Adding storage systems

You should set up the storage system that gives SnapCenter access to ONTAP storage to perform data protection and provisioning operations. You can either add a stand alone SVM or a cluster comprising of multiple SVMs.

Before you begin

About this task

Note: If you change the storage system password, scheduled jobs, on demand backup, and restore operations might fail. After you change the storage system password, you should remove and add the storage system.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Storage Systems.
  2. In the Storage Systems page, click New.
  3. In the Add Storage System page, provide the following information:
    For this field… Do this…
    Storage System Enter the storage system name or IP address.
    Note: Storage system names, not including the domain name, must have 15 or fewer characters , and the names must be resolvable. To create storage system connections with names that have more than 15 characters, you can use the Add-SmStorageConnection PowerShell cmdlet.

    SnapCenter does not support multiple SVMs with the same name on different clusters. Each SVM that is supported by SnapCenter must have a unique name.

    Note: After adding the storage connection to SnapCenter, you should not rename the SVM or the Cluster using ONTAP.
    Note: If SVM is added with a short name or FQDN then it has to be resolvable from both the SnapCenter and the plug-in host.
    User name/Password Enter the credentials that are used to access the storage system.
    • You should use vsadmin as the user name to add a SVM.
    • You should use admin as the user name to add a cluster.
    Event Management System (EMS) & AutoSupport Settings If you want to send EMS messages to the storage system syslog or if you want to have AutoSupport messages sent to the storage system for applied protection, completed restore operations, or failed operations, select the appropriate checkbox.

    When you select the Send AutoSupport Notification for failed operations to storage system checkbox, the Log SnapCenter Server events to syslog checkbox is also selected because EMS messaging is required to enable AutoSupport notifications.

  4. Click More Options if you want to modify the default values assigned to platform, protocol, port, and timeout.
    1. In Platform, select one of the options from the drop-down list.

      If the SVM is the secondary storage system in a backup relationship, select the Secondary checkbox. When the Secondary option is selected, SnapCenter does not perform a license check immediately.

    2. In Protocol, select the protocol that was configured during SVM or Cluster setup, typically HTTPS.
    3. Enter the port that the storage system accepts.
      The default port 443 typically works. See the connection and ports requirements information.
    4. Enter the time in seconds that should elapse before communication attempts are halted.
      The default value is 60 seconds.
    5. If the SVM has multiple management interfaces, select the Preferred IP checkbox, and then enter the preferred IP address for SVM connections.
    6. Click Save.
  5. Click Submit.


In the Storage Systems page, from the Type drop-down perform one of the following actions:

After you finish

A cluster administrator must enable AutoSupport on each storage system node to send email notifications from all storage systems to which SnapCenter has access, by running the following command from the storage system command line:autosupport trigger modify -node nodename -autosupport-message enable -noteto enable.
Note: The Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) administrator has no access to AutoSupport.

For information on managing storage systems, see the Administration Guide.

Performing administrative tasks