Setting up your credentials for the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Linux

SnapCenter uses credentials to authenticate users for SnapCenter operations. You should create credentials for installing the plug-in package and additional credentials for performing data protection operations on databases.

About this task

You must set up credentials for installing plug-ins on Linux hosts. You must set up the credentials for the root user or for a non-root user who has sudo privileges to install and start the plug-in process.

Best Practice: Although you are allowed to create credentials for Linux after deploying hosts and installing plug-ins, the best practice is to create credentials after you add SVMs, before you deploy hosts and install plug-ins.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings page, click Credential.
  3. Click New.
  4. In the Credential page, enter the credential information:
    For this field… Do this…
    Credential name Enter a name for the credentials.
    User name/Password Enter the user name and password that are to be used for authentication.
    • Domain administrator
      Specify the domain administrator on the system on which you are installing the SnapCenter plug-in. Valid formats for the Username field are:
      • NetBIOS\UserName
      • Domain FQDN\UserName
    • Local administrator (for workgroups only)

      For systems that belong to a workgroup, specify the built-in local administrator on the system on which you are installing the SnapCenter plug-in. You can specify a local user account that belongs to the local administrators group if the user account has elevated privileges or the User Access control feature is disabled on the host system. The valid format for the Username field is: UserName

    Authentication Mode Select the authentication mode that you want to use.
    Use sudo privileges Select the Use sudo privileges check box if you are creating credentials for a non-root user.
  5. Click OK.

After you finish

After you finish setting up the credentials, you might want to assign credential maintenance to a user or group of users on the My SnapCenter Assets page.