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Configure credentials for VM guest file restores

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When you attach a virtual disk for guest file or folder restore operations, the target VM for the attach must have credentials configured before you restore.

About this task

The following table lists the credential requirements for guest restore operations.

User access control enabled User access control disabled

Domain user

A domain user with “administrator” as the username works fine. For example, “NetApp\administrator”.
However, a domain user with “xyz” as the username that belongs to a local administrator group will not work. For example, you cannot use “ NetApp\xyz”.

Either a domain user with “administrator” as the username or a domain user with “xyz” as the username that belongs to a local administrator group, works fine. For example, “NetApp\administrator” or “ NetApp\xyz”.

Workgroup user

A local user with “administrator” as the username works fine.
However, a local user with “xyz” as the username that belongs to a local administrator group will not work.

Either a local user with “administrator” as the username or a local user with “xyz” as the username that belongs to a local administrator group, works fine.
However, a local user with “xyz” as the username that does not belong to local administrator group will not work.

In the preceding examples, “NetApp” is the dummy domain name and “xyz” is the dummy local username

Steps
  1. In the VMware vSphere web client, click Guest File Restore.

  2. In the Run As Credentials section, do one of the following:

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    Use existing credentials

    Select any of the configured credentials.

    Add new credentials

    1. Click Error: Missing Graphic Image Add.
    2. In the Run As Credentials dialog box, enter the credentials.
    For Username, you must enter “Administrator”.
    3. Click Select VM, then select a VM in the Proxy VM dialog box. Click Save to return to the Run As Credentials dialog box.
    Select the VM that should be used to authenticate the credentials.

    The SnapCenter VMware plug-in uses the selected credentials to log on to the selected VM.

  3. Click Save.