Adding hosts and installing the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows

You must use the SnapCenter Add Host page to add hosts, and then install the plug-ins packages. The plug-ins are automatically installed on the remote hosts.

Before you begin

About this task

You can add a host and install the plug-in packages either for an individual host or for a cluster. If you are installing the plug-ins on a cluster or WSFC, the plug-ins are installed on all of the nodes of the cluster.

For information on managing hosts, see the administration documentation.

Performing administrative tasks


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

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

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

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

    IP address is supported for untrusted domain hosts only if it resolves to the FQDN.

    SnapCenter depends on the proper configuration of the DNS. Therefore, the best practice is to enter the FQDN.

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

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

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

    Credentials Select the credential name that you created or create new credentials.

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

    You can view details about the credentials by positioning your cursor over the credential name that you specified.

    Note: The credentials authentication mode is determined by the host type that you specify in the Add Host wizard.
  5. In the Select Plug-ins to Install section, select the plug-ins to install.
  6. (Optional) Click More Options.
    For this field… Do this…
    Port Either retain the default port number or specify the port number.
    The default port number is 8145. If the SnapCenter Server was installed on a custom port, that port number will be displayed as the default port.
    Note: If you manually installed the plug-ins and specified a custom port, you must specify the same port. Otherwise, the operation fails.
    Installation Path The default path is C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter. You can optionally customize the path.
    Add all hosts in the cluster Select this check box to add all of the cluster nodes in a WSFC or a SQL Availability Group.
    Skip preinstall checks Select this check box if you already installed the plug-ins manually and you do not want to validate whether the host meets the requirements for installing the plug-in.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. For SQL Plug-in, select the host to configure the log directory.
  9. Click Configure log directory and on the Configure host log directory page, click Browse and complete the following steps:
    Only NetApp LUNs (drives) are listed for selection. SnapCenter backs up and replicates the host log directory as part of the backup operation.

    Configure plug-in page
    1. Select the drive letter or mount point on the host where the host log will be stored.
    2. Choose a subdirectory, if required.
    3. Click Save.
  10. Click Submit.
    If you have not selected the Skip prechecks check box, the host is validated to verify whether it meets the requirements for installing the plug-in. The disk space, RAM, PowerShell version, .NET version, location (for Windows plug-ins), and Java version (for Linux plug-ins) 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 update the web.config file located at C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapCenter WebApp to modify the default values. If the error is related to other parameters, you must fix the issue.
    Note: In an NLB setup, if you are updating web.config file, you must update the file on both nodes.
  11. Monitor the installation progress.


The configuration checker operation is triggered automatically and provides alerts for recommendations, corrective actions, and notifications to resolve the issues.