Deploy SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere

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To use SnapCenter features to protect VMs, datastores, and application-consistent databases on virtualized machines, you must deploy SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere.

  1. For VMware vCenter 7.0.3 and later versions, follow the steps in Download the Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) to import the certificates to vCenter.

  2. In your browser, navigate to VMware vSphere vCenter.

    Note For IPv6 HTML web clients, you must use either Chrome or Firefox.
  3. Log in to the VMware vCenter Single Sign-On page.

  4. On the Navigation pane, right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a datacenter, folder, cluster, or host, and select Deploy OVF Template to start the VMware deploy wizard.

  5. On the Select an OVF template page, specify the location of the .ova file (as listed in the following table) and click Next.

    On this wizard page… Do this…

    Select a name and folder

    Enter a unique name for the VM or vApp and select a deployment location.

    Select a resource

    Select a resource where you want to run the deployed VM template.

    Review details

    Verify the .ova template details.

    License agreements

    Select the checkbox for I accept all license agreements.

    Select storage

    Define where and how to store the files for the deployed OVF template.

    Select networks

    Select a source network and map it to a destination network.

    Customize template

    In Register to existing vCenter, enter the vCenter credentials.
    In Create SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere credentials, enter the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere credentials.

    Note Make a note of the username and password that you specify. You need to use these credentials if you want to modify the SnapCenter Plug-In for VMware vSphere configuration at a later time.

    In Setup Network Properties, enter the network information.
    In Setup Date and Time, select the time zone where the vCenter is located.

    Ready to complete

    Review the page and click Finish.

    Note All hosts must be configured with IP addresses (FQDN hostnames are not supported). The deploy operation does not validate your input before deploying.
  6. Navigate to the VM where SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere was deployed, then click the Summary tab, and then click the Power On box to start the SnapCenter VMware plug-in.

  7. While the SnapCenter VMware plug-in is powering on, right-click the deployed SnapCenter VMware plug-in, select Guest OS, and then click Install VMware tools.

    The deployment might take a few minutes to complete. A successful deployment is indicated when the SnapCenter VMware plug-in is powered on, the VMware tools are installed, and the screen prompts you to log in to the SnapCenter VMware plug-in.

    The screen displays the IP address where the SnapCenter VMware plug-in is deployed. Make a note of the IP address. You need to log in to the SnapCenter VMware plug-in management GUI if you want to make changes to the SnapCenter VMware plug-in configuration.

  8. Log in to the SnapCenter VMware plug-in management GUI using the IP address displayed on the deployment screen using the credentials that you provided in the deployment wizard, then verify on the Dashboard that the SnapCenter VMware plug-in is successfully connected to vCenter and is enabled.

    Use the format https://<appliance-IP-address>:8080 to access the management GUI.

    Login with the admin username and password set at the time of deployment and the MFA token generated using the maintenance console.

  9. Log in to vCenter HTML5 client, then click Menu in the toolbar, and then select SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere