SnapCenter plug-ins

Each SnapCenter plug-in supports specific environments, databases, and applications.

Plug-ins Install packages Other plug-ins required Install location Windows or Linux
Plug-in for VMware vSphere

If using Plug-in for Oracle Database, Plug-ins Package for Linux

If using Plug-in for SQL Server, Plug-ins Package for Windows

If using Plug-in for Oracle Database, all plug-ins in the Plug-ins Package for Linux

If using Plug-in for SQL Server, all plug-ins in the Plug-ins Package for Windows

VM host running Windows

If using Plug-in for Oracle Database, Linux

If using Plug-in for SQL Server, Windows

Plug-in for SQL Server Plug-ins Package for Windows Plug-in for Windows SQL Server host Windows
Plug-in for Windows Plug-ins Package for Windows   Windows host Windows
Plug-in for Exchange Plug-ins Package for Windows Plug-in for Windows Exchange Server host Windows
Plug-in for Oracle Database Plug-ins Package for Linux Plug-in for UNIX Oracle host Linux
Plug-in for SAP HANA Database Plug-ins Package for Linux and Plug-ins Package for Windows Plug-in for UNIX or Plug-in for Windows HDBSQL client host Linux or Windows
Custom Plug-ins NetApp ToolChest For file system backups, Plug-in for Windows Custom application host Linux or Windows

SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

The Plug-in for VMware vSphere is a host-side component of the NetApp storage solution. It provides a vSphere web client GUI on vCenter to protect VMware virtual machines (VMs) and datastores, and supports SnapCenter application-specific plug-ins in protecting virtualized databases and file systems.

SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server

The Plug-in for SQL Server is a host-side component of the NetApp storage solution offering application-aware backup management of Microsoft SQL Server databases. With the plug-in installed on your SQL Server host, SnapCenter automates Microsoft SQL Server database backup, restore, and clone operations.

If you want to perform data protection operations on virtualized SQL Servers that are using VMDKs or RDMs, SnapCenter also requires the use of SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

Support is provided for provisioning SMB shares only. You cannot use SnapCenter to back up SQL Server databases on SMB shares.

SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Windows

The Plug-in for Windows is a host-side component of the NetApp storage solution that enables application-aware data protection for other plug-ins. The Plug-in for Windows enables storage provisioning, Snapshot copy consistency, and space reclamation for Windows hosts. It also enables application-aware data protection of Microsoft file systems. You can use the plug-in to create and resize disks, initiate iSCSI sessions, manage igroups, manage SMB shares, and perform backup, restore, and clone operations on Windows file systems; for example, on NetApp LUNs that are mounted on a Windows host.

Support is provided for provisioning SMB shares and Windows file systems on physical and RDM LUNs. You cannot use SnapCenter to back up Windows file systems on SMB shares.

SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Exchange Server

The SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Exchange Server is a host-side component of the NetApp storage solution offering application-aware backup management of Microsoft Exchange Server databases and Database Availability Groups (DAGs).

If you want to perform data protection operations on virtualized Exchange Servers that are using RDMs, SnapCenter also requires the use of SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

SnapCenter Plug-in for Oracle Database

The Plug-in for Oracle Database is a host-side component of the NetApp integrated storage solution offering application-aware backup management of Oracle databases. The Plug-in for Oracle Database automates backup, restore, recovery, verify, mount, unmount, and clone operations.

Note: You can use the Plug-in for Oracle Database to manage Oracle databases for SAP as well. However, SAP BR*Tools integration is not provided.

SnapCenter Plug-in for UNIX

The Plug-in for UNIX handles the underlying host storage stack and enables you to perform data protection operations on Oracle databases that are running on a Linux host by working in conjunction with the Plug-in for Oracle Database. The Plug-in for UNIX supports the Network File System (NFS) and storage area network (SAN) protocols on a storage system that is running ONTAP. Oracle databases are supported on VMDK and RDM LUN when you also use SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

SnapCenter Plug-in for SAP HANA Database

The SnapCenter Plug-in for SAP HANA Database is a host-side component of the NetApp SnapCenter software that enables application-aware data protection management of SAP HANA databases. The Plug-in for SAP HANA Database automates the backup, restore, and cloning of SAP HANA databases in your SnapCenter environment.

SnapCenter Custom Plug-ins

You can create custom plug-ins to manage applications of your choice.

Custom plug-ins are created by any SnapCenter user to support applications or databases that might not be supported by SnapCenter. They are not provided as part of the SnapCenter installation.

When custom plug-ins are installed, you can use SnapCenter to create mirror copies of backup sets on another volume and to perform disk-to-disk backup replication. The Custom Plug-ins can be used in both Windows and Linux environments. In Windows environments, custom applications via custom plug-ins can optionally utilize SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Windows to take file system consistent backups.

NetApp supports the capability to create and use custom plug-ins; however, custom plug-ins you create are not supported by NetApp.

NetApp provides MySQL, DB2, and MongoDB custom plug-in samples with SnapCenter Software. These plug-ins can be downloaded from the NetApp ToolChest.
Note: MySQL, DB2, and MongoDB custom plug-ins are supported via the NetApp communities only.

You can create your own custom plug-ins by referring to the developer’s guide for creating custom plug-ins.