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Setting up a tenant organization

graph TD
A[Google Tenant] --> B[NAIS Folder]
B --> C[management]
B --> D[dev]
B --> E[prod]


  • Google Cloud Tenant admin
  • GitHub Organization

Required settings

Required permissions

On the user that will run the following commands, the following IAM roles are required on an organization level.

  • Owner
  • Organization Administrator
  • Folder Creator
  • Organization Policy Administrator

Create the NAIS folder

Everything related to NAIS is contained within this folder.

export NAAS_ORG_NAME=my-org # (1)
export NAAS_ORG_ID=$(gcloud organizations list --filter $NAAS_ORG_NAME | tail -n1 | awk '{print $2}')

gcloud resource-manager folders create --display-name=nais --organization=$NAAS_ORG_ID
export NAAS_GOOGLE_FOLDERID=$(gcloud resource-manager folders list --organization=$NAAS_ORG_ID | grep nais | awk '{print $3}')
  1. 🙋‍♂️ Change this to the name of your Google Organization

Grant access to the NAIS team and the terraform user

To allow the NAIS team the required permissions to operate nais, IAM policies must be added to the NAIS folder.


Find correct roles for the following users:

  • nais-viewers
  • nais-admins
Copy and run this command
cat <<EOF > naas-google-org-policy.json
  "bindings": [
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/artifactregistry.admin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/compute.admin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/container.admin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/dns.admin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/logging.admin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/resourcemanager.folderCreator"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/resourcemanager.folderIamAdmin"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/resourcemanager.projectCreator"
      "members": [
      "role": "roles/serviceusage.serviceUsageAdmin"
read -p "Enter NaaS Tenant Name [$NAAS_TENANTNAME]: " TENANTNAME && \
sed -ie "s/__TENANTNAME__/$NAAS_TENANTNAME/g" naas-google-org-policy.json && \
echo "gcloud resource-manager folders set-iam-policy $NAAS_GOOGLE_FOLDERID naas-google-org-policy.json"

Console (for tenant)

nais/console manages teams and configures groups and access in other systems.

Console needs a dedicated user account in the Google directory. This user must be manually created in the Google Admin console. The user must be granted the Groups Admin role to be able to create and maintain groups for the teams:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Add new user
  3. Enter nais-console as first name, and user as last name
  4. Enter nais-console as the primary email
  5. Click Add new user to add the user account
  6. Click on the created user and then on Assign roles under the Admin roles and privileges section
  7. Assign the Groups Admin role and click Save

Domain-wide Delegation

Console performs some operations on behalf of the Console user mentioned above. For this to work the Console service account needs domain-wide delegation with some scopes. This must be manually set up in the Google Admin console:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Add new to add a new Client ID
  3. Enter the ID of the console service account (provided by the NAIS team)
  4. Add the following scopes:
  5. Click on Authorize

After this is done you should see something like the following:

Screenshot of the Domain-wide Delegation screen in the Google Admin console

Console admins

Console automatically syncs users from the Google Workspace to its own database. Tenants can control which users that should be assigned the admin role in Console by creating a group called console-admins@<tenant-domain>, and then add the necessary users to this group. When Console runs the user sync it will look for this group, and make sure that the users in the group are granted the admin role. Whenever a user is removed from the group, Console will revoke the admin role from the user on the next sync.

Users with the admin role in Console have access to some parts of Console that regular users does not. Some of these features are:

  • Configure / enable / disable reconcilers
  • Grant / revoke roles
  • Manipulate reconciler states for teams

Console (for NAIS)

Set up an OAuth client using these details:

Name Authorized redirect URIs
console http://console.<tenant-name>


nais/deploy facilitates application deployment into NAV's Kubernetes clusters.

Set up an OAuth client using these details:

Name Authorized redirect URIs
hookd http://deploy.<tenant-name>

Kubernetes group

In Google Admin create a group named gke-security-groups. This group is used to manage access to the kubernetes clusters, and will be managed by console. Make sure the group has the View Members permission selected for Group Members.

Custom organization role

Config connector requires a service user in each of the team projects that will be created. We want to restrict this user's access to a bare minimum using a custom role. We cannot define custom roles at the folder level. Since we need to use a custom role for every project within the nais folder, we define the custom role at the organization level.

Save the content below to a .yaml file

Click to see file content
title: "NAIS Custom CNRM Role"
description: "Custom role for namespaced cnrm users to allow creation of resources"
stage: "GA"
- cloudkms.cryptoKeys.create
- cloudkms.cryptoKeys.get
- cloudkms.cryptoKeys.update
- cloudkms.keyRings.create
- cloudkms.keyRings.get
- cloudkms.keyRings.getIamPolicy
- cloudkms.keyRings.setIamPolicy
- cloudsql.databases.create
- cloudsql.databases.delete
- cloudsql.databases.get
- cloudsql.databases.list
- cloudsql.databases.update
- cloudsql.instances.create
- cloudsql.instances.delete
- cloudsql.instances.get
- cloudsql.instances.list
- cloudsql.instances.update
- cloudsql.users.create
- cloudsql.users.delete
- cloudsql.users.list
- cloudsql.users.update
- resourcemanager.projects.get
- resourcemanager.projects.getIamPolicy
- resourcemanager.projects.setIamPolicy
- storage.buckets.create
- storage.buckets.get
- storage.buckets.getIamPolicy
- storage.buckets.list
- storage.buckets.setIamPolicy
- storage.buckets.update
- storage.buckets.delete

Run the following command to apply it to your organization:

gcloud iam roles create CustomCNRMRole --organization=<your org ID>  --file=<your file name>.yaml

Log location

Every project created in GCP will have a default log location for all logs. The default is Global. In order to keep your logs in europe, we strongly recommend setting the default log location to europe using the following command

gcloud alpha logging settings update --organization=<your org ID> --storage-location=europe-north1

Organization policy for location

Although all resources created by nais is located within the EU, teams are still able to create resources anywhere unless an organizational constraint is in place.

Click to see file content
constraint: constraints/gcp.resourceLocations
etag: BwVUSr8Q7Ng=
  - in:eu-locations
gcloud beta resource-manager org-policies set-policy --organization=<your org ID> <file name>.yaml

Setting up oauth client

  1. Go to
  2. Choose project -> nais-management -> nais-management
  3. If consent screen is not configured already:
    1. Go to APIs ans Service -> OAuth consent screen
    2. Internal -> create 1.
      1. App name: nais management
      2. User support email: admin@<tenant-domain>
      3. Developer Contact email: admin@<tenant-domain>
    3. Save and continue (x2)
  4. Go to APIs ans Service -> Credentials
  5. Click Create Credentials -> OAuth client ID
  6. Select type Web Application
  7. Set Name and Authorized redirect URIs
  8. Create
  9. Copy client id and secret and give to NAIS-team

Last update: March 13, 2023
Created: March 13, 2023