Migrating a VSC host using the SnapCenter GUI

After you upgrade to SnapCenter 3.x or later, you must migrate the VSC backups that you created in vCenter to SnapCenter. If you are a SnapCenter admin who seldom uses vCenter, you might want to perform the VSC host migration from the SnapCenter GUI.

Before you begin

You must have read the migration prerequisites.

About this task

Attention: Unlike install and upgrade operations, not all validation checks for prerequisites are performed during migration operations. Therefore, if a migration fails, check the information that you provided in the migration wizard for the SnapCenter Server, VSC host, and vCenter.

Most of the fields on the migrate wizard pages are self-explanatory. The following information describes some of the fields for which you might require guidance.


  1. Log on to SnapCenter with the same admin username that is registered for VSC in SnapCenter.
  2. In the left navigation pane, click Hosts.
    After the SnapCenter Server host is upgraded to 3.x or later, but before you migrate VSC, all vSphere hosts are listed as "Plug-in incompatible."
  3. Select a vSphere host and then click Migrate in the toolbar.
  4. In the Host page of the wizard, perform the following:
    For this field… Do this…
    VSC host This field is entered automatically with the vSphere host you selected.
    Install VMware Plug-in on VSC host Specify the host where you want Plug-in for VMware vSphere installed.
    • Install on VSC host

      Check the box if you want to install Plug-in for VMware vSphere on the same VSC host. The VSC host information is automatically entered in all the fields.

    • Install on different host

      Do not check the box, then enter the name of the host you want to migrate to. You must specify a dedicated Windows host or the SnapCenter Server host.

    Type This field is entered automatically.
    Run As name Specifies a vCenter administrator. The current Run As name is entered automatically. To change the Run As credentials, perform one of the following:
    • You can select a different Run As name from the drop-down list.
    • Click and enter the new Run As account information in the dialog box.
    Port This field is entered automatically.
  5. In the Discover plug-ins page, SnapCenter lists the plug-ins that are running on the host named in the Host page.
  6. In the Plug-ins page, specify the install path for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere host.
    The vCenter must be the same vCenter that VSC is using and it must be running VSC 6.0 u3 or later.
  7. In the Plug-ins page, the Plug-in for VMware vSphere configuration fields are automatically entered, based on the information you entered in the Host page.
    You can modify the information in any field.
  8. Review the summary, select the I have read the above; start the migration box, and then click Finish.
    • The following migration operations are performed:
      1. vCenter credentials and IP address are validated.
      2. RBAC credentials are validated for the vCenter user.
      3. VSC is unregistered from vCenter and removed from the vCenter GUI.
        Note: VSC is not uninstalled from the host.
        Note: If SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere is installed on the same host as the VSC host, the VSC service startup type is set to manual to prevent VSC from re-registering with vCenter on the restart.
      4. Plug-in for VMware vSphere is installed.
    • After a successful migration from VSC to Plug-in for VMware vSphere, VSC policies, backups, and backup jobs (called resource groups in SnapCenter) are recognized and operational in the Plug-in for VMware vSphere GUI in vCenter.
    • If the migration is not successful, all operations are undone. After you fix the problem indicated in the error message, you can start the migration again from the beginning.
  9. Optional: Monitor the operation progress by clicking Monitor > Jobs.
  10. Optional: When the migration completes, log on to vCenter and verify that SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere is listed in the left Navigator pane and in the menu.
    If you do not see SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere in the vCenter GUI, then you must restart the vCenter web client service.
    The VSC host still has both VSC and SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere installed but VSC is no longer registered with SnapCenter.
    The SnapCenter GUI displays the VSC host as "vSphere."

After you finish

Important: You must complete the post-migration tasks and then restart the vCenter web client service before you can perform data protection operations.

After you migrate a VSC host to SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere, if you want to perform VM management tasks other than backup and restore then you must upgrade to VSC 7.0 or later. See the VSC documentation for details.

NetApp Documentation: Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere