Using SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere with vCenter Servers in Linked Mode

If you are using SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere in an environment where multiple vCenter Servers are joined using vCenter Linked Mode or Enhanced Linked Mode, you need to register one instance of the Plug-in for VMware vSphere with each vCenter Server so that there is a 1:1 pairing between the Plug-in for VMware vSphere and the vCenter Server.

In addition, each plug-in instance that is deployed on a vCenter Server in Linked Mode must be registered with one, and only one, SnapCenter Server. Plug-in instances that are deployed on vCenter Servers in non-Linked Mode may be registered with more than one SnapCenter Server.

When you do this, you can perform backup and restore operations on all of the servers running vCenter 6.0 update 3 or later from a single Plug-in for VMware vSphere web client in Linked Mode.

In the diagrams, you can log on to either vCenter A or vCenter B and because they are in Linked Mode, you can perform backup and restore operations on VMs in both vCenters from the single Plug-in for VMware vSphere web client. However, neither vCenter A or vCenter B can perform backup and restore operations on vCenter C because it is not in Linked Mode.

After installing the Plug-in for VMware vSphere, you must create users and assign them to appropriate RBAC roles. The RBAC roles for the plug-in are different from the vCenter RBAC roles and are reconciled in a Linked Mode configuration.

When you are performing an operation that requires you to specify a vCenter Server, select the vCenter Server from the drop-down list. The default vCenter Server is always the first server in the drop-down list.

Attention: When you add a vSphere host to install the Plug-in for VMware vSphere, you can specify either the vCenter host IP address or the vCenter host FQDN name on the Plug-ins to install page in the wizard. However, for hosts in Linked Mode, you must specify either the vCenter host IP address for all the linked hosts, or specify the vCenter host FQDN name for all the linked hosts. In other words, you cannot specify the host IP address for one host in Linked Mode and then specify the host FQDN name for another host. When the Plug-in for VMware vSphere is not registered with the same type of vCenter host name in all the linked vCenter Servers, the Plug-in for VMware vSphere displays duplicate entries for storage systems.

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

NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool