Configure network features for an Azure NetApp Files volume

The Network Features functionality enables you to indicate whether you want to use VNet features for an Azure NetApp Files volume. With this functionality, you can set the option to Standard or Basic. You can specify the setting when you create a new NFS, SMB, or dual-protocol volume. See Guidelines for Azure NetApp Files network planning for details about network features.

This article helps you understand the options and shows you how to configure network features.

The Network Features functionality is not available in Azure Government regions. See supported regions for a full list.

Options for network features

Two settings are available for network features:

  • Standard
    This setting enables VNet features for the volume.

    If you need higher IP limits or VNet features such as network security groups, user-defined routes, or additional connectivity patterns, you should set Network Features to Standard.

  • Basic
    This setting provides reduced IP limits (<1000) and no additional VNet features for the volumes.

    You should set Network Features to Basic if you do not require VNet features.

Considerations

  • Regardless of the Network Features option you set (Standard or Basic), an Azure VNet can only have one subnet delegated to Azure NetApp files. See Delegate a subnet to Azure NetApp Files.

  • Currently, you can specify the network features setting only during the creation process of a new volume. You cannot modify the setting on existing volumes.

  • You can create volumes with the Standard network features only if the corresponding Azure region supports the Standard volume capability.

    • If the Standard volume capability is supported for the region, the Network Features field of the Create a Volume page defaults to Standard. You can change this setting to Basic.
    • If the Standard volume capability is not available for the region, the Network Features field of the Create a Volume page defaults to Basic, and you cannot modify the setting.
  • The ability to locate storage compatible with the desired type of network features depends on the VNet specified. If you cannot create a volume because of insufficient resources, you can try a different VNet for which compatible storage is available.

  • You can create Basic volumes from Basic volume snapshots and Standard volumes from Standard volume snapshots. Creating a Basic volume from a Standard volume snapshot is not supported. Creating a Standard volume from a Basic volume snapshot is not supported.

  • Conversion between Basic and Standard networking features in either direction is not currently supported.

Set the Network Features option

This section shows you how to set the Network Features option.

  1. During the process of creating a new NFS, SMB, or dual-protocol volume, you can set the Network Features option to Basic or Standard under the Basic tab of the Create a Volume screen.

    The following screenshot shows a volume creation example for a region that supports the Standard network features capabilities:

    Screenshot that shows volume creation for Standard network features.

    The following screenshot shows a volume creation example for a region that does not support the Standard network features capabilities:

    Screenshot that shows volume creation for Basic network features.

  2. Before completing the volume creation process, you can display the specified network features setting in the Review + Create tab of the Create a Volume screen. Select Create to complete the volume creation.

    Screenshot that shows the Review and Create tab of volume creation.

  3. You can select Volumes to display the network features setting for each volume:

    Screenshot that shows the Volumes page displaying the network features setting.

Next steps