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NSE: How to convert an external key management (KMIP) server to Onboard Key Manager (OKM) in ONTAP 9.1 or later

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Applies to

  • NetApp Storage Encryption (NSE)
  • NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE)
  • Onboard Key Manager (OKM)
  • ONTAP 9.1 & higher


This article describes the procedure to convert an existing key management (KMIP) server configuration to use Onboard Key Management in Data ONTAP 9.1 or later.

  • The Onboard Key Manager secures the keys created on the cluster when encryption is enabled using NVE and/or NSE.
  • Enable OKM on each cluster on which data encryption is planned.
  • If you are using an external key management (KMIP) server with NetApp Storage Encryption (NSE), delete the external key manager configuration before enabling the Onboard Key Manager.
  • Cluster peers and Metrocluster must have the same key-manager config. (either all OKM or all external KMIP).
  • The KMIP configuration will need to be removed (using the procedure below) on all cluster peers using external KMIP's before installing OKM.

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