Adding hosts and installing the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows

You must use the SnapCenter Add Host wizard to add hosts and then install the plug-ins packages. The plug-ins are automatically installed on the remote hosts.

Before you begin

You must be a user that is assigned to a role that has the plug-in install and uninstall permissions, such as the SnapCenter Admin.

About this task

You can add a host and install the plug-in packages either for an individual host or for a cluster. If you are installing the plug-ins on a cluster (WSFC, SQL Always On Availability Groups), the plug-ins are installed on all of the nodes of the cluster.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Hosts.
  2. Verify that the Managed Hosts tab is selected at the top.
  3. Click Add.
  4. On the Hosts page:
    For this field… Do this…
    Host OS Select Windows as the host type.

    The SnapCenter Server adds the host, and then installs the Plug-in for Windows if the plug-in is not already installed on the host.

    If you select the Microsoft SQL Server option on the Plug-ins page, the SnapCenter Server installs the Plug-in for SQL Server.

    Host name Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or the IP address of the host.

    SnapCenter depends on the proper configuration of the DNS. Therefore, the best practice is to enter the FQDN.

    You can enter the IP addresses or FQDN of one of the following:

    • Stand-alone host
    • Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC)
    • SQL Availability Groups

    If you are adding a host by using SnapCenter and the host is part of a subdomain, you must provide the FQDN.

    Run As name Select the Run As name that you created or create new Run As credentials.

    The Run As credential must have administrative rights on the remote host. For details, see the information about creating Run As credentials.

    You can view details about the Run As credentials, including the user name, domain, and host type, are displayed by positioning your cursor over the Run As credential name that you provided.

    Note: The Run As credentials authentication mode is determined by the host type that you specify in the Add Host wizard.
    Port Either retain the default port number or specify the port number.
    The default port number is 8145.
    Note: If you manually installed the plug-ins and specified a custom port, you must specify the same port or else the operation fails.
    Add all hosts in the cluster Select this check box to add all of the cluster nodes in a WSFC or a SQL Availability Group.
    Skip preinstall checks Select this check box if you already installed the plug-ins manually and you do not want to validate whether the host meets the requirements for installing the plug-in.
  5. On the Installed plug-ins page, review the plug-in packages that are installed on the host.
    For new deployments, no plug-in packages are listed.
  6. On the Plug-ins to install page, you can customize the path.
    The default path is C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter. You can optionally customize the path.
  7. Click Next.
    If you have not selected the Skip prechecks check box, the host is validated to verify whether it meets the requirements for installing the plug-in. The disk space, RAM, PowerShell version, .NET version, location (for Windows plug-ins), and Java version (for Linux plug-ins) are validated against the minimum requirements. If the minimum requirements are not met, appropriate error or warning messages are displayed.
    If the error is related to disk space or RAM, you can update either the web.config file located at C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter WebApp or the PowerShell config files located at C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\SnapCenter\ to modify the default values. If the error is related to other parameters, you must fix the issue.
    Note: In an NLB setup, if you are updating the web.config file, you must update the file on both of the nodes.
  8. After fixing any validation errors, click Validate.
  9. Review the summary, and then click Finish.
  10. Monitor the installation progress.
    You should refresh the Hosts page after a few minutes to view the newly added host.