Logging in to SnapCenter

Through SnapCenter role-based access control, users or groups are assigned roles and resources. When you log in to the SnapCenter graphical user interface, you log in with an Active Directory account.

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During the installation, the SnapCenter Server Installation wizard creates a shortcut and places it on the desktop and in the Start menu of the host where SnapCenter is installed. Additionally, at the end of the installation, the Install wizard displays the SnapCenter URL based on information you supplied during the installation, which you can copy if you want to log in from a remote system.

Attention: Closing just the SnapCenter browser tab does not log you off of SnapCenter if you have multiple tabs open in your web browser. To end your connection with SnapCenter, you must log off of SnapCenter either by clicking the Sign out button or shutting down the entire web browser.
Attention: For security reasons, it is recommended not to allow your browser to save your SnapCenter password.

The default GUI URL is a secure connection to the default port 8146 on the server where the SnapCenter Server is installed (https://server:8146). If you provided a different server port during the SnapCenter installation, that port is used instead.

For Network Load Balance (NLB) deployment, you must access SnapCenter using the NLB cluster IP (https://NLB_Cluster_IP:8146). If you do not see the SnapCenter UI when you navigate to https://NLB_Cluster_IP:8146 in Internet Explorer (IE), you must add the NLB IP address as a trusted site in IE on each plug-in host, or you must disable IE Enhanced Security on each plug-in host.

NetApp KB Article 2025082: SnapCenter in an HA configuration with Application Request Routing enabled.

In addition to using the SnapCenter GUI, you can use PowerShell cmdlets on Exchange databases to script configuration, backup and restore operations. You can use PowerShell cmdlets to script data protection operations on Windows file systems.

Note: Some cmdlets might have changed. If you use cmdlets in older versions of SnapCenter scripts, you might need to update your scripts.

For details, see the SnapCenter cmdlet or SnapCenter CLI documentation.


  1. Launch SnapCenter from the shortcut located on your local host desktop, from the URL provided at the end of the installation, or from the URL provided to you by your SnapCenter administrator.
  2. Enter your user credentials: Domain\UserName
    Note: If you are logging into SnapCenter for the first time, you must log in using the credentials that you provided during the install process.
  3. If you are assigned more than one role, from the Role box, select the role you want to use for this login session.
    Your current user and associated role are shown in the upper right of SnapCenter once you are logged in.


If you are using SnapCenter for the first time, the Storage Systems page displays, and the Get Started pane is expanded.