Delegating administration to SVM administrators

After setting up a functional Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) or SVMs with basic network configuration, you can optionally delegate the administration of the SVM to SVM administrators.

About this task

SVM administrators cannot use System Manager to manage delegated SVMs. You can only manage them by using the command-line interface (CLI).


  1. In the Administrator Details section, set up a password for the vsadmin user account.
  2. If you want a dedicated LIF for SVM management, select Create a LIF for SVM management, and then specify the network details.
    A dedicated SVM management LIF is required for SAN protocols, where data and management protocols cannot share the same LIF. SVM management LIFs can be created only on data ports.
  3. Specify the network details, including subnet details, to create iSCSI LIFs:
    If you want to… Then…
    Specify the IP address using a subnet
    1. Select Using a subnet.
    2. In the Add Details dialog box, select the subnet from which the IP address must be assigned.

      For intercluster LIF, only the subnets that are associated with the selected IPspace are displayed.

    3. If you want to assign a specific IP address to the interface, select Use a specific IP address, and then type the IP address.

      The IP address you specify is added to the subnet if it is not already present in the subnet range.

    4. Click OK.
    Specify the IP address manually without using a subnet
    1. Select Without a subnet.
    2. In the Add Details dialog box, perform the following steps:
      1. Specify the IP address and network mask or prefix.
      2. Optional: Specify the gateway.

        The destination field is populated with the default value based on the family of the IP address.

      3. If you do not want the default value, specify the new destination value.

      If a route does not exist, a new route is automatically created based on the gateway and destination.

    3. Click OK.
  4. Specify a port to create a data LIF:
    1. Click Browse.
    2. Select a port from the Select Network Port or Adapter dialog box.
    3. Click OK.


The vsadmin account is unlocked and configured with the password.

The default access methods for the vsadmin account are Data ONTAP API (ontapi) and SSH (ssh). The SVM administrator can log in to the storage system using the management IP address.

After you finish

You must assign aggregates to the SVM by using the Edit Storage Virtual Machine dialog box.
Note: If the SVM does not have any assigned aggregates, the SVM administrator cannot create volumes.