vCenter Linked Mode

You can use the NetApp Element Plug-in for vCenter Server to manage cluster resources from other vCenter Servers using vCenter Linked Mode. You can log into any vCenter Server that is part of a Linked Mode group and manage the resources owned by other linked vCenter Servers from a single interface.

The plug-in must be registered with each vCenter Server in the Linked Mode environment that will be using the plug-in. You must complete registration with each vCenter Server using the registration utility for the plug-in. You must also log in one time to the vSphere Web Client for each linked vCenter Server. Logging in initiates installation of the plug-in on the web client.

Best Practices: Manage the cluster from the vCenter Server you associate with the cluster during the Add Cluster configuration process.

Hosts that use Element software-based storage are exclusive to a particular vCenter Server and are not shared between members of a Linked Mode group. Because of this, any storage management tasks for a cluster are limited to the available hosts within a vCenter Server.

Note: Although the plug-in can manage any Element-based storage cluster on the network, it cannot manage datastores on a remote instance of vCenter Server. vCenter Server and the Element Plug-in for vCenter do not have visibility into a remote vCenter Server's datastores. In such cases, Element Plug-in for vCenter cannot know if a volume has a Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) datastore and it does not prevent you from deleting a volume. If you are managing datastores and volumes on a remote vCenter Server, proceed with caution.