Workflow 3: Add hosts and install plug-ins

About this task

Use the SnapCenter Add Host wizard to add hosts and install the plug-ins packages. The plug-ins are automatically installed on the specified remote hosts.

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

Installing and setting up SnapCenter


  1. Log in to SnapCenter Server.
    1. Start SnapCenter.
    2. Enter your user credentials: Domain\UserName or .
    3. If you are assigned more than one role, select from the Role box the role you want to use for this login session.
  2. Prepare for the plug-in installation
    For each plug-in you install, you should be familiar with the storage types that the plug-in supports, and the installation prerequisites for that plug-in.
  3. Set up Run As credentials
    SnapCenter uses Run As credentials to authenticate users for SnapCenter operations. You must create Run As credentials for installing SnapCenter plug-ins and additional Run As credentials for performing data protection operations on databases or Windows file systems.
    • For the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

      The Run As credential user must be a default domain administrator that is provided by Windows or a built-in local administrator on the plug-in host. Workgroup users can use the built-in local administrator account.

    • For all other plug-ins

      The Run As credential user must have administrator privileges, including administrator rights on the remote host.

    1. Click Settings > Run As Credentials and then click New.
    2. Enter the required information in the wizard.
      Use the following formats for the username field:
      To specify this in the username field... Use one of the these formats...
      Built-in domain administrator NetBIOS\username



      Built-in local administrator username
  4. Add hosts and install plug-ins remotely.
    1. Click Hosts, verify that the Managed Hosts tab is selected at the top, and then click Add.
    2. Enter the required information in the wizard.
      On this wizard page... Do the following...
      Hosts Select the host type and enter the host information. The type of host you select determines which plug-in or plug-ins are installed on the host.
      Installed plug-ins Review the plug-in packages that are currently installed on the host. For new deployments, no plug-in packages are listed.
      Plug-ins to install Select the plug-in package, and then specify the plug-in ports and installation path, if different from the default.

      For SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere: Specify the vCenter information.

      Summary Review the summary, and then click Finish. Monitor the installation process and then refresh the Hosts page to view the newly added host.
    3. If you added a vSphere host, SnapCenter automatically registers the Plug-in for VMware vSphere with vCenter Server and installs the Plug-in for VMware vSphere web client on the vCenter Server. Log on to the web client.
      1. In your browser, navigate to the VMware vSphere vCenter.
      2. On the VMware screen, click vSphere Web Client (Flash).
      3. On the VMware vCenter Single Sign-On page, log on.
      4. On the VMware vSphere Web Client page, click in the toolbar and select SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere or click SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere in the left Navigator pane.
  5. If required by the plug-in, perform additional configuration.
    If you installed... Do the following...
    SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server Configure the host log directory and, optionally, a verfiication server.
    1. Click Hosts > Managed Hosts, then select an SQL host, and click Configure Plug-in.
    2. On the Configure host log directory page, click Browse, then enter the log directory information, and then click Next.
    3. If you want to configure a verification server, then on the Verification Server page, select the Setup a SQL Server instance check box, and enter the server information, then click Apply and then click Next.
    SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Linux After installing the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Linux, the SnapCenter Plug-in Loader service is started automatically.
    SnapCenter Plug-in for SAP HANA Database Add databases that you want to back up.
    1. In the left navigation pane, select the appropriate plug-in from the drop-down list.
    2. Click Resources > Add SAP HANA Database.
    3. On the Provide Resource Details page, enter the required information.
    4. On the Provide Storage Footprint page, select a storage system and choose one or more volumes, LUNs, and qtrees, and then click Save.

      You can click to add more volumes, LUNs, and qtrees from other storage systems.

    5. On the Resource Settings page, enter the required information.
  6. If needed, migrate VSC backups
    If you used Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere (VSC) with SnapCenter 2.x, then you must migrate your VSC hosts (which includes migrating backups, policies, and resource groups) to SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere for performing backup and restore operations on VMs and datastores.
    1. Log on to SnapCenter with the same username that is registered for VSC in SnapCenter.
    2. Click Hosts, then select a vSphere host, and then click Migrate in the toolbar.
    3. Enter the required information in the wizard.
      On this wizard page... Do the following...
      Host Enter the VSC host information.
      Discover plug-ins Review the list of plug-ins that are running on the host named in the Host page.
      Plug-ins Enter the install path for the Plug-in for VMware vSphere host. Specify the same vCenter that VSC is using and it must be running VSC 6.0 u3 or later.
      Summary Select the I have read the above; start the migration check box, and then click Finish.
    4. When the migration completes, log on to vCenter and verify that SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere is listed in the left Navigator pane and in the menu.
      If you do not see SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere in the vCenter GUI, restart the vCenter web client service. See the data protection guide for VMware vSphere.

      Protecting VMs and datastores

    5. Complete the post-migration steps.
      To complete these post migration steps... Do the following...
      Assign new SCV RBAC roles to Active Directory users.
      1. Log on to vCenter as the domain administrator.
      2. Select vCenter Inventory Lists (or Global Inventory Lists in vCenter 6.5), and then select Resources > vCenter Servers.
      3. Right-click the vCenter server and select Add Permission from the drop-down menu.
      4. Assign the new SCV roles to users.
      Uninstall VSC from the host or upgrade to VSC 7.0.
      1. On the VSC host, locate the program to be uninstalled.
      2. Uninstall the VSC program by using the Windows Uninstall utility.
      Remove VSC roles from vCenter.
      1. Log on to vCenter as the vSphere.local administrator.
      2. Click (Home) and select Administrator (or Administration in vCenter 6.5), and then click Roles.
      3. Delete all the VSC roles.
      Restart the vCenter web client service.

      See the data protection guide for VMware vSphere for details.

      Protecting VMs and datastores

  7. If needed, import data from SnapManager.
    • Microsoft SQL Server

      You can import only backups that were archived using SnapVault technology, from SnapManager for Microsoft SQL Server to SnapCenter.

    • Oracle

      You can import data from SnapManager for Oracle and SnapManager for SAP to SnapCenter. See the installation and setting up information for details.

      Installing and setting up SnapCenter