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Review installation and upgrade requirements

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Before installing or upgrading the SANtricity Storage Plugin for vCenter, review the installation requirements and upgrade considerations.

Installation requirements

You can install and configure the Storage Plugin for vCenter on a Windows host system. Plugin installation includes the following requirements.

Requirement Description

Supported versions

  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance supported versions: 6.7U3J, 7.0U1, 7.0U2, 7.0U3, and 8.0.

  • NetApp SANtricity OS version: 11.60.2 or higher

  • Supported application host versions: Windows 2016, Windows 2019, Windows 2022.

For more information on compatibility, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.

Multiple instances

You can install only one instance of Storage Plugin for vCenter on a Windows host and can only register it to one vCSA.

Capacity planning

Storage Plugin for vCenter requires adequate space for execution and logging. Make sure that your system meets the following available disk space requirements:

  • Required installation space — 275 MB

  • Storage space — 275 MB + 200 MB (logging)

  • System memory —  1.5 GB


The Storage Plugin for vCenter is a free, standalone product that does not require a license key. However, applicable copyrights and terms of service apply.

Upgrade considerations

If you are upgrading from a previous version, be aware that the plugin must be unregistered from the vCSA prior to the upgrade.

  • During the upgrade, most of the plugin's previous configuration settings are preserved. These settings include user passwords, all discovered storage systems, server certificates, trusted certificates, and server runtime configuration.

  • The upgrade process does not preserve the files, so you must unregister the plugin prior to the upgrade. Once the upgrade is successful, you can then register the plugin again to the vCSA.

  • All SANtricity OS files previously loaded in the repository are removed during the upgrade.