregate that uses disks of a specific size.

      The following video shows how to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Azure.

Result

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