Adding SVMs using the VMware vSphere web client GUI

Before you can backup or restore VMs, you must add the SVMs on which the VMs are located. Adding SVMs enables SnapCenter to recognize and manage backup and restore operations.

About this task

When SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere adds an SVM to vCenter, it also provides that information to SnapCenter Server. You can also use the SnapCenter GUI to perform the same operations.
Note: SnapCenter only performs backup and restore operations on directly-connected SVMs. It does not operate at the cluster management LIF level.


  1. In the left Navigator pane of the VMware vSphere web client, click Storage Systems.
  2. On the Storage Systems page, click Add Storage System.
  3. In the Add Storage System dialog box, enter the SVM information:
    For this field… Do this…
    vCenter Server Select the vCenter Server.
    Storage system Enter the name or SVM FQDN or IP address.
    User name Enter the user name that is used to log on to the SVM. For example, you might enter the ONTAP user name.
    Password Enter the SVM log on password. Do not include double quotes (") in passwords.
    Protocol Select HTTP or HTTPS.
    Port Enter the SVM port used to communicate with vCenter. The default port is 443.
    Timeout Enter the number of seconds vCenter waits before timing out the operation. The default is 60 seconds.
  4. Check the Enable Autosupport on failure box if you want Autosupport notification for failed data protection jobs.
    You must also enable Autosupport on the SVM and configure the Autosupport email settings.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Log out of the web client and log back in to see the added SVM.