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Accessing a cluster by using the ONTAP System Manager browser-based graphic interface


If you prefer to use a graphic interface instead of the command-line interface (CLI) for accessing and managing a cluster, you can do so by using ONTAP System Manager, which is included with ONTAP as a web service, is enabled by default, and is accessible by using a browser.

Before you begin
  • You must have a cluster user account that is configured with the admin role and the http, ontapi, and console application types.

  • You must have enabled cookies and site data in the browser.

About this task

You can use a cluster management LIF or node management LIF to access ONTAP System Manager. For uninterrupted access to ONTAP System Manager, you should use a cluster management LIF.

  1. Point the web browser to the IP address of the cluster management LIF:

    • If you are using IPv4: https://cluster-mgmt-LIF

    • If you are using IPv6: https://[cluster-mgmt-LIF] Only HTTPS is supported for browser access of ONTAP System Manager.

    If the cluster uses a self-signed digital certificate, the browser might display a warning indicating that the certificate is not trusted. You can either acknowledge the risk to continue the access or install a Certificate Authority (CA) signed digital certificate on the cluster for server authentication.

  2. If you have configured an access banner by using the CLI, then read the message that is displayed in the Warning dialog box, and choose the required option to proceed.

    This option is not supported on systems on which Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication is enabled.

    • If you do not want to continue, click Cancel, and close the browser.

    • If you want to continue, click OK to navigate to the ONTAP System Manager login page.

  3. Log in to ONTAP System Manager by using your cluster administrator credentials.

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