Add SnapCenter capacity-based licenses

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If you are using SnapCenter with ONTAP Select or Cloud Volumes ONTAP platforms, you must install one or more SnapCenter capacity-based licenses.

What you will need

  • You must log in as the SnapCenter Admin user.

  • If you want to log in to the NetApp Support Site using SnapCenter to obtain your licenses, you must have the license serial numbers and valid NetApp Support Site credentials.

  • If you are using a NetApp license file (NLF) to add your license, you must know the location of the license file.

About this task

You can perform the following tasks on the Settings page:

  • Add a license.

  • View license details to quickly locate information about each license.

  • Modify a license when you want to replace the existing license, for example, to update the license capacity or to change the threshold notification settings.

  • Delete a license when you want to replace an existing license or when the license is no longer required.

    The trial license (serial number ending with 50) cannot be deleted using the SnapCenter GUI. The trial license automatically gets overwritten when you add a procured SnapCenter Standard capacity-based licensed.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings page, click Software.

  3. In the License section of the Software page, click Add (add policy from resourcegroup).

  4. In the Add SnapCenter License wizard, select one of the following methods to obtain the license you want to add:

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    Enter your NetApp Support Site (NSS) login credentials to import licenses

    1. Enter your NSS user name.

    2. Enter your NSS password.

    3. Enter your SnapCenter license serial number.

      This is not your storage controller serial number. If you are using a storage controller-based capacity license, you must enter it on the storage controller. You do not use the SnapCenter GUI to enter controller-based licenses.

    NetApp License File

    1. Browse to the location of the license file, and then select it.

    2. Click Open.

  5. In the Notifications page, enter the capacity threshold at which SnapCenter sends email, EMS, and AutoSupport notifications.

    The default threshold is 90 percent.

  6. To configure the SMTP server for email notifications, click Settings > Global Settings > Notification Server Settings, and then enter the following details:

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    Email preference

    Choose either Always or Never.

    Provide email settings

    If you select Always, specify the following:

    • Sender email address

    • Receiver email address

    • Optional: Edit the default Subject line

      The default subject reads as follows: "SnapCenter License Capacity Notification".

  7. If you want to have Event Management System (EMS) messages sent to the storage system syslog or have AutoSupport messages sent to the storage system for failed operations, select the appropriate check boxes.

    Best Practice: Enabling AutoSupport is recommended to help troubleshoot issues you might experience.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Review the summary, and then click Finish.