SnapCenter basics

As you start using SnapCenter, it is important that you understand some of the basic terms that you can expect to see throughout the SnapCenter user interface. This is especially useful for previous SnapManager users, because SnapCenter introduces some new concepts and terminology, and some changes to workflows.

Remote plug-in installation

Remote plug-in installation enables you to install the plug-ins on a host or cluster from the SnapCenter user interface. After initiating the installation, the remote install process happens seamlessly, without any input from you.

Installing and setting up SnapCenter

Role-based access control

Role-based access control (RBAC) enables the SnapCenter administrator to delegate access to the different SnapCenter and plug-in operations. Without RBAC setup, users will not be able to access SnapCenter or perform the necessary operations.

Setting up RBAC follows this basic workflow:

  1. The SnapCenter administrator chooses an existing role or creates a new one.
  2. The SnapCenter administrator adds users or groups of users to that role.
  3. The SnapCenter administrator adds resources for a user to manage, or the user must create new resources.

Installing and setting up SnapCenter

SnapCenter repository and log backup folder

The SnapCenter repository contains information and metadata about every aspect of SnapCenter Software. You configure the SnapCenter repository during the SnapCenter Server installation. You can find the following types of information in the SnapCenter repository:

If you are using SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server, the log backup folder also contains temporary .trb files created during log backup jobs. You must configure the log backup folder before performing your first backup job.
Note: In SnapManager for SQL, both backup metadata and .trb files are stored in the SnapInfo directory.