Prerequisites to add hosts and install SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Exchange Server

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Before you add a host and install the plug-in packages, you must complete all the requirements.

  • If you are using iSCSI, the iSCSI service must be running.

  • You must have a domain user with local administrator privileges with local login permissions on the remote host.

  • You must be using Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2016, or 2019 for standalone and Database Availability Group configurations.

  • When installing a plug-in on a Windows host, if you specify a credential that is not built-in or if the user belongs to a local workgroup user, you must disable UAC on the host.

  • If you manage cluster nodes in SnapCenter, you must have a user with administrative privileges to all the nodes in the cluster.

  • You must have a user with administrative permissions on the Exchange Server.

  • If SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange Server and SnapDrive for Windows are already installed, you must unregister the VSS Hardware Provider used by SnapDrive for Windows before you install Plug-in for Exchange on the same Exchange Server to ensure successful data protection using SnapCenter.

  • If SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange Server and Plug-in for Exchange are installed on the same server, you must suspend or delete from the Windows scheduler all schedules created by SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange Server.

  • The host must be resolvable to the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) from the server. If the hosts file is modified to make it resolvable and if both the short name and the FQDN are specified in the hosts file, create an entry in the SnapCenter hosts file in the following format: <ip_address> <host_fqdn> <host_name>.

  • Ensure the following ports are not blocked in the firewall, otherwise the add host operation fails. To resolve this issue, you must configure the dynamic port range. For more information, see Microsoft documentation.

    • Port range 50000 - 51000 for Windows 2016 and Exchange 2016

    • Port range 6000 - 6500 for Windows 2012 R2 and Exchange 2013

    • Port range 49152 - 65536 for Windows 2019

Note

To identify the port range, execute the following commands:

  • netsh int ipv4 show dynamicport tcp

  • netsh int ipv4 show dynamicport udp

  • netsh int ipv6 show dynamicport tcp

  • netsh int ipv6 show dynamicport udp

Host requirements to install SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows

Before you install the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows, you should be familiar with some basic host system space requirements and sizing requirements.

Item Requirements

Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.

Minimum RAM for the SnapCenter plug-in on host

1 GB

Minimum install and log space for the SnapCenter plug-in on host

5 GB

Note You should allocate sufficient disk space and monitor the storage consumption by the logs folder. The log space required varies depending on the number of the entities to be protected and the frequency of data protection operations. If there is no sufficient disk space, the logs will not be created for the recently run operations.

Required software packages

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later

  • Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0 or later

  • PowerShell 4.0 or later

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.

Exchange Server privileges required

To enable SnapCenter to add Exchange Server or DAG, and to install SnapCenter Plug-in for Microsoft Exchange Server on a host or DAG, you must configure SnapCenter with credentials for a user with a minimum set of privileges and permissions.

You must have a domain user with local administrator privileges, and with local login permissions on the remote Exchange host, as well as administrative permissions on all the nodes in the DAG. The domain user requires the following minimum permissions:

  • Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy

  • Dismount-Database

  • Get-AdServerSettings

  • Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup

  • Get-ExchangeServer

  • Get-MailboxDatabase

  • Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus

  • Get-MailboxServer

  • Get-MailboxStatistics

  • Get-PublicFolderDatabase

  • Move-ActiveMailboxDatabase

  • Move-DatabasePath -ConfigurationOnly:$true

  • Mount-Database

  • New-MailboxDatabase

  • New-PublicFolderDatabase

  • Remove-MailboxDatabase

  • Remove-MailboxDatabaseCopy

  • Remove-PublicFolderDatabase

  • Resume-MailboxDatabaseCopy

  • Set-AdServerSettings

  • Set-MailboxDatabase -allowfilerestore:$true

  • Set-MailboxDatabaseCopy

  • Set-PublicFolderDatabase

  • Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy

  • Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy

Configure gMSA on Windows Server 2012 or later

Before you install the SnapCenter Plug-ins Package for Windows, you should be familiar with some basic host system space requirements and sizing requirements.

Item Requirements

Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.

Minimum RAM for the SnapCenter plug-in on host

1 GB

Minimum install and log space for the SnapCenter plug-in on host

5 GB

Note You should allocate sufficient disk space and monitor the storage consumption by the logs folder. The log space required varies depending on the number of the entities to be protected and the frequency of data protection operations. If there is no sufficient disk space, the logs will not be created for the recently run operations.

Required software packages

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later

  • Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0 or later

  • PowerShell 4.0 or later

For the latest information about supported versions, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.