Installation requirements for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere

You should be aware of certain installation requirements before you install the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere. The requirements for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere are the same as for the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows.

Host and privilege requirements

Note: You do not need to install the Plug-in for VMware vSphere in the following scenarios:
  • Your SQL Server environment uses an in-guest iSCSI initiator
  • Your Oracle environment uses NFS or an in-guest iSCSI initiator

Host space and sizing requirements

The following space and sizing requirements apply to all configurations of the Plug-in for VMware vSphere: installed on the SnapCenter Server host or on a dedicated Windows host.

Item Requirements
Operating Systems Microsoft Windows
Note: You must enable the Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 if you want to create CSV type disks.

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool (IMT).

NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool

Minimum install and log space for the SnapCenter plug-in on the host 2 GB
Note: You should allocate sufficient disk space and monitor the storage consumption by using the logs folder. The log space required varies depending on the number of the entities to be protected and the frequency of data protection operations. If there is no sufficient disk space, the logs will not be created for the recently run operations.
Required Software Packages
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later
  • Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0 or later
  • PowerShell 4.0 or later

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool (IMT).

NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool

RAM and CPU requirements depend upon where the Plug-in for VMware vSphere is installed.

If the plug-in is installed on... Requirements
SnapCenter Server host Requirements for the SnapCenter Server host are:
  • RAM: Minimum 8 GB
  • CPUs: Minimum 4 cores

No additional resources are needed for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

Dedicated host Requirements are the same as for all other plug-ins.
  • RAM for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere on the host: Minimum 1 GB
  • CPUs: Minimum 1 core

Connection and port requirements

SnapCenter, the Plug-in for VMware vSphere, vCenter, and ONTAP use the following default ports:

See also the connection and port requirements for the SnapCenter Server.