Step 1: Create an Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file system - FSx for ONTAP

Step 1: Create an Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file system

The Amazon FSx console has two options for creating a file system – a Quick create option and a Standard create option. To rapidly and easily create an Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file system with the service recommended configuration, use the Quick create option.

The Quick create option creates a file system with a single storage virtual machine (SVM) and one volume. The Quick create option configures this file system to allow data access from Linux instances over the Network File System (NFS) protocol. After your file system is created, you can create additional SVMs and volumes as needed, including an SVM joined to an Active Directory to allow access from Windows and macOS clients over the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

For information about using the Standard create option to create a file system with a customized configuration, see Creating FSx for ONTAP file systems.

To create your file system

  1. Open the Amazon FSx console at

  2. On the dashboard, choose Create file system to start the file system creation wizard.

  3. On the Select file system type page, choose Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, and then choose Next. The Create ONTAP file system page appears. For Creation method, choose Quick create.

      Quick create file system details screen showing options for the file system name, SSD
       storage capacity, virtual private cloud (VPC), and storage efficiency features.
  4. In the Quick configuration section, for File system name - optional, enter a name for your file system. It's easier to find and manage your file systems when you name them. You can use a maximum of 256 Unicode letters, white space, and numbers, plus these special characters: + - (hyphen) = . _ (underscore) : /

  5. For SSD storage capacity, specify the storage capacity of your file system, in gibibytes (GiBs). Enter any whole number in the range of 1,024–196608.

  6. For Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), choose the Amazon VPC that you want to associate with your file system.

  7. For Storage efficiency, choose Enabled to turn on the ONTAP storage efficiency features (compression, deduplication, and compaction) or Disabled to turn them off.

  8. Choose Next.

  9. Review the file system configuration shown on the Create ONTAP file system page. For your reference, note which file system settings you can modify after the file system is created.

  10. Choose Create file system.

Quick create creates a file system with one SVM (named fsx) and one volume (named vol1). The volume has a junction path of /vol1 and a capacity pool tiering policy of Auto (which will automatically tier any data that hasn't been accessed for 31 days to lower-cost capacity pool storage). The file system data is encrypted at rest using your default service managed AWS KMS key.