Create a capacity pool for Azure NetApp Files

Creating a capacity pool enables you to create volumes within it.

Before you begin

  • You must have already created a NetApp account.
  • If you are using Azure CLI, ensure that you are using the latest version. For more information, see How to update the Azure CLI.
  • If you are using PowerShell, ensure that you are using the latest version of the Az.NetAppFiles module. To update to the latest version, use the 'Update-Module Az.NetAppFiles' command. For more information, see Update-Module.
  • If you are using the Azure REST API, ensure that you are specifying the latest version.


  1. Go to the management blade for your NetApp account, and then, from the navigation pane, click Capacity pools.

    Navigate to capacity pool

  2. Select + Add pools to create a new capacity pool.
    The New Capacity Pool window appears.

  3. Provide the following information for the new capacity pool:

    • Name
      Specify the name for the capacity pool.
      The capacity pool name must be unique for each NetApp account.

    • Service level
      This field shows the target performance for the capacity pool.
      Specify the service level for the capacity pool: Ultra, Premium, or Standard.

    • Size
      Specify the size of the capacity pool that you are purchasing.
      The minimum capacity pool size is 2 TiB. You can change the size of a capacity pool in 1-TiB increments.


    2-TiB capacity pool sizing is currently in preview. You can only take advantage of the 2-TiB minimum if all the volumes in the capacity pool are using Standard network features. If any volume is using Basic network features, the minimum size is 4 TiB.

    • QoS
      Specify whether the capacity pool should use the Manual or Auto QoS type.

      See Storage Hierarchy and Performance Considerations to understand the QoS types.


      Setting QoS type to Manual is permanent. You cannot convert a manual QoS capacity pool to use auto QoS. However, you can convert an auto QoS capacity pool to use manual QoS. See Change a capacity pool to use manual QoS.

    • Encryption type
      Specify whether you want the volumes in this capacity pool to use single or double encryption. See Azure NetApp Files double encryption at rest for details.


      Azure NetApp Files double encryption at rest supports Standard network features, but not Basic network features. See considerations for using Azure NetApp Files double encryption at rest.

      After the capacity pool is created, you can’t modify the setting (switching between single or double) for the encryption type.

      Azure NetApp Files double encryption at rest is currently in preview. If you are using this feature for the first time, you need to register the feature first.

      1. Register the feature:
        Register-AzProviderFeature -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.NetApp -FeatureName ANFDoubleEncryption
      2. Check the status of the feature registration. RegistrationState may be in the Registering state for up to 60 minutes before changing toRegistered. Wait until the status is Registered before continuing.
        Get-AzProviderFeature -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.NetApp -FeatureName ANFDoubleEncryption

      You can also use Azure CLI commands az feature register and az feature show to register the feature and display the registration status.

    Screenshot showing the New Capacity Pool window.

  4. Select Create.

    The Capacity pools page shows the configurations for the capacity pool.

Next steps