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 SnapCenter 4.1.1 documentation has information on protecting virtualized databases and file systems using the SnapCenter 4.1.1 Plug-in for VMware vSphere. The NetApp Data Broker, SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere, documentation has information on protecting virtualized databases and file systems using the Linux-based NetApp Data Broker virtual appliance (Open Virtual Appliance format) for SnapCenter 4.2.

Deployment Guide for SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

Data Protection Guide for VMs, Datastores, and VMDKs using the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

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

Installing and setting up SnapCenter

Steps

  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 credentials
    SnapCenter uses credentials to authenticate users for SnapCenter operations. You must create credentials for installing SnapCenter plug-ins and additional credentials for performing data protection operations on databases or Windows file systems.

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

    1. Click Settings > 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

      username@upn

      DomainFQDN\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.
      Note: Before you add a vSphere host, you must deploy the NetApp Data Broker virtual appliance and enable the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere. The NetApp Data Broker, SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere, documentation has more information.
      Installed plug-ins Review the plug-in packages that are currently installed on the host. For new deployments, no plug-in packages are listed.
      Select Plug-ins to Install Select the plug-ins to install.
  5. If required, click More Options to perform additional configuration.
    If you installed... Do the following...
    SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server Configure the host log directory.
    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.
    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, 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