Create an SMB volume for Azure NetApp Files

Azure NetApp Files supports creating volumes using NFS (NFSv3 and NFSv4.1), SMB3, or dual protocol (NFSv3 and SMB). A volume's capacity consumption counts against its pool's provisioned capacity. This article shows you how to create an SMB3 volume.

Before you begin

Configure Active Directory connections

Before creating an SMB volume, you need to create an Active Directory connection. If you haven't configured Active Directory connections for Azure NetApp files, follow instructions described in Create and manage Active Directory connections.

Add an SMB volume

  1. Click the Volumes blade from the Capacity Pools blade.

    Navigate to Volumes

  2. Click + Add volume to create a volume.
    The Create a Volume window appears.

  3. In the Create a Volume window, click Create and provide information for the following fields under the Basics tab:

    • Volume name
      Specify the name for the volume that you are creating.

      A volume name must be unique within each capacity pool. It must be at least three characters long. You can use any alphanumeric characters.

      You can't use default or bin as the volume name.

    • Capacity pool
      Specify the capacity pool where you want the volume to be created.

    • Quota
      Specify the amount of logical storage that is allocated to the volume.

      The Available quota field shows the amount of unused space in the chosen capacity pool that you can use towards creating a new volume. The size of the new volume must not exceed the available quota.

    • Throughput (MiB/S)
      If the volume is created in a manual QoS capacity pool, specify the throughput you want for the volume.

      If the volume is created in an auto QoS capacity pool, the value displayed in this field is (quota x service level throughput).

    • Virtual network
      Specify the Azure virtual network (VNet) from which you want to access the volume.

      The VNet you specify must have a subnet delegated to Azure NetApp Files. The Azure NetApp Files service can be accessed only from the same VNet or from a VNet that is in the same region as the volume through VNet peering. You can also access the volume from your on-premises network through Express Route.

    • Subnet
      Specify the subnet that you want to use for the volume.
      The subnet you specify must be delegated to Azure NetApp Files.

      If you haven't delegated a subnet, you can click Create new on the Create a Volume page. Then in the Create Subnet page, specify the subnet information, and select Microsoft.NetApp/volumes to delegate the subnet for Azure NetApp Files. In each VNet, only one subnet can be delegated to Azure NetApp Files.

      Create a volume

      Create subnet

    • If you want to apply an existing snapshot policy to the volume, click Show advanced section to expand it, specify whether you want to hide the snapshot path, and select a snapshot policy in the pull-down menu.

      For information about creating a snapshot policy, see Manage snapshot policies.

      Show advanced selection

  4. Click Protocol and complete the following information:

    • Select SMB as the protocol type for the volume.
    • Select your Active Directory connection from the drop-down list.
    • Specify the name of the shared volume in Share name.

    Specify SMB protocol

  5. Click Review + Create to review the volume details. Then click Create to create the SMB volume.

    The volume you created appears in the Volumes page.

    A volume inherits subscription, resource group, location attributes from its capacity pool. To monitor the volume deployment status, you can use the Notifications tab.

Control access to an SMB volume

Access to an SMB volume is managed through permissions.

Share permissions

By default, a new volume has the Everyone / Full Control share permissions. Members of the Domain Admins group can change the share permissions by using Computer Management on the computer account that is used for the Azure NetApp Files volume.

SMB mount path Set share permissions

NTFS file and folder permissions

You can set permissions for a file or folder by using the Security tab of the object's properties in the Windows SMB client.

Set file and folder permissions

Next steps