Logging in to SnapCenter

SnapCenter supports role-based access control (RBAC). SnapCenter administrator assigns a role and resources through SnapCenter RBAC for user in workgroup or active directory and groups in active directory. The RBAC user can then log in to SnapCenter with the assigned roles.

Before you begin

About this task

During the installation, the SnapCenter Server Install 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 out of SnapCenter if you have multiple tabs open in your web browser. To end your connection with SnapCenter, you must log out of SnapCenter either by clicking the Sign out button or closing the entire web browser.
Best Practice: For security reasons, it is recommended that you not 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 to script configuration, backup, and restore operations.

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

The SnapCenter cmdlet or SnapCenter CLI documentation has the details.

Note: If you are logging in to SnapCenter for the first time, you must log in using the credentials that you provided during the install process.


  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.
    To specify the following... Use one of these formats...
    Domain administrator


    UserName@UPN suffix For example, username@netapp.com

    Domain FQDN\UserName

    Local administrator


  3. If you are assigned more than one role, from the Role box, select the role that you want to use for this login session.
    Your current user and associated role are shown in the upper right of SnapCenter after you are logged in.


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

If the login fails with the error that site cannot be reached, you should map the SSL certificate to SnapCenter.

After you finish

If you have untrusted Active Directory domains that you want SnapCenter to support, you must register those domains with SnapCenter before configuring the roles for the users on untrusted domains.

Performing administrative tasks