Setting up storage system connections

To perform data protection and provisioning operations with SnapCenter, first you must set up the storage system connections that give SnapCenter access to ONTAP storage. Setting up these connections also involves configuring AutoSupport and Event Management System (EMS) features.

Before you begin

About this task


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Storage Systems.
  2. In the Storage Systems page, click New.
    The New Storage Connection wizard begins.
    New Storage Connection wizard
  3. In the New Storage Connection wizard, provide the following information:
    For this field… Do this…
    Storage Type Select ONTAP SVM.
    Platform Select either FAS or AFF, or ONTAP Cloud or ONTAP Select.

    If the SVM is the secondary storage system in a backup relationship, select the Secondary checkbox. When the Secondary option is selected, SnapCenter does not perform a license check immediately.

    Storage System Enter the storage system name or IP address.
    Note: Storage system names, not including the domain name, must be 15 characters or fewer, and the names must be resolvable. To create storage system connections with names that have more than 15 characters, you can use the Add-SmStorageConnection PowerShell cmdlet.

    SnapCenter does not support multiple SVMs with the same name on different clusters. Each SVM that is supported by SnapCenter must have a unique name.

    User name/Password ONTAP: Enter the credentials that are used (usually vsadmin) to access the storage system.
    • Use vsadmin when adding an SVM.
    • Use vsadmin when adding a cluster.
    Protocol Select the protocol that is used for connecting to the SVM that was configured during SVM setup, typically HTTPS.
    Port Enter the port that the storage system accepts.

    The defaults typically work. See the connection and ports requirements information.

    Timeout Enter the time in seconds that should elapse before communication attempts are halted.

    The default value is 60 seconds.

    Preferred IP If the SVM has multiple management interfaces, select the Preferred IP checkbox, and then enter the preferred IP address for SVM connections.
    Event Management System (EMS) & AutoSupport Settings

    If you want to have EMS messages sent to the storage system syslog or if you want to have AutoSupport messages sent to the storage system for applied protection, completed restore operations, or failed operations, select the appropriate checkbox.

    When you select the Send AutoSupport Notification for failed operations to storage system checkbox, the Log SnapCenter Server events to syslog checkbox is also selected because EMS messaging is required to enable AutoSupport notifications.

    If you have questions about these values, you should consult your storage administrator.

  4. Click OK.