Adding hosts and installing SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Windows

You can use the SnapCenter Add Host wizard to add Windows hosts. The SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Windows is automatically installed on the specified host. This is the recommended method for installing plug-ins. You can add a host and install a plug-in either for an individual host or a cluster.

Before you begin

About this task

The administration documentation contains information about managing hosts.

Performing administrative tasks


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Hosts.
  2. Verify that Managed Hosts is selected at the top.
  3. Click Add.
  4. On the Hosts page, do the following:
    For this field… Do this…
    Host OS Select the Windows type of host.

    SnapCenter Server adds the host and then installs the Plug-in for Windows if it is not already installed on the host.

    If you also select the Microsoft SQL Server option on the Plug-ins page, SnapCenter Server also installs the Plug-in for SQL Server.

    Host name Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or the IP address of the host.

    SnapCenter depends on the proper configuration of the DNS. Therefore, the best practice is to enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

    You can enter IP addresses or the FQDN of one of the following:

    • Stand-alone host
    • Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC)

    If you are adding a host using SnapCenter and it is part of a subdomain, you must provide the FQDN.

    Run As name Select the Run As name that you created or create the new Run As credentials.

    The credential must have administrative rights on the remote host. For details, see information about creating a Run As credential.

    Details about Run As credentials, including the user name, domain, and host type, are displayed by placing your cursor over the Run As credential name you provided.

    Note: Run As credentials authentication mode is determined by the host type that you specify in the Add Host wizard.
    Port Either retain the default port number or enter a different port number.
    The default port number is 8145. If the SnapCenter Server was installed on a custom port, that port number is displayed as the default port.
    Note: If you manually installed the plug-ins with a custom port, you must specify the same port or else the operation fails.
    Add all hosts in the cluster Select this to add all of the cluster nodes a WSFC, a SQL Availability Group, or an Exchange DAG.
    Skip prechecks Select this check box if you already installed the plug-ins manually and do not want to validate whether the host meets the requirements to install the plug-in.
  5. On the Installed plug-ins page, review the plug-in packages installed on the host.
    For new deployments, no plug-in packages are listed.
  6. On the Plug-ins to install page, do the following:
    For plug-in packages... Do this…
    SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • SAP HANA
    On the Plug-ins page, select the plug-in package and enter the plug-in ports and installation path.

    For SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows, the default path is C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter. However, if you want, you can customize the default path.

  7. Click Next.
    If you have not selected the Skip prechecks check box, the host is validated to see whether it meets the requirements to install the plug-in. The disk space, RAM, PowerShell version, .NET version, and location are validated against the minimum requirements. If the minimum requirements are not met, appropriate error or warning messages are displayed.
    If the error is related to disk space or RAM, you can either update the web.config located at C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter WebApp or PowerShell config files located at C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\SnapCenter\ to modify the default values. If the error is related to remaining parameters, you must fix the issue.
    Note: In an NLB setup, if you are updating web.config, you must update it on both of the nodes.
  8. After fixing any validation errors, click Validate.
  9. Review the summary, and then click Finish.
  10. Monitor the installation progress.
    Refresh the Hosts page after a few minutes to see the newly added host.

After you finish