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Create a storage system connection and a credential using PowerShell cmdlets for Exchange Server

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You must create a storage virtual machine (SVM) connection and a credential before using PowerShell cmdlets to back up and restore.

What you will need

  • You should have prepared the PowerShell environment to execute the PowerShell cmdlets.

  • You should have the required permissions in the Infrastructure Admin role to create storage connections.

  • You should ensure that the plug-in installations are not in progress.

    Host plug-in installations must not be in progress while adding a storage system connection because the host cache might not be updated and databases status might be displayed in the SnapCenter GUI as “Not available for backup” or “Not on NetApp storage”.

  • Storage system names should be unique.

    SnapCenter does not support multiple storage systems with the same name on different clusters. Each storage system that is supported by SnapCenter should have a unique name and a unique data LIF IP address.


  1. Initiate a PowerShell connection session by using the Open-SmConnection cmdlet.

    This example opens a PowerShell session:

    PS C:\> Open-SmConnection
  2. Create a new connection to the storage system by using the Add-SmStorageConnection cmdlet.

    This example creates a new storage system connection:

    PS C:\> Add-SmStorageConnection -SVM test_vs1 -Protocol Https
    -Timeout 60
  3. Create a new Run As account by using the Add-Credential cmdlet.

    This example creates a new Run As account named ExchangeAdmin with Windows credentials:

    PS C:> Add-SmCredential -Name ExchangeAdmin -AuthMode Windows
    -Credential sddev\administrator

The information regarding the parameters that can be used with the cmdlet and their descriptions can be obtained by running Get-Help command_name. Alternatively, you can also refer to the SnapCenter Software Cmdlet Reference Guide.