Workflow 2: Install and configure SnapCenter Server

About this task

The steps in this workflow are condensed and simplified. Details about each step are included in the appropriate documentation.

Installing and setting up SnapCenter

Performing administrative tasks


  1. Install SnapCenter Server.
    1. Download the SnapCenter Server installation package from NetApp Support Site.
    2. Double-click the downloaded .exe file to start the InstallShield wizard.
    3. Enter the required information in the wizard.
      On this wizard page... Do the following...
      Network Load Balancing Optional: Enable and configure NLB on the host.
      Application Request Routing Optional: Configure the ARR farm for SnapCenter.
      Credentials Enter the credentials to log in to SnapCenter as the administrator.
      Installation Folder Browse and provide the path where you want to install SnapCenter Server and the SnapCenter repository.
      • The SnapCenter Server web component and SnapCenter SMCore Service are installed at the default location C:\Program Files\NetApp.
      • The repository component is installed at the default location C:\ProgramData\NetApp\SnapCenter.
      SnapCenter Ports Configuration Enter the port details. The default ports are auto populated but you can specify a custom port.
      MySQL Database Connection Enter the MySQL database password.
      Ready to Install Click Install.
  2. Log in to SnapCenter Server.
    1. Launch SnapCenter from the shortcut located on your local host desktop, with the URL provided at the end of the installation, or from the URL provided 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,

      Domain FQDN\UserName

      Local administrator


      Note: If you are logging into SnapCenter for the first time, you must log in using the credentials that you provided during the install process.
    3. If you are assigned more than one role, select from the Role box the role you want to use for this login session.
    Note: If you have untrusted Active Directory domains that you want SnapCenter to support, you must register those domains with SnapCenter before proceeding to the next step. See details in the administration documentation.

    Performing administrative tasks

  3. Configure role-based access control (RBAC) by adding users or groups to roles and then assigning users or groups access to assets.
    To perform this... Do the following...
    Add users or groups to roles
    1. Click Settings > Roles and then select the role to which you want to add the user.
    2. Click Modify and then click Next until you reach the Users/Groups page.
    3. On the Users/Groups page, specify the domain to which the user belongs and enter a user or group name, then click Add.
    4. Click Next to view the summary, and then click Finish.
    Assign users or groups access to assets
    1. Click Settings > User Access and then select the type of asset from the Asset drop-down list.
    2. Click Assign and then select Domain or Workgroup as the Authentication type.
    3. Enter the required information, then click Add, and then click OK.
  4. Set up storage system connections
    If you are planning to replicate Snapshot copies to a SnapMirror or SnapVault destination, you must set up storage system connections for the destination SVM as well as the source SVM.
    1. Click Storage Systems > New.
    2. Enter the required information in the wizard.
      In this field... Do the following...
      Storage Type Select ONTAP SVM.
      Platform Select the platform. If the SVM is the secondary storage system in a backup relationship, select the Secondary check box.
      Storage System Enter a unique storage system name or IP address.
      User name/Password Enter the credentials used (usually vsadmin) to access the storage system. Use vsadmin when adding an SVM. Use "admin" when adding a cluster.
      Protocol Select the protocol used for connection to the SVM that was configured during SVM setup, typically HTTPS.
      Port Enter the port that the storage system accepts. The defaults typically work.
      Timeout Enter the 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 check box, and then enter the preferred IP address for SVM connections.
  5. Add licenses.
    To perform this... Do the following...
    Add a controller-based license using the ONTAP command line
    1. Log in to the NetApp cluster using the ONTAP command line.
    2. Add the SnapManagerSuite license key: system license add -license-code <license_key>
    3. Verify that the SnapManagerSuite license is installed: license show
    Add a capacity-based license using the SnapCenter GUI
    1. Click Settings > Software and then click Add () in the License section.
    2. Enter the required information in the wizard.

      Select a method to obtain the license.

      On the Notifications page, enter the capacity threshold at which SnapCenter sends email, EMS, and AutoSupport notifications. The default threshold is 90 percent.

    3. Click Settings > Global Settings > Notification Server Settings and configure the SMTP server for email notifications.

      Recommendation: Select the AutoSupport check box.

  6. Provision LUNs, SMB shares, or VMDKs for Windows environments
    You can assign NetApp storage to supported Windows Server hosts. You must have installed and configured the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows by adding a Windows host.
    You can also provision LUNs on supported VMware guest operating systems that are running on supported versions of VMware ESXi.
    1. Configure LUN storage
      You can configure an FC-connected or iSCSI-connected LUN. You can also connect an existing LUN to a Windows host.
      To perform this... Do the following...
      Establish an iSCSI session
      1. Click Hosts > iSCSI Session, then select the SVM for the iSCSI target from the Storage Virtual Machine list.
      2. From the Host list, select the host for the session, then click Establish Session, enter the session information, and then click Connect.
      3. Repeat this procedure to establish a session for each target.
      Create igroups

      You can create initiator groups (igroups) to specify which hosts can access a given LUN on the storage system. You can use SnapCenter to create, rename, modify, or delete an igroup on a Windows host.

      1. Click Hosts > Igroup.
      2. On the Initiator Groups page, click New, then define the igroup, then click OK.
      Create disks

      The Windows host sees LUNs on your storage system as virtual disks.

      1. Click Hosts > Disks, then select the host from the Host list, and then click New.
      2. On the Create Disk wizard pages, define the disk, then click Finish.
    2. Create SMB shares
      To configure an SMB3 share on a SVM, you can use either the SnapCenter user interface or PowerShell cmdlets. Using the cmdlets is recommended because it enables you to take advantage of templates provided with SnapCenter to automate share configuration.
      To do perform this... Do the following...
      Create SMB shares
      1. Click Hosts > Shares, then select the SVM from the Storage Virtual Machine list, and then click New.
      2. On the New Share dialog box, define the share, then click OK.
  7. Back up the SnapCenter repository.
    You must use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to configure the repository database for automatic backups.
    1. Launch PowerShell and then use the Open-SMConnection cmdlet to connect to the SnapCenter Server.
    2. Use the Protect-SmRepository cmdlet to configure backups, including destination, schedule, and retention.
    Backups occur automatically according to the configured schedule.